Open Space Lands

Visit Salt Lake City's Open Spaces

(Please Note: This page is in the process of being updated.)

Salt Lake City’s Parks and Public Lands Division manages numerous open spaces for the benefit of its residents. These properties have been acquired over the years to protect unique landscapes and provide a diversity of experiences. Each property has its own rules for use and its own management goals to preserve them for future generations to enjoy. 

Many of the Open Space Lands border or are near one of the city parks. Visit the Parks list for a look at nearby amenities and other individual parks. You can also view the Parks and Public Lands Interactive Map for all managed properties.

Learn more about how you can help protect Salt Lake City's Open Spaces. 

 

2200 West

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2450 N 2200 W
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4th E Community Garden

The garden, managed by Wasatch Community Gardens, was officially purchased on June 18, 2008. Nurtured by local residents for the past 25 years, the 4th East Garden has become an organic gem within Salt Lake City offering fresh produce, gardening education, and diverse community interaction. The physical, social, and psychological benefit of the living garden among urban dwellers is a valuable asset to all who cooperate in and around the 4th East Community Garden. Salt Lake City holds the conservation easement for this property. Click for map.

553 S 400 E
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9 Line Trail

 

The 9 Line Trail follows the railraod corridor along 900 S. Plans are focused currently between the Jordan River Surplus Canal and 200 W. New bike lanes have been created and trails have been constructed between Redwood Road and 700 W. The trail bolsters connectivity and diversifies transportation options in the city. Click for map


For more information, visit the 9 Line Corridor Plan page or view this video about the 9 Line Trail.

 

980 W MONTAGUE AVE
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Alzheimer's Wildlife Grove


 

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Alzheimer’s Wildlife Grove was dedicated to those who have been affected my Alzheimer’s. This secluded area was meant to help serve as a respite for many caregivers whose lives are stressed by the disease. Alzheimer’s Wildlife Grove is a great place to escape to and enjoy its beautiful backdrop. 

As a secluded spot, Alzheimer’s Wildlife Grove is ideal for providing an aesthetic backdrop to many forms of passive recreation. Click for map.

280 S 1200 W
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Arcadia Heights Open Space

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The Arcadia Heights Open Space is southeast of the actual trailhead that connects Lakeline Drive to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. There are no trails or amenities at this site but it is located southeast of the actual trailhead that connects Lakeline Drive to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Arcadia Heights is a great viewpoint for the entire valley and a great place to see the sunset. In the "Arcadia Heights, Benchmark, and H Rock Small Area Plan," the steering committee concluded to support connectivity on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, urge the creation of more parks, and establish open space lands preservation strategies among other factors. Click for map.

Visit the Arcadia Trailhead summary on the City Parks webpage.

2055 S LAKELINE DRIVE
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Bend in the River

 

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Bend in the River came about through a partnership between SLC Parks, the University of Utah’s Lowell Bennion Center and nearby neighbors to create an urban site devoted to ecological restoration, volunteer work, education and research. On this site there is an outdoor classroom available for hands-on exploration and discovery, areas dedicated to restoration and riparian improvement, and also serves as a place for the surrounding residents to gather and gain a sense of community.  Click for Map
Click here for more information regarding Bend In The River.

 

1037 W FREMONT AVENUE
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Blaine Preserve

 

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There are no amenities at this site but it serves as a great place to view and experience Emigration Creek. The area affords habitat for birds and other animals. Don’t miss this hidden gem! Click for map.

1515 E BLAINE AVENUE
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Bonneville Shoreline Preserve


In 2006, the County Council voted to approve $1.75 million for a conservation easement on 58 acres of land at the border of Salt Lake and Davis Counties. High benches and foothills make up the land. This preserve provides a buffer between the cities of North Salt Lake and Salt Lake City. It offers a walking trail, wildlife habitat, and spectacular views of the valley. The project is a partnership between Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, North Salt Lake, and Utah Open Lands. Click for map!

Visit the Bonneville Shoreline Preserve summary on the City Parks webpage.

2388 N BECK STREET
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Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Stretching from North Salt Lake to Parley’s Canyon, this 13.5-mile trail provides unparalleled views of the Salt Lake Valley. The unique urban-wildlife interface of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail offers many recreational activities from hiking and biking, to bird watching and nature study.

Other Areas

A number of sites that the Open Space Lands Program manages intersect the Bonneville Shoreline Trail or can be reached from the trail and other Open Space Lands.

Site

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Bonneville Shoreline Preserve 2388 N BECK STREET see full description
Foothill Open Space 1580 N BECK STREET  
Foothill Open Space 690 N NEW BONNEVILLE PL  
Foothill Open Space 747 N RICHLAND DRIVE (NO ACCESS)  
North Bonneville Natural Area 933 E NORTH BONNEVILLE DRIVE  

Visit the Bonneville Shoreline Trail summary on the City Parks webpage.


For a detailed map or more information, visit the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Website.

 

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City Creek Natural Area

 

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This area surrounds City Creek Park. It offers off leash designated areas for dog owners and a great place to enjoy nature. The natural area helps preserve the quality of water flowing from City Creek as well as provide habitat for wildlife. The area is rich in pioneer history and provides city residents with a place to escape the urban landscape.  Click for map.

Visit the City Creek Park summary on the City Parks webpage.

375 N CANYON ROAD
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Columbus Hillside Preserve

 

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Columbus Hillside Preserve, located north of the state capitol building, offers great views of the city and surrounding areas. The location is easily accessed and offers opportunities for recreation, including walking, birdwatching, photography, and more. Click for map.

 

661 COLUMBUS ST
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Ensign Peak Nature Park

Many visitors frequent Ensign Peak Nature Park for hiking and biking. It connects Ensign Peak to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and is one of the most popular entryways into the valley foothills, making the area particularly vulnerable to erosion and trail widening. If you visit Ensign Peak Nature Park, please stay on designated trails. The area provides critical habitat and range for a number of animals and birds. It connects to Stansbury Shoreline Preserve along Sandhurst Drive. Click for map.

Other Areas

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Ensign North  1291 OAK FOREST ROAD  

Visit the Ensign Peak Nature Park summary on the City Parks webpage.

1002 N ENSIGN VISTA DR
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Dry Creek Detention Basin

 

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This is one of more than 30 detention basins in the city. In addition to providing flood control for Dry Creek, the area offers an open, dry area for rest and relaxation. It is a great place to view wildlife such as deer and different species of birds. Click for map.

1691 E FEDERAL HEIGHTS DRIVE
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East Bench Preserve

The East Bench Preserve provides hiking trails and scenic views of the Salt Lake Valley. Comprised of over 42 acres of land, the East Bench Preserve includes the largest section of open space land below the trail protected in the county. The city coordinated with Utah Open Lands, the Salt Lake City Open Space Fund, the LeRay McAllister Critical Lands Conservation Fund, the Highland High Foundation, and the East Bench Community Council to preserve the 12.8 acres. Salt Lake County holds the conservation easement on the H-Rock property. Click for map.

2795 E 2100 S
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Hidden Hollow Preserve

 

Hidden Hollow is a natural area secluded amidst the city confines of the commercial district of Sugar House. In 1990, a group of schoolchildren from Hawthorne Elementary restored and revived what was once a forgotten pile of construction debris covering the abandoned creek-side park. Hidden Hollow is now a thriving urban natural area and outdoor classroom. In May of 2000, Salt Lake City protected Hidden Hollow by granting a conservation easement to Utah Open Lands. Click for map.

Hidden Hollow is recognized as a model for open space preservation through community participation. The students who organized KOPE Kids (visit their facebook) advocated for the protection of this area and encouraged it be set aside. Many community members have played instrumental roles in protecting Hidden Hollow and this section of Parley's Creek.

Hidden Hollow Natural Area Master Plan

10 Year Anniversary-Hidden Hollow Conservation Celebration

Visit the Hidden Hollow summary on the City Parks webpage.

1229 E WILMINGTON AVENUE
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Jordan River Parkway Trail

Historically, the Jordan River had substantial meander corridors with marshes, oxbows, sloughs and ponds. Today, it is a highly channelized and developed river in an urban matrix. Flowing north, the Jordan River connects Utah Lake to Great Salt Lake. Portions of the Jordan River Parkway mixed-use trail have been developed and maintained by the various municipalities that the river runs through. The Jordan River Parkway trail meanders past many historical and recreational landmarks and the river is a living fixture of the community. View the Open Space Lands Program's restoration efforts to make the Jordan River a resilient and welcoming fixture for city residents.

Other Areas

The Jordan River Parkway Trail is subdivided into a number of areas in Salt Lake City; each section has its own unique features and charm. Have you visited them all?

Site

Address

 
1700 S Restoration 1180 W 1700 S
2100 S Restoration 1630 W 2100 S
900 S Oxbow 945 S 1100 W
Alzheimers Wildlife Grove 280 S 1200 W see full description
Backman 592 N RIVERSIDE DRIVE (access on 500 N or 700 N)  
Bend in the River 1037 W FREMONT AVENUE see full description
Constitution 1639 W 500 N  
Franklin 1139 W 300 SOUTH
Gadsby 1217 W NORTH TEMPLE ST
Goshen 790 S GOSHEN ST (ALT: 1098 W 800 S; 736 W 1100 S)
Jake Garn 1121 W 500 S
KOA 1300 W 300 N
Neighborhood House 1129 W 400 S (ALT: 1122 W 500 S)
North Riverside 1555 W 1000 N  
Northwest Recreation Center 412 N CHAZ COURT  
Peace Gardens 1136 W MEAD AVENUE (ALT: 1105 W AMERICAN AVENUE)
Recreational Athletic Complex (RAC) 1835 N REDWOOD ROAD see full description
Riverview 1515 W RIVERVIEW AVENUE (ALT: 1815 N CATHERINE STREET)
Seven Peaks Boat Dock 1167 W 1700 S (access dock through Water Park Parking Lot)
South Riverside 1180 W 1700 S

 

Visit the Jordan River Parkway Trail summary on the City Parks webpage.

Jordan River
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Kay Rees Natural Area

 

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This area is great for short walks, quiet contemplation and peaceful relaxation. It lies adjacent to a dog park with the same name. Click for map.

Visit the Kay Rees Park summary on the City Parks webpage.

535 E FOURTEENTH AVENUE
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Miller Park Bird Refuge and Nature Park

   

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Lee Charles Miller Park Bird Refuge and Nature Park was established by the city after receiving a land donation from Minnie Miller in 1935 in honor of her husband Lee Charles Miller, a highly influential mortgage lender. The park is an important wildlife corridor and waypoint for migrating neo-tropical birds. The creek is an important habitat for Bonneville cutthroat and the June sucker, two Utah endemic fish species that were reintroduced after oil spills further decimated their populations. These spills and other disruptive features in this riparian setting have provoked a major restoration effort by the city for the park. This refuge and preserve is well-loved and offers trails and viewpoints for visitors.

These spills and other disruptive features in this riparian setting have provoked a major restoration effort by the city for the park. Visit our riparian restoration project to learn more. 

This refuge and preserve is well-loved and offers trails and viewpoints for visitors. Click for map.

1550 E BONNEVIEW DRIVE (ALT: 1720 E 900 S)
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Parley's Historic Nature Park

Parley's Historic Nature Park is 70+ acres of open space land west of Parley's canyon. The park features historic landmarks, Parley's creek, Parley's trail, a bike terrain park, and areas for both on-leash and off-leash enjoyment for dog owners. Click for map

See the Master Plan developments for Parley's Historic Nature Park.

Visit the Parley's Historic Nature Park summary on the City Parks webpage.

2833 S 2870 E
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Perrys Hollow Preserve

One of the access points from the city to the foothills, Perrys Hollow Preserve offers a pleasant hiking trail. In 1945, a cloudburst flood altered the landscape of the hollow, and traces of the event can still be seen. Click for map.

 

527 N PERRYS HOLLOW RD (ALT: 1161 E CHANDLER DRIVE)
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Regional Athletic Complex

The Open Space Lands Program is involved primarily with the wetlands and stream habitats at the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC). The area is significant for its habitat value, its linkage to the Jordan River Parkway Trail, and connection to trails and sites in North Salt Lake. A motor park exists at the northern end of the area, and the model airport that used to be located at this site is to be relocated. Visit the Modelport page for more information.

Parking for the Jordan River Parkway Trail is on the southeast part of the RAC just north of the middle school. Click for map.

Click here for more information on progress regarding the Regional Athletic Complex.

1835 N Redwood Road
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Spring Gulch Preserve

Spring Gulch Preserve has beautiful views and quiet trails. The property crosses the Bonneville Shoreline and can be accessed from at least two points along the road. Click for map.

1470 E TOMAHAWK DRIVE
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Stansbury Shoreline Preserve

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Stansbury Shoreline Preserve's extensive grounds increase connectivity in the lower foothills by joining Columbus Hillside Preserve to Ensign Peak Nature Park to Warm Springs Park and North Gateway Park. Such connections create natural corridors for wildlife to move more freely, find cover, and forage. The area is steep in many parts and less accessible than other open spaces along the foothills. Stansbury Shoreline Preserve is best entered through Columbus Hillside Preserve. A trail follows the length of Victory Road above Beck Street. Click for map.

1000 N VICTORY ROAD (ALT: 943 N SANDHURST DRIVE)
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Wasatch Hollow Preserve

   

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On May 6th 2009, Salt Lake celebrated the establishment of the Wasatch Hollow Preserve. This was accomplished with funds from Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County Open Space Programs as well as a generous donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints. The project also received support from Utah Open Lands, the Wasatch Hollow Community Council, and Wasatch Hollow Community Association. Emigration Creek runs through the heart of the Wasatch Hollow Preserve and is fed by natural springs year round. The natural area along Emigration Creek in Wasatch Hollow Preserve presents valuable educational, aesthetic, recreational, and social opportunities as a unique natural area within an urban context. Click for map.

Follow link to view plans for the restoration and managment of Wasatch Hollow Preserve.

 
1631 E 1700 S
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