Plan Your Trip
Plan for a safe, fun and respectful visit to Millcreek Canyon. The canyon can get congested, so consider visiting at an off-peak time. Be respectful of the local neighborhood and community, park only in designated areas and pack out everything you pack in. There is a daily access user fee, which is payable when leaving the canyon, and annual passes are available.
Be sure to pack everything you will need, including a topographic map, food, water, warm layers, a flashlight and first aid kit. Cell service can be very spotty in the canyon. Keep a close eye on kids and be watchful for dangers such as snakes, lightning, extreme temperatures/weather, avalanches, rockfalls and high streamflows. Also be sure to stay on marked trails to avoid poison ivy and prevent erosion.
The upper winter gate closes to vehicles November 1 (it reopens late spring) and Millcreek Canyon Road is groomed for cross country skiing. The groomed trail is also open for hiking, snowshoeing and fat bikes. In the winter, those entering the backcountry from a trailhead should regularly consult the Utah Avalanche Center website for critical avalanche safety information.
Millcreek Canyon Inspiration
A Winter Retreat
Although it is located only a few miles from the urban hustle and bustle of Salt Lake City, the Big Water Yurt feels light years away. Located at the top of Millcreek Canyon, the yurt is open only in winter and the only way to get to it is by ski, snowshoe or fat bike.
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Millcreek Canyon's Desolation Overlook
Next to City Creek, Millcreek is Salt Lake’s most well-trafficked urban canyon, entrance requires a small fee but the canyon accesses some of Salt Lake’s best trails and is a lovely scenic drive in and of itself. The Desolation Overlook trailhead is easy to find.
Wasatch Crest Trail (Hiking)
Explore the Wasatch Crest trail for a strenuous day hike with five-star scenery. On even numbered days, mountain bikes allowed – be cautious while hiking.
The summits of Utah dramatic Wasatch Mountain Range stand proudly above the valleys to the west, boasting thousands of feet of prominence.