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Fall Leaves In Salt Lake City

Monday October 24, 2011
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Right now is the perfect time to explore Salt Lake's mountains and canyons, and collect Fall leaves for a beautiful centerpiece. Below are some great places to view the Fall leaves in Salt Lake City:

Big Cottonwood Canyon
Big Cottonwood Canyon is the home of Solitude and Brighton ski resorts. With the many trails around the various lakes, it's a great place for all ages. Silver Lake and Donut Falls are popular and easy hikes for families. Admission to this canyon is free, but because it is a protected watershed area, leave all pets at home.

Little Cottonwood Canyon
Little Cottonwood Canyon is the home of Alta and Snowbird ski resorts. There are many wilderness areas and hiking trails along the way. Admission to this canyon is free, but it is also a protected watershed area, so leave all pets at home.

Millcreek Canyon
Millcreek Canyon is where you will find the award winning Log Haven restaurant, which was voted as "Most Romantic Restaurant" in Salt Lake City. Millcreek Canyon has a river trail for easy hiking, and also many different kinds of birds for the avid bird watcher. There are also many picnic areas, so make sure to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy Utah's beautiful crisp Fall temperatures. The popular Salt Lake Overlook / Desolation Trail is located in Millcreek Canyon. Admission to this canyon is $3 per vehicle per day. Dogs are allowed to be off-leash on odd numbered days.

Butterfield Canyon
Butterfield Canyon is located at the Southern end of Salt Lake City. Once you reach the top of the canyon, you can overlook the world-famous Kennecott Copper Mine. FAST FACT: Did you know that the Kennecott Copper Mine can be seen from outer space?!

Ensign Peak
If you are looking for a family-friendly hike to view the Fall leaves, Ensign Peak is the perfect choice. You will  be able to see the entire Salt Lake valley from here, as well as a beautiful sunset view of the Great Salt Lake, so make sure you bring your cameras! Ensign Peak is also a historical site; Brigham Young led a small group to this spot a few days after arriving in the valley to decide how the city was going to be laid out.

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Emigration Canyon
Emigration Canyon is a popular quick drive for viewing Fall leaves in Salt Lake City. View historical spots along the way where the pioneers stopped and camped as they came into the valley July 1847.

Red Butte Gardens
With their many trails and events available, Red Butte Garden is the perfect place to spend the day viewing the Fall leaves. Young children will enjoy spending time in the Childrens' Garden area. Check out a family backpack from their front desk, take a tour with one of their guides, or just spend the day strolling the gardens on your own. There is a small admission fee, but you can also use your Salt Lake Connect Pass at Red Butte Gardens!

Visit www.EnjoyUtah.org  for more fall leaves viewing areas!