Emigration Canyon

NileGuide Expert Says:

Salt Lake City's most gentle, in-canyon road biking route


Emigration Canyon Road
84158 Salt Lake City,

NileGuide Expert tip:

If driving this canyon, do so carefully for the sake of all its cyclists.


Emigration Canyon sits on the northeastern side of town, east of the Hogle Zoo. Called "Emigration" Canyon, this was the route by which the original Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.

Today a paved road ascends this gently rising canyon, passing older homes, a few modern housing developments, and a pair of diners along the way. Of these, the most popular is Ruth's Diner - famous for its mile-high biscuits and southwestern-influenced breakfasts.

Emigration Canyon is among Salt Lake City's most popular road biking routes, and many, many cyclists make a "pit stop" at Ruth's Diner on the way back into the city.


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