Tour of Utah: Jordan River Parkway Trail

The Jordan River Parkway is pretty neat. -Not neat like ice castles or natural rock arches, but still neat. It’s a trail that runs nearly 50 miles; so, if you wished, you could start at Utah Lake* and walk till you reached the northwest bend of Salt Lake City proper.

©2020 Google Maps, and -hate to break it to you- this isn’t an accurate line of where the trail goes.

In fact, the trail doesn’t end in some random drop-off in Salt Lake. It becomes the Legacy Parkway Trail and continues on…

Pretty impressive.

Like with some other destinations I’ve mentioned, I’ve been to the Jordan River Parkway Trail. The funny thing is that I took the kids there, in either West Jordan or South Jordan (who named two cities that, anyway?), in order to go to a park. I only knew about the trail being there, not 20+ miles to either side of there!

Look at all I’m learning about my home state!

But that brings up another neat aspect of the trail: there are destinations like parks, access points, and BATHROOMS along it. The only downside I see is that the route travels through the flat, less-scenic, sometimes-hazy and/or gnat-infested areas of the Salt Lake Valley. Legacy Parkway is especially buggy since it skirts marshes and wetlands.

Still, a short or long stroll wouldn’t hurt. There’s a parking lot about ten minutes due East from the airport on I-80. From there, who knows where you’ll go?


Here are last week’s posts:

Wednesday, September 30: “Tour of Utah: Ice Castles at Midway.” They’re cool. Literally.

Thursday, October 1: Shared my first fellow-blogger book review, with “The Sincerest Form of Poetry: Review, Q&A, and Book Release With Geoff LePard.

Friday, October 2nd-ish: Announced the winner of the A Mused Poetry Contest, Bruce. Congratulations!

Saturday, October 3: Start of this week’s A Mused Poetry Contest! Think up a witty poem for an anniversary card and turn it in before Friday morning.

Sunday, October 4: Put Pal and Kid on a dusty trail for Carrot Ranch’s prompt this week.

Monday, October 5: Shared a quote by Coco Chanel. Look for windows.

Tuesday, September 29: Responded to Hobbo’s Mystery Blogger Award. You can still answer my questions!

*The trail at least plans to run as far as Utah Lake.

©2020 Chel Owens

Jordan River Parkway photo ©
Walden Park photo ©

20 thoughts on “Tour of Utah: Jordan River Parkway Trail

  1. masercot October 8, 2020 / 2:26 am

    I like being out in the woods when the woods aren’t so far out in the woods.

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    • Chel Owens October 8, 2020 / 10:16 am

      Well, then; you’d love the ‘woods’ in Utah.


    • Chel Owens October 8, 2020 / 10:17 am

      😀 It’s probably your knees doing the talking.

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  2. Bruce October 8, 2020 / 9:41 am

    I always enjoy a geographical saunter in a blog – knowing I’ll never make it in person. The world is certainly big enough for a new place to wander every day!

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    • Chel Owens October 8, 2020 / 10:18 am

      With my age, children, finances, and a worldwide pandemic, I agree with you!

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  3. Jules October 8, 2020 / 5:10 pm

    I’ve been on the Appalachian trail… but just a short bit in NY. When I was a younger person my folks had a campsite that was next to the trail. All woods! I think I like having a trail that’s sort of paved. I’m not a fan of gnats or mosquitoes! But I suppose that’s what bug repellant is for 😉

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    • Chel Owens October 8, 2020 / 7:15 pm

      That’s really neat! So, your parents owned a campsite? I haven’t heard of that before.

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      • Jules October 9, 2020 / 6:51 am

        Rented really the campsite for the whole summer… but we only used it on the weekends.

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        • Chel Owens October 9, 2020 / 9:48 am

          I don’t think you can do that around here. Well, maybe.

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  4. petespringerauthor October 8, 2020 / 7:59 pm

    Look at the education you’re getting. Now we expect a full report after you complete the whole 50-mile trek. 😎

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    • Chel Owens October 8, 2020 / 9:54 pm

      Ha! Maybe I’ll take the boys when they get stir-crazy this winter.

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  5. johnlmalone October 9, 2020 / 6:13 pm

    there is nothing quite so conducive to creativity as a good walk whether it be on a parkway trail or a beach; you must be very fit 🙂

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    • Chel Owens October 9, 2020 / 10:54 pm

      😀 I must admit I haven’t tried the full 50 miles. Ever. Even on a beach.

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