East Canyon State Park

Unwind, reconnect with nature, and appreciate the incredible history-making wonders in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Being only 35 minutes northeast of Salt Lake City, it’s a hidden getaway. Hike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe the adjacent Mormon Pioneer Trail, stepping into the paths of the Donner Party and determined Mormons. Fishing enthusiasts can cast lines for smallmouth bass, bass, crappies, and crawfish on the reservoir or ice fish in the winter. Or, spend a day on the water, boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming or enjoying other watersports. During your visit, you’ll encounter the signature pinyon trees and juniper trees that dot the landscape, along with sagebrush and stunning wildflowers. You might spot mule deer grazing in open areas, elk, foxes, chipmunks, squirrels, and a variety of birds, including red-tailed hawks, eagles, owls, and songbirds. Groups can rent the Bachman Group Pavilion, Pratt Group Pavilion, or any of the small day-use pavilions for gatherings or celebrations. Boats, watercraft, kayaks, canoes, and other gear are available to rent. Visitors can settle in for the night at a range of lodging options, including RV sites, tent camping, cabins, hammock camping, yurts, and even an authentic Conestoga wagon.

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Mormon Pioneer Trail

The determined Mormons ventured from the plains of Illinois to the promising landscapes of Utah, following this path around East Canyon. It was the tail end of a journey that spanned over 1,300 miles. One year prior, the Donner Party, a group of farmers in search of more fertile land, had initially charted this route. Numerous obstacles stood in their path on this arduous stretch, including high brush and rocks. The conditions were far treacherous they anticipated|only 47 of the original party of 87 reached their destination. Today, journey on this historic trail through East Canyon State Park. Walk, run, snowshoe, or cross-country ski along four miles of preserved trail. From Mormon Flat Campground, the trail climbs four miles to the top of Big Mountain located on Highway 65. From Mormon Flat Campground, view remnants of Fort Wells, a structure Mormon settlers built to protect the Salt Lake Valley after erroneous reports that troops would be sent to quell rebellious Mormons. The confrontation never materialized.

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Hat Creek Outfitters

Ride through the beautiful mountain meadows. Wander and explore the wilderness on a guided horseback ride customizable for all skills. Families and large groups can take a horse-drawn ride. And when the snow flies, get whisked away on an adventure through the woods. A fire ring and picnic tables are available to groups who wish to enjoy a meal or roast marshmallows on their ride.

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Big Mountain via Great Western Trail

This 6.8-mile out-and-back, moderately challenging trail through the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is popular for hiking and trail running. Take in spectacular views of the Salt Lake Valley on one side and the wilderness on the others. It’s a view the Donner Party and Mormon pioneers would have seen as they crossed over Big Mountain Pass. Note that no dogs are allowed on this trail.

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East Canyon Reservoir Overlook Trail

Try this 1.6-mile, out-and-back trail in East Canyon State Park. This easy route is great for a short hike or young explorers. Tromp through this trail on cross-country skis or snowshoes in the winter. Dogs must be on a leash.

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Hogsback Summit “Heartbreak Ridge”

This spot marks a nexus where the Mormon Pioneer Trail, Pony Express National Historic Trail, and California National Historic Trail all cross. The divide is named for the unmistakable despair of the emigrants who upon reaching this spot, saw the jagged peaks and rough terrain of the Wasatch Mountains on the horizon. Heartbreak Summit is located along East Canyon Road outside of East Canyon State Park. This landmark is part of the Morgan County’s Self-Guided Auto Tour.

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Pratt’s Pass Camp

Emigrants crossed the Weber River upstream and camped at the this mouth of the Main Canyon. Later they turned southwest, ascending the canyon to avoid the nearly impassible Weber River. This landmark is part of Morgan County’s Self-Guided Auto Tour.

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