Beautiful seclusion just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. Easy Access. No Car Days. Low Traffic. Water Access. Restroom Access. 11.6 miles. 1,370 foot elevation gain.

City Creek Canyon is a hidden gem, just minutes away from downtown Salt Lake City. Secluded winding roads will take you deep into the canyon, away from the bustling city. The sounds of the creek, canyon views, and the thick forest that lines the road provide for the perfect, quick escape.

Starting elevation is 4,670 ft. The road steadily climbs aside the creek bed to about 6,040 ft over the course of 5.8 Miles. There are several restrooms and picnic areas along the way, which provide great break areas or turnaround points for anyone that is not capable of or ready to make the entire climb.

During the summer, cycling is only allowed in the canyon on odd days beginning the last Monday in May and ending the last even day of September. This may seem cumbersome, but the upside is that there are no cars allowed on these days. Regardless of date, bicycling is not allowed on summer holidays.

Getting There:
Park on the east side of the Utah State Capitol Building. You will find plenty of parking stalls lining the public road. Suit up, take in the view of the Capitol Building, and ride north along the road to the first intersection. Turn right onto Penny Parade Dr. (also known as Canyon Rd) and continue approximately 1 mile to City Creek Canyon Rd. Hang a left and make your way up the canyon.

Pack List

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Riding Glasses
  • Pump
  • Water Bottle
  • Snack
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Activities Cycling
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic

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Beautiful Ride

One of my favorite rides close to SLC! Extra pretty in the fall. Path is well-maintained and it’s nice to not worry about vehicle traffic. Great running spot too!

Beautiful Canyon With Many Opportunities

During the summer you can drive a car up on even days and hike or BBQ at beautiful Spots along the road. Odd day are no cars and fantastic for road biking.


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