Memory Grove Park is located just north of downtown SLC, and offers an escape from cement, skyscrapers, and traffic into a secluded park with a year-round stream. The 9 acre park includes an off leash area, remnants of old buildings, fountains, restrooms, picnic tables, and the Memorial House. Memory Grove features several memorials to Utah's veterans as well as a replica of the Liberty Bell. If you decide to hike further than the park area, to the North you will enter City Creek Canyon.
The path in City Creek Canyon is a 5.8 mile, paved canyon maintenance road that is closed to the public cars on odd days; bikes are permitted on odd days; pedestrians are allowed every day. Dogs must be leashed, and are not allowed past the water treatment building (3 miles up the road).
Bike Winter Schedule
Allowed every day except during the rifle deer hunt for the area. Dates vary every year, but it is often the 3rd week in October.
Bike Summer Schedule
Biking is only allowed in the canyon on ODD DAYS beginning the last Monday in May and ending the last even day of September. Regardless of date, biking is not allowed on summer holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th, Pioneer Day, and Labor Day)
In SLC head north on State Street. Turn right on 2nd Avenue in the Avenues Neighborhood. Turn left on B Street. Continue following B St. until the road turns into Bonneville Blvd. At the base of the canyon there is a hairpin turn, where there is parking for 3-4 cars. This is where we started, but there are other starting points as shown on the map below. From this spot you can walk south into Memory Grove Park OR head north into City Creek Canyon.
Distance from the north parking lot: 2 miles RT
Elevation gain: flat
Dog friendly? Yes. There is a designated off leash space for dogs
Kid friendly? Yes!
Parking area of the "North" lot. This is looking north towards City Creek Canyon. To get to Memory Grove, head south.
Official sign. The off leash area is also known as the "Freedom Trail".
The whole time you will walk along the City Creek stream, which flows year-round.
At about 1/2 mile look for the first bridge on your left and take that. You will now be in the leash free area.
You'll pass several Veteran Memorials.
Charlie loved jumping on top of everything!
The stream is nice for the dogs to drink from, and in Summer, to swim in. In summer the canyon is well shaded.
Map overview looking North. This was our route for the day. City Creek Canyon heads north of this (not shown in the yellow line).
A close up of where we parked, and started walking. Again, that small road to the north leads into City Creek Canyon.