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Millcreek Canyon

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Millcreek Canyon is popular because of its beauty, its proximity to Salt Lake City and because it is dog-friendly. It is also one of the few canyons that requires a fee ($5/vehicle).

Millcreek Canyon allows bikes on even numbered days. On even days dogs need to be leashed and on odd days they can be unleashed.

It’s a very scenic drive just to head up the Millcreek Canyon road. This is especially popular in the fall to see the colors. Here are photos of the scenic drive in different seasons.

There are lots of great hikes in Millcreek Canyon. I’ll keep adding to this list, but here are some great ones. Scroll down to see winter hikes and trails in nearby areas, like Neff’s Canyon.

Millcreek Canyon Trails

Rattlesnake Gulch 3.8 moderate miles
Thaynes Canyon/Desolation Loop 1.6 moderate miles
Salt Lake Overlook 5.2 moderate miles


Distance – 8.6 miles one way (the winter gate is up 4.2 miles)
Approximate driving time – 60 minutes (round trip and longer if including hikes or during peak times)
Permits needed – $5/vehicle (not part of National Parks or Utah State Parks passes)
Pets allowed – Yes


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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