Salt Lake City

Public Lands Department

Salt Lake City Foothills Trail System

Salt Lake City Foothills Natural Area & Trail System

Foothills Natural Area

The Salt Lake City Foothills Natural Area consists of approximately 6,000 acres of canyons and foothills bordering the northern and eastern limits of Salt Lake City. The Foothills consist of open sagebrush grasslands and scrub-oak woodlands and are bordered by Davis County to the north, established neighborhoods to the west and south, and protected Salt Lake City watershed lands to the east. The SLC Foothills have numerous sections created by City Creek Canyon, Dry Creek Canyon, Red Butte Canyon, Emigration Canyon and is bordered on the south by Parley’s Canyon.

Important Notice

Construction is underway along the East Bench around Foothill Drive and I-80 as Public Utilities is working to rehabilitate a water transmission pipeline. This means there are temporary blockages and interruptions on the BST paved section between Foothill Dr. and Parley’s Trail. Users of BST Parley’s Point should also expect interruptions from construction on the south end of the trail. Please stay clear of this area for the next few weeks while construction on this section is underway. Map of affected area. 1/25/23

Foothills Natural Area Current Projects

Rocky Mountain Power Wildfire Mitigation ProjectFoothills Trail System Plan Evaluation2020 Foothills Trail System Plan
Trailhead ImprovementsI Street Bike Park Management PlanFoothills Newsletters

Foothills Trail System Map

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

For additional trail information, click here.

Foothills Trail System Vision & Goals

PROJECT VISION: 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.

The Foothills Trail System Plan outlines five primary goals:

  • Environmentally Sustainable: Trails avoid sensitive habitat, minimize erosion, and make efficient use of available natural lands while protecting the wild and scenic nature of the Foothills landscape. 
  • Enjoyable: Trails cater to a diversity of recreation types and users, and a variety of desired experiences. 
  • Accessible: Trails are accessible to a broad audience of beginner to immediate trail users, including families, seniors, and people with disabilities. 
  • Safe: Trail user conflicts are mitigated and minimized through trail design and use regulations.
  • Low-Maintenance: Trails durian water naturally, follow contours instead of fall-lines, and encourage users to remain on-trail, minimizing maintenance efforts.

Questions or comments? Contact Project Manager Tyler Fonarow at or (801) 535-7845.

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