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Salt Lake-Area Parks and Rec Areas

Salt Lake City has several local parks with historical or natural history value, or simply a place to have a picnic.

  • Big Cottonwood Canyon Sledding Hill

  • Gilgal Gardens
    Just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city lies a beautiful and peaceful garden that is hidden in what used to be a local sculptor's back yard.

  • Brigham Young Cemetery and Memorial Park
    Though a bit tricky to find, the park is well worth the walk down First Avenue. A monument to the early Utah pioneers greets visitors along with a patch of spring flowers and fresh green lawns

  • Brigham Young Historic Park
    This favorite local walking spot features lush scenery and beautiful commemorative sculpture in honor of Utah's pioneer heritage.

  • Creekside Park
    Creekside Park sledding hill - Salt Lake City

  • Dimple Dell Park
    Located near the mouth of Little Cottonwood canyon, Dimple Dell Park is a popular sledding spot in the winter and horseback riding and picnicing spot in warmer months.

  • Fairmont Park
    In the winter, many ducks leave the mud holes at other parks and congregate at the Fairmont Park pond, which is not drained.

  • Utah's Hogle Zoo
    FOunded in 1931 an dlocated in north eastern Salt Lake County, the zoo is a favorite of old and young.

  • Jordan River Nature Park
    Picnic on the banks of the Jordan River at the aptly named Jordan River Nature Park maintained by the county.

  • International Peace Gardens Salt Lake City
    The diverse cultures that have contributed to Salt Lake City's character through the years are honored in this park, which lies along the Jordan River at 1000 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT. It was established by the Salt Lake City Council of Women in 1947.

  • Liberty Park
    Whether you're looking for peaceful solitude, want to play tennis with friends, jog around the perimeter on the running track, or visit the Tracy aviary, this park has it all.

  • Memory Grove
    This memorial park was hit bad in the tornado of 1999, but is still one of the quietest parks around. Dog and kid-friendly, the park is in honor of Utahns who fought in battles from World War I through the Vietnam War.

  • More Parks
    Several more parks in the area and surrounding the valley from

  • Mountain Dell Golf Course
    In the wintertime, this is a great sledding hill and cross country skiing area

  • Red Butte Garden
    An extension of the University of Utah, Red Butte Garden is a wealth of information for gardeners and flower

  • Ogden's Eccles Dinosaur Park
    1544 Park Blvd, Ogden, UT See life-size replicas of the creatures that lived 200 million years ago.

  • Riverside Park
    A grass volleyball court, horseshoe pits, two playgrounds, and four tennis courts make up the Riverside Park, located in the northwestern section of Salt Lake City.

  • Sherwood Park
    Power, two barbecues, pavilions, tables, and a fireplace make entertaining easy, and a cement volleyball court gives people a chance to work up a sweat prior to relaxing.

  • Sugarhouse Park
    A nice large park in the center of the salt lake valley, Sugarhouse Park is a place to come and unwind.

  • Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    A Replica of the real thing comes to Utah

  • Veterans Memorial
    If, while driving over the point of the mountain, you have ever noticed the big red A-frame style building over to the west, then you have seen the visitor's center and museum of this park.

  • Yellow Fork Park
    Located in a canyon of the same name, Yellow Fork Park is a county-operated spot for picnics.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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