Salt Lake City

Public Lands Department

Emigration Trailhead

Emigration Trailhead

Location: 2699 E Sunnyside Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

The Emigration Trailhead is located north of Sunnyside Avenue across from Rotary Glen Park and the Hogle Zoo, adjacent to the This is the Place and Zoo overflow parking lot. This location represents the start of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST), which broke ground in 1991. The current footprint consists of approximately 12 unmarked parking stalls on a flat dirt lot and a trailhead kiosk. The Emigration Trailhead is a major access point for existing and future trails around Mt. Wire, Red Butte, Wagner Peak, and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

The Emigration Trailhead will include:

  • graded gravel parking for 17 designated spaces
  • rope and timber fencing and non-irrigated landscaping
  • a welcome plaza with a trailhead information kiosk
  • a “Be WILD” care station including dog waste bags, waste receptacles, invasive weed cleaning brush
  • a picnic table

Note: Due to the existing parking at Rotary Glen Park and the that the Emigration Trailhead has the highest proportion of users accessing the trailhead by foot or bike, only minimal additional parking was scheduled at this time. Future infrastructure improvements at the uphill/east dirt lot on the north side of Sunnyside Avenue could be added at a future date if deemed necessary.

Existing Conditions

Conceptual Design

These documents are under “100% review” as of June 1, 2023, and will be finalized with input from all City departments by the end of the month. Finalized construction documents will be included in bid documents created by the Engineering Division who will select contractors for the trailhead projects in collaboration with the Public Lands Department. Contractors should be selected and contracts completed this summer so that construction should occur at a TBD timeline from August to December 2023.

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