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 weather will be hot! There are still some great wildflowers to see along the Foothills trails. Check out this wildflower blog post highlighting some of the best blooms and where to find them.
  • Beat the heat: Start your hike, run or ride before 10am and find shade along the BST East City Creek, Lower City Creek Loop, BST Parley’s Pointe, BST Dry Creek, and along the Victory switchbacks leading to Hell Canyon.
  • Or, start your activity in the evening. In the evenings, find shade and relief from the heat along the BST West City Creek, Lower City Creek Loop, Terrace Hills East, Ensign Peak Trail, Dry Creek Trail, and along the Upper Avenues Ridge.

Potential Trail Closures

Rocky Mountain Power will be conducting significant repairs to their infrastructure in the Foothills between City Creek and Perry’s Hollow beginning in Spring 2024.

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.

Stay in the Know!

Subscribe to our newsletter to hear about volunteer opportunities, upcoming projects, adventure recommendations and more.

Questions or comments? Contact Project Manager Tyler Fonarow at or (801) 347-8663.

Foothills Trail System Map

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

For additional trail information, click here.