Trails Utah is honored to be a part of the annual Love Utah Give Utah event again this year. Each year the Community Foundation of Utah hosts a day of giving at the end of March. This event is an excellent opportunity to give to your favorite nonprofits and learn about, and support some new ones. Trails Utah is proud to be a part of the non-profit community working to make life better for Utahns. We encourage you to support this event and give generously to the charitable organizations like Trails Utah, who are helping to make a difference.
The dollars we raise through Love Utah Give Utah will go directly to creating better trails and more trail access for you and communities around the state. We work closely with land managers, land owners, and governmental entities to create partnerships and aid in trail planning, design, and construction. Please help us share our love for trails during Love Utah Give Utah
We are committed to giving Utah The Greatest Trails on Earth™
Check out our current projects:
Grit Mill Trail System
Together with the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance and the Salt Lake Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Trails Utah is working to help create a trail network of loop and spur trails that provides access to some of the most iconic granite crags in the state. Located at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in the heart of the Wasatch Range, this climbing area has long suffered for a lack of established trails that could easily and sustainably provide access to the base of their climbs. As a result, the area is traversed by numerous, steep, highly eroded trails. But we’re changing that. Working together with other non-profits, land managers, and county government we are creating a trail network that will not only take climbers to their routes, but provide anyone wanting to get out for a hike with some truly spectacular views of the canyon and the valley.
“Zoo to U” or Foothill Trails Renovation Project
Trails Utah has spent over a year working with the University of Utah, This is The Place State Park, and Salt Lake City Parks and Public Open Space to develop a comprehensive plan for improving trails and trailheads in the foothills between Emigration Canyon and the Avenues in Salt Lake. This project includes improvements to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, new loop trails for shared use, hiking only trails, and improved trailheads. Like any worthwhile trail project adjacent to a bustling city this project poses enormous logistical hurdles but we are making progress and hope to have some new trails underway by fall of this year.
Great Western Trail Revival
This long-range project is dedicated to purposefully establishing the Great Western Trail (GWT) through the state of Utah, from north to south, for all types of trail users. First conceived of in the 1970s as a trail that would run from the Canadian Border through five Western states to Mexico, the GWT has largely existed only as a concept. Existing trails, jeep roads, and ATV trails have acquired the GWT moniker in places but realizing the trail as a connected, backcountry, through route in Utah for a variety of users has remained elusive. Starting in the Wasatch Mountains, we are now working to identify trail improvements and new trail segments that could better establish the trail for communities living along the Wasatch Front. Trails Utah is committed to reviving the concept and the trail itself, connecting people to the spectacular landscapes of our state from one end to the other.