Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail

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The Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail extends north from West Bountiful and passes through the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, where it joins the Legacy Parkway Trail. Continuing north, the trail travels through Farmington, Kaysville, Layton, Clearfield and Clinton to Hinckley Drive on the border of Roy and West Haven.

The former right-of-way, most recently used by Union Pacific Railroad, was railbanked by the Utah Transit Authority in 2003. The various cities it links have agreements with the rail agency to maintain the trail.

For a longer journey, continue south on the Legacy Parkway Trail from Centerville to reach North Salt Lake. The Jordan River Parkway Trail seamlessly continues south from that point, running nearly 50 miles across the north–south length of Salt Lake County.

Parking and Trail Access

A half-mile south from the trail's northern endpoint at Hinckley Drive, you'll find parking at the Roy FrontRunner Station (W. 4000 S. and Sandridge Drive) in Roy; the station is less than a block east of the trail. A little farther south, you can also find parking in Heritage Park (1300 N. and 1000 W.) in Clinton.

In Layton, the midpoint of the trail, you can park at Ellison Park (750 N. Cold Creek Way) on the western side of the trail. Not far from the southern end of the trail, parking is available in Centerville at the Birnam Woods Trailhead (N. 830 W.), which is shared with the Legacy Parkway Trail.


Provides connectivity along Wasatch Front north of SLC

   February, 2016 by pedalfree

Like a lot of suburban rail trails, you'll spend a lot of time rolling past people's back yards, but the views of the Wasatch Range are nice and the sections of the trail I've ridden are in good shape. Most importantly, this trail is a great transportation more

Railroad Crossings Hazardous for Bikes

   August, 2015 by scrapart

This trail is scenic and enjoyable to ride but the zig-zag of the close set gate crossings is dangerous and cuts the rhythm of a ride. They are so closely set you almost have to get off your bike to go through them and then stop at a cross street. read more

Fantastic for pedestrians, hard for cyclists

   May, 2015 by feles

I have a love/hate relationship with this trail. As a cycling enthusiest who rides Davis and Weber counties, it's rare that some part of my ride doesn't include at least some part of this route as a more relaxing alternative to congested traffic ways. more