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Farmington Canyon provides one of the most scenic drives in the Salt
Lake City area. This road can be driven as a loop from Bountiful to
Farmington or vice versa. To access the Southern side of the loop drive on
I-15 to exit 321, this is 400 North in Bountiful. Head East on 400 North
until you get to 1300 East. Hang a left on 1300 East and follow this to the
beginning of the canyon.
To access the loop drive from the Northern side drive up I-15 to exit 325,
follow the road to the right when it becomes 200 West. Drive down 200 West
until you reach State Street. Make a right on State Street and continue to
Main street. Make a left on Main street and follow this to 600 North. Make
a right on 600 North and follow this to the beginning of the canyon.
The loop drive provides scenery that is out of this world. Views of the
Great Salt Lake and the valley are astounding. The drive up can be a bit
unsettling for those afraid of heights. The road is narrow and winding,
with large drop-offs to the side. In any weather even a passenger car
shouldn’t have any troubles, just drive slowly and keep a watch for oncoming
traffic. Your vehicle will need a wash after driving around this area, the
road is a bit dusty.
The road winds up to and between Francis Peak and Bountiful Peak. There are
numerous hiking and mountain biking trails available. The Farmington Flats
mountain bike trail and Bountiful Peak hiking trail are both very popular
and worthwhile ventures for the valley folks. Once atop Bountiful Peak or
Francis Peak you can look out over the Great Salt Lake. On a clear day you
can see off into Nevada, Antelope Island and the Lakeside Range are in the
There are two campgrounds located on the Farmington loop. The Sunset campground is located on the Northern side of the loop. This campground is
located 3.6 miles from the pavement on the Farmington side of the road.
Featuring 16 sites this is a very nice campground. The campground is
nestled on the side of a ridgeline dropping down into the canyon. The
campsites are in a heavily forested area and the undergrowth and trees
provide some privacy to most of the individual sites. All of the sites are
on a first come first served basis, each site is $8.00 for the first vehicle
and $5.00 for each additional vehicle, up to 8 people can use each site.
The Bountiful Peak campground is located further up the canyon, therefore it
usually opens later than the Sunset campground. This campground features 21
sites plus one group area. When camping here make sure to bring some warm
clothing, the campground sits at 7500 feet and can be chilly even in the
summer. Once again the individual sites are first come-first served, the
group site can be reserved.
Farmington pond is located at the base of the road on the Northern entrance.
This pond is usually stocked with Rainbow Trout and also holds Largemouth
Bass, Catfish and Bluegill. The pond is somewhat small but is very well
taken care of. In addition to several picnic areas, there is a very nice
paved trail following Farmington Creek.
As an interesting aside, Farmington Canyon has been the place of several
supposed “Bigfoot” sightings. Keep your eyes open and perhaps you’ll be
able to spot one of these elusive beasts?