The Salt Lake Scene

Jordan River Parkway: Urban Open Space

The Jordan River, Salt Lake CityThe Jordan River runs north-south through the center of the Salt Lake Valley, just west and mostly parallel to I-15. Nestled in the preserved open space along the river is the Jordan River Parkway trail, which will eventually stretch continuously from the Davis County line in the north to the Utah County line in the south.

Thanks to Salt Lake County's Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) sales tax revenue, 13 miles of the trail are complete and accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

The parkway trail winds and rolls through wetlands along the river. As you walk, run, skate or ride along past cattails, willows, foxes, beavers and eagles, it's hard to believe that you are right in the heart of urban and/or suburban Salt Lake.

Jordan River Parkway TrailYou can access trailheads with restrooms and parking areas at:

  • 1000 West 2320 South,

  • 1050 West 3900 South

  • 600 West 4800 South.

There are paved pedestrian and cycling paths from 2100 to 4800 South, 9800 to 11200 South, 12300 South to Bangerter Highway (13900 South) and 17000 South to the Utah County Line. Charming little bridges cross the river at irregular intervals along the path, and many of the busy roads are avoided through underpasses.
No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail or in the water. There is a canoe and small boat launch at Oxbow Park, 1100 West 3300 South.

The Salt Lake community has been very involved in the river's restoration. Neighborhood groups and school classes are engaging to strengthen the riparian zone and reinforce natural habitat. It's so nice to see a community come together to preserve such an expansive natural area, and make it so easily accessible to enjoy.

Parkway Map