Salt Lake City

Public Lands Department

Salt Lake City Foothills Trail System

Salt Lake City Foothills
Natural Area & Trail System

  • Weekend outlook: Trails are dry and the temperatures are high! Recreate responsibly in the Foothills and reconsider bringing your pup with you if you do choose to go out.
  • Fireworks Ban: Remember – NO FIREWORKS ARE ALLOWED in the Foothills and surrounding neighborhoods. Learn more here.
  • Be Wildfire Aware: The majority of wildfires in Utah are human-caused, a result of campfires, vehicles and unsecured chains, fireworks and firearms.
  • Beat the heat: Start your hike, run or ride before 10am or after 8pm. Seek shady routes and bring plenty of water.

About the Foothills Natural Area

The Salt Lake City Foothills Natural Area (“The Foothills”) consists of approximately 6,000 acres of designated open space bordering the northern and eastern limits of Salt Lake City running from Davis County to Emigration to Parley’s Canyon. The Foothills are home to sagebrush grasslands, steep canyons, scrub-oak woodlands, local flora and fauna, and an abundance of recreation. Historically, trails throughout the Foothills have been largely unplanned or unmanaged, except for the construction of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The Salt Lake City Public Lands Department proposed a vision for sustainable recreation in the Foothills Natural Area which produced the 2020 Salt Lake City Foothills Trail System Plan.

Current Projects

To view current projects happening in the Salt Lake City Foothills visit our project page.

Foothills Trails System Vision & Goals

The Foothills Natural Area will provide a variety of recreational trail experiences for diverse ages and abilities while managing the Foothills’ environmental resources for future generations. Learn more about the plan and goals here.

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Foothills Trail System Map

Click on the various trail segments on the map below to learn more.

For additional trail information, click here.