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Provo Canyon Parkway

The Provo Canyon Parkway is a segment of the 14-mile Provo River Parkway trail that spans six miles from the mouth of Provo Canyon at 800 North to Vivian Park. The path is paved for the entire length, offering walkers and cyclists the opportunity to visit a beautiful mountain landscape without needing to hike on a dirt trail. This trail is suitable for children and adults of all skill levels.

Trailhead

There are numerous access points to the Provo Canyon Parkway trail. Below are directions to the start at 800 North and the end at Vivian Park. Any of the parks between these two points in the canyon also provide access.

The 800 North trailhead is closed during 2014 for construction. It can be reached from I-15:
  1. Take Exit 272 on I-15 for 800 North in Orem.
  2. Drive east on 800 North for 3.7 miles.
  3. Turn left onto Canyon Hills Drive, then immediately right into the 800 North trailhead (40.313577, -111.657341).

The Vivian Park trailhead is also accessed from I-15, and is open during the 2014 construction on the 800 North trailhead:

  1. Take Exit 272 on I-15 for 800 North in Orem.
  2. Drive east on 800 North for 3.7 miles to the mouth of Provo Canyon.
  3. Bear left onto US-189 into Provo Canyon.
  4. Continue 5.8 miles to Vivian Park on the right side of the road (40.355399, -111.573978).

The Hike

From the 800 North trailhead, follow a short spur trail to where it connects to the main Provo River Parkway trail. Turn left, and continue toward the canyon, crossing over the Provo River on a large metal bridge.

Continue up the canyon as the trail winds along the river. There are frequent views of the mountains and plenty of shade for hot days. The trail features a handful of interesting interpretive signs where visitors can learn more about the rich history of Provo Canyon.

The trail passes through several parks in the lower section, including Mount Timpanogos Park, Canyon Glen Park, and Nunn’s Park. All these parks have unique things to offer, including picnic facilities and camping. Just beyond Nunn’s Park, after walking about 3.3 miles, the trail crosses under the highway and continues up the canyon.

From here to Vivian Park, the trail is generally more shaded than the lower section. About a half mile past the underpass, the trail passes by Bridal Veil Falls, an incredible, 607-foot tall waterfall. There is parking nearby for those wishing to access the falls directly. Continue past the falls for another 2.2 miles to the end of the trail at Vivian Park (40.355399, -111.573978).

Rules and Regulations

  • Dogs allowed on leash.
  • Clean up after pets.
  • 15-mph speed limit.
  • No littering.
  • No motorized vehicles.

Special Considerations

Watch children closely near the swift water of the Provo River.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.