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Jordan River Parkway Cycling

Kyle Jenkins | Cottonwood Heights, UT

Friday April 8, 2016

The Jordan River Parkway is a massive network of paved trails in the greater Salt Lake City area that is perfect for road biking and walking along the Jordan River.

Walking or riding, everyone loves this trail.

There are dozens of trailheads that run north to south along the route that offer parks, covered picnic tables, bathrooms, pavilions and even fishing ponds.

Shields Lane trailhead has a small park and a few picnic tables

Water fowl can be seen frequently along the river, and several places have pullouts and benches that allow you to go down by the water to feed the ducks.

A few of the locals

The Nature Center in Murray, the Conservation Garden Park, and the Redwood Nature Area are some of the facilities along the trail that allow for more interactive experiences for children and adults alike. There is a lot more going on along the parkway than simply a place to walk and ride.

Red breasted Robin in a Eucalyptus tree along the Jordan River Parkway

It is a large project that spans many counties and is based around conservation and education. It is one of the many reasons Salt Lake City is considered a great outdoor city. Eventually the trail will run from Utah County in the south to the Great Salt Lake in the north, a distance of over 40 miles that will be an unbroken route when complete. As of 2015 a vast majority of the project has been finished, and there are just some small gaps in sections.

Looking south along the Jordan River to the Oquirrh Mountains

There is an equestrian section along the route as well, and dogs are allowed on leash with off leash areas available. You can fly your model airplanes and even ride off-road vehicles in designated areas.

Pros: Many trailheads and amenities. Very long rides possible. Dogs allowed.

Cons: Can be crowded.

Congestion: Moderate

Preferable Season(s): Summer, Fall

Day-Use/Parking Pass Required: Not Required

Total Distance: 40.00 mi (64.37 km)

Terrain Difficulty: GREEN

Trailhead Elev.: 4,280 ft (1,305 m)

Net Elev. Gain: 100 ft (30 m)

Trail Uses: Hiking, Biking, Horseback

Trail type: There-and-back

Dogs allowed?: Yes

Check out more about this trail at Outdoor Project or download the PDF guide to print and take with you.