Trail Talk

Trails Utah Monthly Newsletter
Welcome to Trail Talk, Trails Utah's newsletter featuring updates on our trails and advocacy work, information from our partners, events, trail jobs and more.

Trails Utah is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to trails planning, funding, sustainable design and construction, and advocacy in needed areas throughout Utah. We seek to connect, steward and celebrate our communities and Utah's natural spaces.

We hope you find Trail Talk educational and even entertaining!

Trail Updates

What's new with our trails, and with Trails Utah?

We have had higher-than-usual snowfall in the past couple of months, so avalanche danger has regularly been moderate to high in many places you recreate in Utah's snowy areas. Please Know Before You Go by checking out Utah Avalanche Center's daily avalanche risk updates. Find out more and sign up for updates. For specific info on the LaSals, follow UAC on Instagram.


We are pleased to announce our "All Things Trails" resource list. Find links to the many trail organizations, alliances, foundations, clubs, apps & even some events that are dedicated to trails in Utah. Learning about trails has never been easier!


New Trail Projects

Rim to River Trail

Trails Utah is working with a private land owner in Washington County to create a public access trail from the canyon rim down to the river in Confluence Park. This trail will start next to the popular River Rock Roasting Company. Find out more about this project.

Silver Lake Trail
Trails Utah has developed a partnership with US Forest Service and Salt Lake County to completely revamp the Silver Lake Loop Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon, in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Find out more about this project.

Trails In Progress

Nung 'wu Poa Trail - Phase II
Trails Utah is helping build a new approximately 2.5-mile multi-use trail in partnership with Town of Springdale, the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and Trail Alliance of Southern Utah. Town of Springdale has flagged the route and have been approved to start construction early next spring. This is a team effort and we are thrilled to be a part of this exciting trail project! Find out more about this trail.

Grandeur Peak Section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST)

Trails Utah has completed about half of this section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail that will connect the end of the Pipeline Trail (Millcreek Canyon) to the Grandeur Peak Trailhead. With support from the US Forest Service, Salt Lake Ranger District, City of Millcreek and the Central Wasatch Commission, we will be finishing up this trail in Spring 2023. We apologize for the construction delay caused in part as a result of our trail builder sustaining a broken foot while on the job. Help us complete this project by making a donation to Trails Utah. Thank you! See a map and more info.

Ferguson Canyon BST Connector 
Our contractor - Nature Trails - is on the job making a new section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail between Ferguson Canyon trailhead and Dogwood picnic area in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Find out more.

Trails AxS (Access) Project:  Millcreek Canyon - Phase I
Trails Utah is working with Wasatch Adaptive Sports, National Ability Center, board member and adaptive rider Wally Lee, and the US Forest Service (USFS) on a project modifying existing trails to increase accessibility for hand-cyclists and adaptive runners. We're getting started in Millcreek Canyon in early 2023 on the Dog Lake Trail. Financial support so far comes from Maverik / The Call Foundation, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Walmart Community Grant, and Kennecott Utah Copper Charitable Foundation. Find out more about this project.

Herriman Hills Trail System
In 2020 / 21, Trails Utah, Herriman City and Herriman Hills Trails Alliance completed several trails in the Herriman Hills, including the Hardlick Downhill Trail, the Rawhide Trail and the MoJo Trail, consisting of approximately 3.5 total trail miles. In 2023 we are planning to expand upon this system and build two new trail sections - a new 1-mile section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and a new 1-mile hiking-only loop. Find out more and make a donation to support this project!

Spring Hollow Trail System - Pine Valley Ranger District
Trails Utah has completed approximately 6 miles of trail on this project, but due to project scope and timing changes, we are stepping back from direct management of the project. We will continue to support Washington County in the multiple phases of this project taking place now and into the coming years.

Foothills Trail System
Salt Lake City is undertaking an environmental evaluation (cultural, land, plant and wildlife, scenic impacts) led by SWCA. A Trail Design specialist is doing a deeper evaluation of existing trails and the trails plan itself. They will add an addendum to include a trail maintenance plan and alignment and timing recommendations. They are also developing plans for at least five trailheads along the foothills. Work will possibly begin as early as fall 2023. Keep up on developments by following Salt Lake City Trails Alliance. 

New Scoops on Existing Trails

State of the BST
This is a series of videos documenting the multiple segments of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, which extends over 200 miles (non-contiguously) along the bench where Bonneville Lake's waters lapped on the shore tens of thousands of years ago. The trail abuts both public and wilderness land. Enjoy this episode featuring Trails Utah's Parley's Pointe Trail, and featuring John Knoblock, Trails Utah's Board Chair, and also Chair of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Committee. He was instrumental in getting that trail built. Watch the video (we come in about halfway through)!
We love engaging with our communities - meeting new people, listening to their ideas, sharing what Trails Utah is all about, and learning. One way we do this is by participating in events. Community events and state and national conferences are wonderful opportunities to do just that.

We just participated in Outdoor Retailer's Snow Show in January, and plan on presenting at and/or attending the following:

- Utah Trails Forum Conference
- Utah Outdoor Summit (presented by Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation)
- Outdoor Adventure X (Huntsville, UT)
- International Trails Summit (presented by American Trails - Reno, NV)
- Cirque Series (trail foot races) events based in Utah
- More!

We would love to hear what trails YOU would like to see in Utah. Please send your ideas and/or any feedback to

We here at Trails Utah hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year brings good things to you and your loved ones.

Policy, Advocacy, Stewardship & Sustainability

Trails provide us with many benefits - health, community, connection with the natural world, economic strength, and so much more. A lot goes into the realization, maintenance and advocacy of sustainable trails: policies and planning, stakeholder buy-in, fundraising, awareness and education, and stewardship of our trails. Trails Utah is dedicated to this entire process. A team effort is ever more necessary as populations grow and trail use increases. We hope you will support Trails Utah and our trail partners in these efforts!

Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act
Trails Utah is elated with the news that the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act has passed both the House and Senate and become law. We applaud Congressman Curtis and Senator Romney for their contributions to moving it forward. This pioneering legislation celebrates and protects one of the most important regional trails in the state and helps create a standard for management that will best serve a variety of outdoor recreationists, as well as the integrity of the landscape and natural environment for generations to come. Trails are essential to our healthy, active way of life in Utah, and it is outstanding to see access to this incredibly valuable community asset enshrined with this legislation. Read more on this bill.


Millions Secured for Trails and Public Lands Across the Country
The passage of the omnibus appropriations bill by Congress late last month included hard-fought gains for trails including new funding for the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and US Forest Service managed trails. Thank you to all of you who made your voices heard by sending a message to Congress. Find out more about what benefits for trail users were included in the new law.

A Look Into Adaptive Mountain Biking
The Two-Wheeled Wanderer talks with adaptive mountain biker Jeremy McGhee about what adaptive riding is all about and why it's important. Read on...
Trail Master Planning Continues for the Central Wasatch
Trails Utah has been actively participating in trail master planning efforts with US Forest Service, Salt Lake City Watershed, and Salt Lake County. We are working to ensure that these plans dovetail and reference concurrent planning efforts. The Central Wasatch Commission Trails Committee continues to monitor progress in these endeavors.


Trail Master Steward Online Course
Utah State University if offering up The Trail Master Steward online course, providing volunteers, trail organizations, and land managers with a foundational understanding of the values inherent in trail stewardship. It introduces the basic skills required to be a steward of our trail resources. Find out more and sign up

Adopt-A-Trail - Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
The Adopt-A-Trail program allows corporations or community groups to adopt a trail in the Cottonwood Canyons, directly supporting CCF’s Trail Stewardship Program, which repairs and maintains trails in the Canyons. A limited number of trails are still available; contact CCF now for more information.

Sustainable Trails
Doing it Right the First Time
Check out American Trails informative article on Sustainable Trails. A lot of thought and planning needs to go into building a trail properly, and much of that centers around how water might impact the sustainability of the trail over time. This article gives a great overview of just how important proper trail design is.  

National Sustainable Trail System Strategy
Did you know that a National Strategy for a Sustainable Trail System was announced back in 2018? This strategy builds on the many examples from across the country where the Forest Service, its partners, and the greater trails community have successfully embraced a community-driven and locally sustainable trail system model. Read more about the strategy here.

   Trails Rx

The physical health benefits of getting out for a walk, hike, or a bike ride, even if it is for only 30 minutes a day, is well-documented and astonishing. It includes much more than better cardiovascular and muscle fitness; increased metabolism for weight loss, improved digestion, and better sleep quality are some of the other benefits that provide significant positive impacts for long-term health. In our Trails Rx section, we will explore how trails improve health.

Benefits of Recreating Outdoors
The Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office published an excellent report on the health (& economic) benefits of recreating on outdoor trails. Of course those benefits aren't limited to the state of Washington! Insights can be drawn into similar benefits of trail use in Utah and beyond. Have a look to see the many insights they discovered during their investigation.

Become a Member or Donate!

Trails Are Free to Use, Right?!
Luckily for us, that is still mostly true. But they aren’t free to build. It costs $5-$10/foot to build a dirt surface trail. That’s PER FOOT! Join us in giving back to support the trails you love. You’ll earn it back with every step you take in our great outdoors! Give a little or a lot and we will put your dollars to work building sustainable state-of-the-art trails in your community and around Utah. And get some great swag, too! 

New Donor Perks !

1  Be one of the next three donors to give $500 or more to Trails Utah and receive a $100 gift card from Pronghorn Bicycles. Pronghorn was founded to provide honest & transparent bicycle sales, an experienced service shop for all bikes & e-bikes, and to hook up their customers with the best independent bike brands at the lowest possible prices.
2 Give at the $150 level or higher and you will get one of our custom-made ceramic mugs, with our Trails Utah logo on one side and a trail on the other. These mugs were hand-made by Kim Hall at Alpine Earthworks, based right here in Salt Lake City. Quantities are limited, so make your donation now!

  As we kick off the new year, we have a very Kuhl promo!
Kuhl, based right here in Utah (Born in the Mountains), has donated loads of brand new clothing for us to use to raise funds for our organization. Every piece is worth from $75-100! Check out the full list of available items on the Trails Utah Facebook page.

2023 Is Shaping Up to Be an Awesome Year!
  Uinta Moonlight Snowshoe
Saturday, February 4

Join South Summit Trails Foundation for the snow moon and snowshoe in the moonlight. So peaceful and amazing. Meeting location TBA. Carpooling as needed. This is a free event. You need your own gear etc. Find out more and sign up.

  Outdoor Recreation Day on the Hill
Friday, February 10
8:00 - 9:30am
Utah Capitol Rotunda

Come help the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation celebrate the depth, uniqueness, and innovation of the outdoor recreation industry in Utah with our legislators and industry professionals. The event will have booths, free breakfast, and a chance to talk with our policymakers, industry leaders, and the outdoor recreation community. Find out more and don't miss this important opportunity!

Oquirrh Ultra Challenge (O.U.Ch)
Saturday, Feb 11th
FREE Event

Yellowfork Canyon, Oquirrh Mountains

This event is a fundraiser for the Oquirrh Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of public spaces within the Oquirrh mountains. As many already know, the Oquirrh range has a very unique human footprint on it and is one of the few mountain ranges in Utah that has absolutely no Forest Service. As the valley is filling up and West bench development is increasing at an exponential rate, it is crucial that we preserve as much of this range as possible for public use while we can. Right now, The Oquirrh Foundation is the only organization that is solely focused on the creation and preservation of public spaces within this mountain range. Please come and support the cause! Sign up for more info and updates.

  Free Community Trails Event
Thursday, March 16
The Monarch, Ogden
Save the date! This is where your voice can be heard and your questions answered by Trails Foundation of Northern Utah! They will have information on Trail Crew, Weber River Parkway, Pineview Loop Pathway, volunteering, history and more! Follow TFNU's Facebook page for more details coming soon!

Kyhv Peak (formerly known as Squaw Peak) 50 Mile Trail Run
June 10, 2023
Provo, UT
Registration is now open for Utah's favorite and oldest 50 miler. This 50 mile trail run on June 10th 2023. This will be our 27th year. Don't miss out on all the fun and why not bring a friend to experience this beautiful course. It has all that makes this run an incredible day! Find out more and register here.

  OAX - Outdoor Adventure X - Festival
June 17-18, 2023
Snowbasin Resort, Huntsville, UT

Outdoor Adventure X is a celebration of the outdoors, adventure travel and the active lifestyle. Shop for gear and test the latest mountain bikes, kayaks, climbing equipment, and more. Then join us for classes, workshops and roundtable discussions hosted by wilderness experts, around-the-world travelers, athletes, and other top adventure pros. Find out more.

  The NUT - 2nd Annual Northern Utah Trailfest
October 6-8, 2023
Ogden, UT
Trails Foundation of Northern Utah (TFNU) has announced dates for their 2023 The NUT Fest, a new annual trail festival in Ogden. Registration opens February 7, 2023. Keep up to date on developments on TFNUs Facebook page.

Six Pack of Peaks Utah
All of 2023
The Utah Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge is a self-paced hiking and trail running challenge up six iconic mountains easily reached from Salt Lake City. You choose whether you want to complete them in six days, six weeks, or take the entire year. Set the schedule that works best for you. You can climb them in order as you build your strength and endurance, or mix it up. The choice is yours. Your registration will help support Big City Mountaineers, so you'll be doing good for others with each peak you climb.

  Avalanche Awareness! Know Before You Go!!
Various Locations & Dates
Avalanche Awareness week kicked off in early December and with that began the 'Know Before You Go' free avalanche awareness program. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, and no formulas to memorize. The one hour presentation displays the destructive power of avalanches, helps people understand when and why they happen, and how they can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches. With over 26 sessions offered in locations across Utah, avalanche awareness is more accessible than ever. Find out more and sign up here.

  Get Out & Play with Trail Sisters SLC
Various Events & Locations

Looking to meet a new friend or try something new! There are so many great things to do in our beautiful Wasatch! Join Trail Sisters SLC private Facebook group to join one of the many events they host! Find out more here.

Trail Runs in Utah - 2023
Looking for a comprehensive list of trail races in Utah? Running in the USA has compiled a comprehensive list of upcoming Utah trail runs for 2023! Or check out this list made by Backcountry runner. Either way - we're pretty sure these runs have you covered!


Other Trail News

News from our trail partners

Trail Alliance of Southern Utah (TASU)
Change to riders' access to JEM Trail. The JEM Trail has been in existence since the mid-90s. It was created without landowner approvals. Many riders have assumed that the entire system was located on public  lands; however, the lower JEM access and a good portion of the Lower JEM Trail are located on private property. The Nature Conservancy is pleased to be able to leave access open to the portion of the JEM Trail that crosses throughou its Sheep Bridge Nature Preserve; however, the JEM Trail is now designated as a directional trail. Riders will travel downhill on the current trail, and return via a newly constructed Carne Asada trail. This new trail is also directional for mountain biking and provides a loop to return riders back to the BLM network. Find out more.

 Mountain Trails Foundation (Summit County)
MTF has been awarded Summit County RAP tax grant funding for both a signage overhaul in Round Valley and the purchase of 5 trail counters. Both these projects will improve the utility and experience of the trails they build, maintain, and protect for the community. Find out more.
Lake Mountain Trails Association (LMTA)
A proposed development is being considered in Eagle Mountain. It would take away about 1/2 of existing trails in the area, which the city just allowed to be built last year. This would be a huge blow to Eagle Mountain, the MTB community, and all of Northern Utah. See a map of the development area, overlaying trails, make your voice heard, and keep updated on Lake Mountain Trails Association's work.

  Trails Foundation of Northern Utah (TFNU)
2023 Northern Utah Trail Maps are coming soon! If you are a member of TFNU and would like to see one of your photo's on the cover of this year's map - head over to the Members-Only TFNU Group on Facebook for details.

  Utah Valley Trails Alliance - Seasonal Trail Closures
It's that time of year! From December 1 to April 15, all trails in the Timpanogos WMA above the BST are closed to protect this crucial big game winter habitat. The BST, race course area, and surrounding National Forest remain open. Follow UVTA on Facebook to get regular updates

  Wasatch Trails Foundation
Want to ride in the winter? Join Wasatch Trails Foundation for a weekly fat bike night ride or follow them online to get regular trail updates on conditions and closures. Find out what's happening with Wasatch Trails Foundation.
  South Summit Trails Foundation
South Summit Trails Foundation recently broke ground on Phase 2 of the Slate Creek MTB trail in the Uintas.
The lower loop of 1.2 miles is complete and a great mountain bike trail for kids and families to enjoy - a short uphill and fun downhill through the trees! SSTF asks you to stay out of unfinished construction areas - lots of sharp machinery and tools in random locations! Once Phase 2 is complete, there will be 14.75 miles of new trails. The new trail is still closed so please obey the signage, we promise, it will be worth the wait! Follow SSTF on Instagram.

  Back Country Horsemen of Utah
BCHU has begun to mobilize and apply for funding for big-ticket items like:
  • The repair or replacement of trail bridges
  • NEPA (National Environmental Protection Agency) planning & permitting
  • Trail clearing, brushing, tread repair, trail relocation
  • The installation of trail signs
Catch up on historical BCHA newsletters here

  Bureau of Land Management - Utah
Fisher Towers National Recreation Trail offers some of the most expansive and striking views of beautiful Utah. The towers, soaring monuments to erosion, are composed of dark red sandstone that rise above the valley like elaborate castles. The Bureau of Land Management-managed trail here winds for 2.2 miles around the base of Fisher Towers and climbs up to nearly 360-degree views of the Colorado River basin, including Castle Rock, Castle Valley and the Bookcliffs. Find out more about the trail.

  Utah Division of State Parks
The Utah Division of State Parks is excited to welcome four brand-new rangers to their staff!
Rangers Alex Agin, Daniel McCann, Justin O'Mealy, and Scott Williams have successfully completed the required Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training courses, and have graduated from POST. Find out more about them, be on the lookout, and say hello if you're planning to visit any of our state parks!

  Wasatch Adaptive Sports
In this month’s Words on WAS, hear from student Stacy about finding Wasatch Adaptive Sports and getting back on the bike after her surgery. “[WAS] didn’t automatically do things for me, they only asked if they could be of assistance. I felt freedom, had new friends that had similar movements as me, sunshine, and a sense of independence that I hadn’t had for a long time.” Read the full story.
Learn more about our trails!
Looking for employment in the trail-related world? Look no further...

Program Manager, Parks (Remote)
AllTrails, the well-known and oft-used trail app, is offering an exciting opportunity to build and grow a program that’s empowering public land managers. The Program Manager will function as a connector within AllTrails, managing critical partner relationships externally while working internally and cross functionally to gather data, analyze the findings, and communicate learnings and recommendations to enhance the program performance. Find out more and apply!

There are many more trail jobs currently open throughout Utah. Check out the full list here.

We can't make trails happen without funding - your financial support is crucial to the work we do year-round to plan for, fund and build trails. The trails we build offer all of us better access to recreation, healthy living and opportunities to get into the outdoors!

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Thank you!
Seeking Feedback
Please take our Trails Utah Community Survey!
We are interested in finding out more about our trail users so that we can better serve you into the future!
To our most recent supporters:

People for Bikes
ExtremeTerrain Clean Trail Grant Program
Liberty Mountain
Kennecott Utah Copper Charitable Foundation
(See our full list of supporters at

Randy Rasmussen - Gwyn Fisher - Harry Wolfe
Lawrence Dunn - Carrie Christensen - Osman Sanyer
Holly Brewster - Thatcher Reist - Mark Gibson
Matthew Thompson - Remy Lattin - Megan Syner
Robert Tennant - William Johnson - Michael Cooper
Wendy Zeigler - Alexander Burton - Ben Solomon
Scott Brady - Lisa Neuhof - Nathan Underwood
Al Anderson - Jason Ferland

Thanks to all of you.
We are deeply appreciative!
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