Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail

Utah

Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail Facts

States: Utah
Counties: Davis, Weber
Length: 23.5 miles
Trail end points: Hinckley Dr. (Roy) and W. 400 N. (West Bountiful)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6426227
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail Description

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.

Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail Reviews

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 corridor for people who live between Roy and Farmington. It connects to the Legacy Parkway Trail and the Jordan River Trail to take you all the way into Salt Lake City and beyond to the north end of Utah Lake. Because these trails parallel the FrontRunner commuter rail line for the most part, it's relatively easy (with a little planning) to roll your bike onto the train and combine a train trip with a long bike ride. I'd like to see the northern trailhead extended along the FrontRunner line to the Centennial Trail along the Weber River in Ogden. It's only 2.6 miles and that missing link would make it possible to connect with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and more.

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.

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. Also, my spouse and I have walked this trail, and it's quite nice on foot.

However, I don't find that I wish to ride the whole length of the trail in a single journey due to the many crossings and the tendency to pick up goatheads, even through stopflat liners. Most crossings are not labeled, which may be a problem for someone not from this area. The barriers are easier to navigate at the crossings from Kaysville south until you meet up with the legacy trail and most south intersections are low traffic, albeit more frequent and congested with oncoming cyclists. From Layton north into Roy, traffic is heavier, the gates are harder to navigate, and the trail often doesn't line up, thus requiring a fun game of Frogger.

When it comes to riding this trail or riding the road...it depends on what hazard I feel like dealing with on any given day.

Accordion

This is a very nice trail for walking, jogging, and biking. There some folks that think their stupid dogs are allowed. Wrong! Learn and follow the rules of the designated facilities, and keep your crap factories to your own property. It is dangerous, and rude to bring dogs to a trail that is designated for human pedestrian, and bike traffic. Nobody wants to step, or ride in your filth.

I recently moved from Florida and was looking for a flat ride to acclimate to the altitude before I hit hills. I started at the Roy Frontrunner station and headed south. I was a bit disappointed with all the road crossings and lost count of them. As the previous reviewer stated, goatheads are a problem and I flatted just short of Union Station in Farmington. Had great scenery to change a tire and decided to turn around. I went a mile and picked up a second goathead that luckily didn't result in a flat. I picked up a third one about half way back to Roy. Again no flat. I consider myself lucky that out of 3 goatheads that I only got one flat. 32.9 miles total that I did enjoy. May try again on the mountain bike that shouldn't be bothered by the goatheads.

I ride this trail (along with the JR Trail and Legacy) to get between Weber and Salt Lake Counties fairly frequently. This trail is my favorite segment of the trip. The neighborhoods are so peaceful, and the scenery is wonderful. The portion through Clinton is one of my favorite places to bike in Utah. The at-grade crossings can be a bit tedious, but they are nowhere near as bad as the Porter Rockwell Trail in Sandy. Also, I have yet to ride this trail and not have puncturevine find me, so have spare tubes with you. The trail is well used--especially in Farmington, Kaysville, and Clinton.

I rode 20 miles round trip from Farmington to Kaysville. This is a nice flat trail with beautiful countryside and of course a mountain view. I didn't care for the many street crossings--the gates are set up that you pretty much have to get off your bike to zigzag through them. I appreciate that they are a safety precaution, keeping motorized traffic off the trail, and forcing cyclists to be aware of the street crossings. Overall, a good ride, nice for some diversity.

Rode the entire length from 400 N to Hinckley Drive, 22 Dec 2012. Overall was an outstanding ride and totally emjoyable. Somehow I found myself on the Legacy Trail for a short section around the Farmington Station, but got back on D&RGW at Clark Street. Still don't know how I did that. The notorious "Clearfield Gap" detour was no problem: I just carried my bike around the fences and resumed. There was a notice that the trail there was closing Jan 2012, and an 800 phone number to call (didn't write it down). Don't know what that's about. Great ride, would do it again.

Rode this trail August, 2012. It is funny because I could not locate hardly any information on this trail. I called the city parks dept. and city manager in several towns, etc. etc. Nobody knew anything about it. We hunted around and ended up parking at the city bus parking lot since there appeared to be no parking at the very end of new part of trail in Roy. This is a fantastic trail. Very flat and smooth surface. We enjoyed it very much. You can ride as far as you want through several towns. I had read on a private website about the gap at Clearfield and we figured that out OK. The directional sign for that detour could be made a bit more clear and noticable. Cannot figure out why no city officials knew anything about it. They should publicize it more and have maps available. Lots of folks on the trail. Nice benches for resting in the shade. Very nice urban trail. We rode hybrids.

Besides the railroad crossing gap in Clearfield... This is a great trail! I biked from Roy down to Layton... Then I rode Frontrunner back to Roy! Beautiful & well shaded in parts! I hope it eventually connects all the way to Salt Lake City.

Roy City has almost completed their portion of the trail, with only some crossing painting remaining. The trail ends at Hinckley dr. on the north and is a welcome addition to the rails to trails system.

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