Friday, July 22, 2016

What You Will See When You Explore Provo Canyon

Photographers, hikers, and anyone with an appreciation for stunning natural beauty know that Utah is chock full of picture-perfect views and endless outdoor activities. Provo Canyon is one of Utah’s most popular destinations, and with good reason. Bordered by Mount Timpanogos and Cascade Mountain, Provo Canyon is home to parks, hiking trails, a scenic byway, and more! Utah residents and visitors alike love visiting this Utah Valley gem. Here’s what you’ll see at Provo Canyon!

Provo Canyon

Located in the Wasatch Mountain Range, Provo Canyon is a gateway to both stunning scenery and an abundance of outdoor activities. From Provo, the canyon’s western entrance in Orem can be reached in only minutes.

Hiking Trails

Provo Canyon offers access to trails of Mount Timpanogos. At nearly 12,000 feet high, Mount Timpanogos is the second tallest peak in the Wasatch Mountains, out measured only by Mount Nebo. Timpanogos is not only one of the best mountains to hike in Utah but the nation, as well. According to, the best way to hike this Wasatch beast is either the Aspen Grove Trail or the Timpooneke Trail. The view from the top of the mountain is matchless. Take note, though - these trails aren’t for beginners.

On the southern side of the canyon is Cascade Mountain. While it’s shorter than its towering neighbor to the north, the hike is much more difficult. Only serious hikers should consider the trek!

Not a trail veteran? Don’t worry, because Provo Canyon offers easy hikes, too. One of the friendliest hikes is the Bridal Veil Falls trail. Bridal Veil Falls is one of Utah’s most beautiful natural attractions, and you can see it for yourself with a short hike.The trail is rated “Easy” and only 1.3 miles long, according to AllTrails.

Provo Canyon Parks

One of the canyon’s best features are the parks! Canyon Glen Park and Nunns Park are perfect places to take the family. Canyon Glen Park has an amphitheatre and volleyball court (among many other things), and Nunns Park is a great place to camp, bike, fish, and more.

Hiking is required to get to the top of Mount Timpanogos, but not the park! Easily accessible Provo Canyon Road, Mt. Timpanogos Park offers pavilions you can reserve and plenty of room to stretch.

Towards the Heber Valley at the canyon’s east end is Deer Creek State Park. Camp, take a boat out on Deer Creek Reservoir and go fishing, and more.

In the winter, head to Soldier Hollow (not far from the reservoir), an excellent place for skiing and the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics Nordic trials.

The Provo Canyon Scenic Byway

You don’t have to lace up your hiking boots to enjoy Provo Canyon - in fact, you stay in the seat of your car. Start in Provo and take the Provo Canyon Scenic Byway on US 189 all the way to Heber Valley, and you’ll be rewarded with a plethora of incredible views. The byway passes Bridal Veil Falls, the Deer Creek Reservoir, and more while offering plenty of places to park.

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