Walking Salt Lake City  by Lynn Arave Ray Boren

Walking Salt Lake City Guide Book

by Lynn Arave Ray Boren (Wilderness Press)
Walking Salt Lake City  by Lynn Arave Ray Boren
Walking: Salt Lake City is geared to first-time visitors to Salt Lake City—and to local residents. Both will enjoy the history and tales about places they thought they knew, and will be surprised to find walking destinations they may not have considered before. Each tour in the stylish, portable format touches on history, culture, and local architecture, plus insider recommendations on eateries, galleries, and nightlife. With clear maps depicting each walk, parking and public transit info, at-a-glance summaries and Points of Interest appendices, there's no better way to discover a city than on foot with a Walking guide. Walking Salt Lake City is a time-traveling guide to Salt Lake City's past and to its vibrant present.

© 2012 Lynn Arave Ray Boren/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Walking Salt Lake City" Guide Book
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Before 7-Elevens and strip malls, cities had neighborhood mini–commercial districts, powered by mom-and-pop and family enterprises. Salt Lake City’s “9th & 9th”—that’s what everyone calls it, centered as it is around the confluence of 900 South and 900 East —is one such enclave that has survived, thrived, and morphed into the 21st century, with a few twists. The more than two dozen eclectic businesses, eateries, and offices that occupy the zone more often than not either have an off-beat countercultural vibe or cater to gentrified tastes.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 1.2
In almost the exact center of the Salt Lake Valley, the city of Murray’s 5-mile stretch of the Jordan River is truly a ribbon of life. Flora, fauna, and active human beings flourish in the wetland zone between the community’s Arrowhead Park (at 4800 South) and Germania Park (at 5400 South). This key section of the 40-mile-long Jordan River Parkway Trail system is a nature park. The strip, about 5 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, is a prime example of what has been done to improve the multiuse parkway.
Murray, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 3
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Envision most of western Utah submerged as well, not from a flood, but from a sprawling, ancient inland sea we today call Lake Bonneville. The mountain ranges to your west would be long islands. Today’s Bonneville Shoreline Trail would be along, or under, the beaches and fringes of that vast, prehistoric lake. Nowadays, instead of water, Salt Lake City and its suburbs lap at your feet.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 3.6
Utah’s elegant State Capitol is grandly perched on aptly named Capitol Hill, just north of downtown Salt Lake City. It is visible from every direction. What stands out for many visitors (and filmmakers) is that of all the nation’s statehouses, Utah’s may most closely resemble the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. That evocation was planned: Utah, settled long before most other Western states, fought fiercely for statehood for nearly a half century, and that goal was finally achieved in 1896.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5
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While chockablock with older homes, and certainly not a paragon of wealth, the neighborhood embraces an assortment of innovations and oddities that challenge stereotypes.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
Though a popular destination on such occasions as Memorial Day and during the Halloween season, a journey through a large cemetery like this can be intriguing at any time, in any season, for it offers a leisurely tour through generations. Salt Lake City Cemetery is sprinkled with markers and monuments paying tribute to prominent families, Mormon leaders, and people of all walks of life, including the occasional scalawag.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 3
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This is the historic core of what was originally “Great Salt Lake City.” The retail center is eminently walkable and sustainably designed, an urban mix of shops, restaurants, apartments, and condominiums. And for visitors, it has a customer service and concierge counter.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
A slice of nature in an urban setting, Dimple Dell has been set aside for hiking, biking, and horseback riding on unimproved paths. The gully park is accessed via a dozen different trailheads, leading to paths of different kinds and qualities: the rim, the cliff, the bottomland. As such, it offers interesting routes on the south end of the Salt Lake Valley for walkers of all abilities and interests.
Sandy, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 1
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Although properly known as South Temple, for many in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this was Brigham St. It slopes gently from pioneer leader Brigham Young’s Beehive House and Eagle Gate at State St. toward Salt Lake City’s eastern benches.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 3
If Salt Lake City has a “sacred mountain”—something akin, perhaps, to Mounts Fuji, Olympus, and Sinai—then Ensign Peak fills the bill. It lacks the height or craggy majesty of those revered prominences, but no other summit can match its significance in Utah’s pioneer and religious history. As a bonus, the vantage offers a splendid view of the Salt Lake Valley: The metropolitan area spreads southward like a 3-D map at your feet: streets, buildings, fields, and trees, with the Wasatch and Oquirrh ranges enfolding the panoramic view like great, often snow-dappled parentheses.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 1.2
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Fort Douglas is a paradox in time. A 19th-century relic, it is part of Salt Lake City. Graced by buildings dating to the 1870s, today it includes and is surrounded by modern buildings and the wizards of high technology, from computer pioneers to genetics miracle-workers. Though built for the purposes of war, it is a peaceful place.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 2.7
Here the skies are, quite often, “not cloudy all day,” and the only discouraging words might come as a result of occasionally bothersome insects and stinky decaying vegetation along the shoreline, where freshwater and saltwater wetlands clash. The island’s access point is only about 40 miles northwest of Salt Lake City, the metropolis and its suburbs visible from what seems like another world.
Antelope Island, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 0.4
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Utah’s capital is really, of course, “Great Salt Lake City,” and so it was called during its first few decades, named for an inland sea both generally dismissed and geographically dominant. Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. About 75 miles long and 35 miles wide, it is a fluctuating remnant of the Ice Age’s valley-filling Lake Bonneville.
Antelope Island, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 1
Generally flat, meandering, and slicing through wetlands in the lowland center of the Salt Lake Valley, the Jordan River Parkway is a multidecade work in progress. Most of the proposed 40-mile trail is complete: paved or with boardwalks, with river access and informational signs. Eventually the public parkway is to stretch from Utah Lake on the south to Salt Lake City’s 1000 North. Although about a dozen gaps remain, the miles and miles of riverside trail are a favorite destination for walkers, joggers, bikers, and fishermen.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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A visit to Lagoon will give any walker’s legs a good workout (and perhaps a few wobbles), that can be attributed partly to the picture-book appeal of its tree-canopied streets, but largely it is because this small town is home to Lagoon theme park, the Dramamine capital of the Mountain West.
Farmington, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 1
New York City’s 843-acre Central Park, which opened to the public in 1859, is credited as the first such urban refuge this side of the Atlantic. It initiated Olmsted’s renowned career as a designer of metropolitan landscapes—and became the inspiration for parks throughout the nation.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5
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The southern reaches of central downtown Salt Lake City exude civic pride as well as civic order. Here, with 400 South as its axis, you’ll find the community’s curvaceous new Main Library, its stately City & County Building, the principal district courthouse, and the elegant Grand America Hotel all mixed into an eclectic tapestry of buildings of many ages and businesses of many kinds.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 2
“The lower Avenues,” on the steepening slopes northeast of downtown Salt Lake City, constitute one of the pioneer community’s oldest intact neighborhoods. The streets and blocks were the first to deviate from the valley-floor 10-acre block plan, devised for homes, barns, corrals, gardens, and orchards. Instead, the blocks are only 2.5 acres, and the lots smaller than those below. The people who built their houses here in the Victorian mid-19th century were generally tradesmen, businessmen, and their families, not farmers.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 5
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Main St., originally called East Temple, just south of the block where the LDS faithful planned to raise their grand new temple, soon began to fulfill that function. Stores squeezed into lots on either side of the street—as did saloons. The first Council House rose on the southwest corner of Main St. and South Temple, and the city’s downtown hub subsequently stretched to 200 South, then 300 South and, by the beginning of the 20th century, 400 South.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 1.25
Skyscrapers, traffic, noise, and congestion—then a peaceful, secluded park and a near-wilderness. Such is the contrast presented by Memory Grove and lower City Creek Canyon, a narrow oasis only blocks from teeming downtown Salt Lake City. This is an all-season favorite of walkers, dogs, joggers, and bicyclists, as traffic is banned from most of the route.
Salt Lake City, UT - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5
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