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Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City

11.08.16

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Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City

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  • Looking down onto Foothill Drive at sunset from Around the Valley.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • View of the upper reaches of City Creek Canyon.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • The Meditation Chapel in Memory Grove near City Creek Canyon.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Riding the Mueller Park Trail.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Bonneville Shoreline Trailhead marker.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • View over the valley from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • The first car jump at Bobsled along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Diving into the Bobsled cutoff along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Big landing at I Street with Salt Lake City's lights in the distance.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Big double at I Street.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • One of many vistas along the Mill Creek Pipeline Mountain Bike Trail.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Views from the Little Cottonwood Trail.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Some of the best features at Corner Canyon are the "down only" singletrack.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • At the Jordan River Parkway, the Shield's Lane Trailhead, 937 W Sheilds Lane.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • The Jordan River and Wasatch Mountains at the East Riverfront.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Jordan River Parkway.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Lower trails marker at Mountain Ranch.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Vista of Utah Lake and Squaw Peak from Mountain Ranch.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Sunset from the Living Room.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Hikers relax on stone furniture at the Living Room. - Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Contributor John Badila takes in the view at the summit of Mount Olympus.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Sunset and views of Salt Lake City from the top of Mount Olympus.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Salt Lake City lights from the trail on an evening descent.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Looking down toward Salt Lake from the lower stage of the Heugh's Canyon Trail.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • Tanner Dog Park.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
  • A trail at Tanner Dog Park.- Adventure in the City: Salt Lake City
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We all want to plan that multi-day outdoor excursion into the heart of the Uinta Mountains, drop caches for canyoneering in the desert, or prep for that excursion to desert sands in western Utah. Then again, some of us are terrible planners. Fortunately for those lucky souls, the wedge between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake is peppered with adventures all its own. There are a lot of hiking and biking destinations within Salt Lake City, and while Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood canyons are known for their outdoor opportunities, sometimes you just want something close to home, a place to go where all you need is a pair of boots or a mountain bike and a couple hours to kill.

We got you covered. Drop into the Bonneville Shoreline Trail early on a workday morning or hit the trail to an overlook of this fair city with a couple of lawn chairs heaved over your shoulder, a couple of brews on ice, a friend, and furry companion leading the way up the trail before dark to catch the sunset over the Great Salt Lake.

On Foot and Paw

  • Living Room Hike: Chairs included! One of the best overlooks near Salt Lake City.
  • Mount Olympus: A *slightly* more aggressive hike that ascends over 4,000 feet.
  • Heughes Canyon: Less crowded than nearby Mount Olympus.
  • Tanner Dog Park: Over 13 miles of canine-friendly trails and watering holes.
  • International Peace Gardens: West of downtown, come here to hit the Jordan River Park Trail or enjoy the artwork from around the world.
  • Parley’s Nature Reserve: Great for pups and runs in a large preserve that follows the length of Parleys Creek.

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