Salt Lake City

Public Lands Department

SLC Foothills Trail System Trailhead Infrastructure Improvement Project

SLC Foothills

Trailhead Infrastructure Improvement Project

This project will make improvements to five trailhead locations throughout the Foothills trail system. 


Ongoing– through 2023

December 5, 2022 Update
The current construction at the Emigration overflow parking lot is NOT related to this project. The Hogle Zoo and This Is The Place (TITP) Heritage Park have an agreement for the Zoo to relocate soil from their renovation project into the natural basin above this lot. TITP has asked the Zoo to close off that trail access when their project has been completed. SLC Public Lands will work with TITP on creating a new access trail to the BST and Wagner Springs Trails from the overflow parking lot when the construction is complete. Please use the existing trailhead to access the trails.

Full Project Scope

The Salt Lake City Foothills Trail System Plan proposes a trail network for the Foothills Natural Area bordering the City that combines the improvement and incorporation of some existing trails with the addition of new safe, accessible, and sustainable alignments. The trail network recommendations were designed and informed by studies, stakeholders, and government agencies and will continue to be evaluated and implemented over the course of the plan.

Salt Lake City Public Lands Department has initiated the development of new trailheads and amenities at five existing access locations: Victory Road, Bonneville Blvd (Salt Dome), 18th Ave (Hilltop Road), Popperton Park, and Emigration Trailhead. This project supports the greater demand for open space access, recreational opportunities, trail sustainability, and natural land conservation. Trailhead improvements should also reduce parking impacts in neighborhoods adjacent to the Foothills Natural Area. The City has committed $1.3M, which has been matched by a generous grant from the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, toward infrastructure improvements at the five trailheads.  

Click here for the Design Schedule for the Trailhead Project.

Project Locations

Victory Road

Bonneville Blvd

18th Ave

Popperton Park

Emigration Trailhead


Tyler Fonarow
Recreational Trails Manager

Project Area Map

Individual Trailhead Projects

The Public Lands Department asked for community input based on the individual trailhead’s 40% designs (as shown below). An online survey was open for five weeks this fall and our staff held numerous tabling events at the trailheads as well. This feedback has been greatly appreciated and resulted in various design and amenity improvements to be considered for the 70% drawings due in November.

To learn more about the specific trailheads, select the corresponding trailhead below.

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