Jordan River Parkway Trail | Utah Trails (2023)

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ATTENTION goat heads!!!

January 2021 cxyou9

Definitely go tubeless for this trail because goat heads were everywhere. We each had a flat tire (or multiple flats) on this trail. Other than that, a great easy trail isolated from cars and traffic.

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See lots of deer riding between 10400 S and 14600 S. Nice view of the valley. The river stinks, but it's still beautiful.

august 2020 slcgurl

See lots of deer riding between 10400 S and 14600 S. Nice view of the valley. The river stinks, but it's still beautiful.

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Wonderful from beginning to end

April 2020 stephaniewellsmason

My daughter and I recently decided to walk all around the JRT. Up to this point we had only walked a short distance into Murray. We were so impressed with the entire trail system! The entire route is well signposted and easy to follow. There are sections that are quiet and secluded, while others are closer to the city and roads. There are also wonderful bridges along the way. I'm proud to say we made it! I highly recommend this trail to everyone and am so happy to see the tax dollars being spent on a wonderful outdoor experience!

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Jordan River is Cray!

April 2020 kristymcmurray79

I did this trail for the first time today on a road bike and it's not what I expected. Beautiful nature and I love the feeling, it's crazy up and down between Lehi and Riverton all the time. I love it for the beauty and the challenge. I will definitely do it again.

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bonito

december 2019 Astronomer

Beautifully landscaped and well maintained walking trail. A little hard to follow at some intersections. Much more rolling hills than most RTTs.

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Great trail but no signage

May 2019 rdwill1984

I walk part of the trail from Redwood Trailhead Park to River Oaks Golf Course and back. There is a great lack of signage to show the main path and you end up taking too many wrong turns or constantly stopping to check whether or not you need to turn. This gets a little frustrating as you don't get a nice smooth ride, more of a stop and go ride all the time. I think I took 6 or 7 wrong turns and had to go back. Other than that, the trail needs some maintenance. There are a lot of cracks due to roots under the asphalt and some of the bridges need a new surface, but I wasn't too worried. Forget the negatives, it's a really nice walk along the river and you don't have to deal with traffic which is great. The views of the mountains are incredible, especially when you go further south. When I return to Salt Lake City I will definitely do this route again, but I will take my GPS with me next time as it will save me a lot of headaches. I would recommend this route, but bring your GPS and watch out for strong southerly winds. It makes strong headwinds on the way south, but great on the return.

This trail is worth skating - you can get good speed and mileage out of the more crowded and sticky areas of the trail.

Other posters are correct, signage is limited but not a big deal.

I started at James Madison Park and walked about 15 miles south.

The best thing about this trail is that everyone is so friendly and will wave hello.

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beautiful urban trail

September 2017 kerund

Headed south from Rose Park. There are a few road crossings, but the trail is well maintained and pleasant to drive. There are several parks with restrooms along the route. As others have said, signage is poor, but keep an eye on the river.

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great tour

September 2017 Wolfpack099

Visiting WA state, I found this route on TrailLink. A 10 minute drive from Air BNB where I stayed. have a nice trip. Drove south of South Jordan about 16 miles and back into town. Well maintained trail, free of goat heads!!, Great facilities/water every few miles. One of the most beautiful trails I've done lately. I wish I had more time to do more of that.

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400S SLC for Thanksgiving

September 2017 mspong

Overall, it was a bit of a frustrating experience, mainly due to the lack of signals. St George, for example, has excellent signage with distances, timetables to places of interest for walkers and cyclists and, most importantly, arrows to show you the way. I made several wrong turns on the Jordan River Trail, which were quickly corrected by checking my GPS frequently. If you are new to this trail, I strongly recommend taking a GPS with you. Scout Candidates: Please note that adding signs would be an excellent project.

There were many sharp turns that forced a sharp reduction in speed. There were a few wooden walkways and wooden plank bridges over the many river crossings. In many places, tree roots caused damage to the trail surface, and in some places there were only pedestrian sidewalks which were bumpy. Most of the trail had cracks every hundred feet deep. Lack of signage, sharp curves, bridges and bumps in general made it very difficult to maintain speed, especially at the north end of the trail. Generally trail conditions improved towards the south, but were certainly not ideal for the entire length of the trail. Utah County's Murdock Canal Trail sets the bar very high.

The trail is almost flat except near the south at the Point of the Mountain. At every point where I thought I could pick up and maintain speed, I ran into a hairpin turn and/or got knocked over by motor vehicle barriers that enforced speed reductions.

There are several very nice views along the way. It is an excellent alternative to driving in traffic. For the most part, the trail kept me off surface roads and, most importantly, avoided busy intersections with underpasses. There were occasional places with toilets/water fountains, mainly in the north.

Other reviewers have mentioned safety concerns north of the trail, which I agree there were some sketchy people in sleeping bags at some off-trail parks. The rest of the way I was generally greeted by the typically friendly gestures of fellow cyclists waving/nodding at each other.

Overall, I would classify the Jordan River Trail as a non-serious pedestrian and bike trail. The trail is usable, but I would prefer something like the path to Snowbird, Alpine Loop, Murdock Canal Trail,...

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Trax Ride on the Red Line

july 2017 ricpratt@comcast.net

I've hiked this trail many times (12-15). First I take the Red Line Trax from the stadium (13th South) to Gardner Village. It's about 15 miles back to the stadium. I usually leave the trail at International Peace Gardens about 1000 South and head east on 900 South, then south to the trailhead. Road condition varies, as do traffic jams. There are several parks with water and restrooms.

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Never a flat tire here!

September 2016 Ronthematson

I haven't walked this trail in years because of the thorns on the goat's head. With newer sections and added links I thought I'd give it another try. Many passes were great fun, some a little bumpy due to roots under the tarmac. I drove north off 45th South to about 200 South in the Salt Flats, where it looked like the trail would end. I turned and rode south to the Mountain Top area. After 5 or 6 wrong turns that took me off my intended route due to no markers and the goathead spikes I found in my tires when I got home, I won't be back anytime soon.

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I agree that the trail needs to be better signposted.

july 2016 donaldmorgan1245

The trail is a pleasant, non-technical ride. It's hard to follow and needs better marking. I want to walk the trail further, but it looks like some sections are closed. Bathrooms are good in some areas and very poor in others. The ones in Gardner Village are awful and whoever is responsible for this section should be ashamed of themselves!

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terribly marked trail

September 2015 bchat4

This trail was good to drive but is terribly marked. My mother and I planned to do an 80-mile bike ride, so we wanted to cycle the entire way. We were so confused the whole time. There were so many different turns that weren't marked. It was so confusing! I think it would have been a great trail to ride it, it just needs to be much better signposted.

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Closed trail north of Thanksgiving Point

June 2015 ggwbikemt

Driving this trail north of Utah Lake on June 19th, I found that the trail is closed north of Thanksgiving Golf Course/Garden and in the Jordan Narrows and Camp Williams area (9.5 miles from the south end). It is over 2 miles north of the nearest legal access point and nearly 3 miles north of the Utah Highway 85 underpass. There were NO warning signs for this closure on nearby trails. It's a construction project and I'm not sure how long the trail will be closed. If you are not willing to drive on busy 4 lane highways (bike lanes available) there is no detour. There were no advertisements that I could find on any of the trail sites. Keep this in mind if you intend to use the hiking trail in this area.

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I love the park area.

March 2015 jazz

I've been riding the Parkway for a few years now and I love it. I'm driving south from Rose Park to work on 47th South. Pleasant walk, very beautiful and not technical or hilly. However, beware of goat heads. :( I also take it north on the weekends as it's now fully connected to the Legacy. I remember having to go through some of those back areas to get to the Legacy, it's now paved and has a nice bridge over this area YES !You can drive 37 miles one way if you drive from Farmington to 106th South...

I know a lot of people are nervous about certain parts of this trail, but I'm a solo rider and have always felt safe. I find certain parts of the trail MUCH more enjoyable than others... But overall I like not having to deal with cars on my way to work.

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Good trail for leisurely pedaling

November 2014 longe

The JRP was my favorite Salt Lake Valley tour this fall. I usually take the 1700S and go as far south as I have time. The farthest south I went was Midvale, somewhere past 8000 S. My favorite section is between 3300 S and Winchester. Murray is doing an excellent job maintaining the trail and just north of 3900 S there is this beautiful group of trees that you must see. The West Jordan part is pretty desolate, the Taylorsville part is poorly maintained with hairpin turns, and the West Valley City part runs through a swamp so it smells really bad. I wish intersections were labeled everywhere (they are in Murray). The Salt Lake City part can be quite tricky driving through Glendale. Too many unfriendly looking people with guns and knives for my taste. Rosenpark is good though. The detour around the central station is not that bad. Watch out for bumpy vines along the entire route - especially where it's recently flooded.

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Update

September 2014 bkel

Construction on 12400 South is complete and ready for traffic. I look forward to the day when all sections of the trail are complete. Love the birdlife on this trail.

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okay not great

july 2014 jj100750

We took this tour yesterday. We took the train from Salt Lake City to American Fork and then drove to the Jordan River.

I would say the trail is a good ride, but certainly not one of the best. We started in Saratoga Springs and went through Salt Lake City. The trail consists of many different sections, some good, some not so much. In Utah county, the trail is very beautiful and well maintained.

If you board the SLC, the southern part of the trail through Sandy is good. When you get to Midvale and Murray the trail is not very good, rough and not very well maintained.

After crossing Salt Lake City (21st South), the trail improves and crosses Salt Lake.

My biggest gripe with the trail is the lack of signage. For the most part there are no signposts and as I recall none of the under/over passes are marked. Growing up in SLC, I still had to resort to my GPS to determine where we were.

Overall, the tour was fun and made for an enjoyable morning.

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Great trail to avoid traffic

july 2014 Harddrains

For casual cyclists who want to listen to podcasts or music, this is a great way to avoid traffic noise.

I climbed Provo Canyon (via the Murdock Trail) from Rose Park Golf Course to Vivian Park - but not all at once!

The tunnel below 90° is complete and we hope it will soon connect Spring View Farms across the Narrows to Thanksgiving Point.

There are several crossroads from 17th South to Rose Park, but going south there is only one crossroads at 59th South. The trail usually goes under the road, except on South 39th, where you cross it.

The round trip from Spring View Farms to Rose Park Golf Course is 60 miles long and offers plenty of spots to refill water.

My recommendation is to wear goggles and something to block your mouth because you're going to be swallowing bugs - and my mouthguard blocked some pretty big flies! I also recommend a long-sleeved shirt. Last year I was stung on my bare arm by a wasp.

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Excellent trail for frequent cycling

july 2014 bkel

I regularly drive the Bluffton section to Royal Oaks Golf Course and it's a fabulous trip. There is a breach near Riverton (12600 South) where the city has been repairing the underpass for about 4 months. When completed, you can ride this section for over 10 miles (one way) without even going near a car. Jordan Narrows to Utah Lake is also a fabulous trail with mountainous terrain and a spectacular view of Utah Lake at the end. There's also a remote control model airplane park at the end, although I never saw anyone use it. The northern sections of this trail are a little trickier, with some blind turns and tight switchbacks. Driving this trail is a good way to start or end your day.

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106 So. to 90 Sun.

july 2014 happened1

I'm a new biker, I'm 65 years old and had knee surgery 7 months ago... This section has little incline and is perfect for beginners... Beautiful scenery behind two golf courses... Water... Geese. Ducks... Not much shade on the new section of 90th South, but I'm so glad the tunnel below 90th has been open since May 2014. Parking available at River Oaks Golf Course... at 9400 Sun.

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Nord bis Farmington Station 6

May 2014 shaunaspringer

On Saturday, May 14, 2014, I drove from 6north to Farmington Station via Jordan Parkway and then connected Legacy North to Farmington Station. Great ride, smooth, less trips in the afternoon. It makes a round trip of 34 miles. There's Harmon's in Farmington Station with a great lunch salad bar.

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Jordan River Park

February 2011 Natal

The Jordan is one of the few north-flowing rivers in the United States.
The trail is closed 6.1 miles (6.1 mi) north of the "Zero" sign until the end of 2011 for road construction. There are 6 gaps in the trail. The zero mile marker is at N403534 W111.90315 next to Saratoga Dr. North of Willow Park is a sign for the Jordan River Parkway. Trail surface has some 2-3 inch wide expansion cracks otherwise in good condition. Great prospects. Re-entered the trail at N40.42170 W111.89358, parked on the street and took the road that leads to the 7 mile marker. From 7 miles north to Jordon Narrows Trail Head at N40.44525 W111.92701, the trail ends with a 0.2 mile, 10% incline to the highest point at 4,651 feet. This section of the trail has BIG LANDSCAPE
I resumed the trail at Spring View Farms TH N40.48666 W111.92710 and found that it is closed for canal construction within 2.8 miles at N40.51782 W111.91422, due to open Spring 2011. . As of 7800S, the trail is open north to the I-80 underpass approximately 15 miles and south 1.2 miles. The trail north of the small gap off I-80 has more shade, but also more root waves. Asphalt surface completed for N Redwood Road at N40.80785 W111.93915. The trail has many unmarked side trails for communities along the trail. It makes discovering endings an adventure.
If this trail is complete and maintained I would rate it 5 stars.
Noel Keller September 25 to October 1, 2010

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