Exploring the great outdoors is definitely one of the highlights of childhood! Living in the shadow of majestic mountains and along the shore of two beautiful lakes, the opportunities to explore are boundless. So, get out and discover some of the family-friendly trails and hikes near you. Have fun and remember to bring plenty of water.
- Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve: 41 South 3200 West, Layton. Walk along the wetlands and enjoy the sights and sounds of wildlife. Be sure to climb the 30-foot observation tower to spot for birds and other animals. Mosquito repellent is a must!
- Deuel Creek: Centerville. This hike is only 2 miles round-trip. There’s even a rope swing along the way! Click here for more info and directions to the trail head.
Salt Lake County:
- Donut Falls: Big Cottonwood Canyon. When it comes to family hikes in Salt Lake County, Donut Falls takes the cake! You’ll find the turn-off to the trail head approximately 9 miles up the canyon.
- Ensign Peak: 1002 North Ensign Vista Dr, Salt Lake. This easy 1 mile round-trip hike is a must for everyone. The trail is well-marked and maintained. Visit the monument at the summit commemorating the early Mormon pioneers and enjoy the stunning views of the Salt Lake Valley and the Great Salt Lake.
- Grotto Falls: This hike is along the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway. It’s a great stop if you’re looking for a fun, easy way to beat the summer heat. Bring a towel and swimsuit. Click here for directions to the trail head and falls.
- Fifth Water Hot Springs: Diamond Fork Canyon (accessed from Spanish Fork Canyon). A beautiful 2.5 mile hike that’s fun for all ages. Don’t forget your swimsuit and bring plenty of water!
- Indian Trailhead: Ogden. Looking to add a little historic flavor to your family outing? Try this unique family hike. The trail is well-maintained and heavily forested, making it cool even in the summer heat.
- Waterfall Canyon: Accessed from the 29th Street Trailhead in Ogden, the first portion of this hike is easy but becomes more challenging further in. Throughout hiking season, it’s a beautiful location, but only in the spring will you get to enjoy the full majesty of the falls.