Provo River Parkway
The Provo River Parkway is an easy-going paved bike and roller blade
trail. It stretches 14 miles from Utah Lake to Vivian Park in Provo Canyon. The trail
follows the Provo River, seeing heavy use by BYU students and other young hardbodies.
Except for a couple of short spots, the slope of the trail is barely perceptable. This
photo shows the trail near the mouth of Provo Canyon.
Jessica, age 7, cruises up the canyon on her 5-speed. Looking west towards the mouth of Provo
Canyon, the cliffs on the skyline are conglomerate from the early days of
Lake Bonneville. This giant lake covered the Wasatch front from 1 million
to 12,000 years ago.
June 13, 1999
In the morning, the trail is delightfully cool. Even during the heat of
the day, much of the trail is shaded and breezy. The ride is easy for small children, but
good bike control is a must -- kids have to stay in the right lane to avoid teenagers
cruising the trail at high speeds. This is a great place for young moms pushing strollers
with their roller blades.
Picture: The Mad Scientist -- in full battle gear -- blades the
trail, accompanied by his faithful Jackie. Photo by
Kristen, June 13, 1999
At Nunn's Park, you can stop for a shady mountain picnic.
Trees along the parkway include box elder, maple, oak, willow, and
Picture: Bruce's children (L
to R) Jessica, Alex, and Kristen stand next to the Provo River at Nunn's Park. June 13,
|Near the end of the trail, famous Bridal Veil Falls towers above the Provo
River. At the base of the falls, there's a shallow cold swimming hole for hot tired kiddie
bodies. (The cliffs are limestone from the Oquirrh Formation, formed in an
ocean basin in the Pennsylvanian Period, 320 million years ago, when the
only land animals were insects. The land's edge was in Colorado at that
Getting there: The trail can be picked up at many locations
from Utah Lake to Vivian Park. (In the canyon, find it at Canyon Glen or Nunn's Park.) Our
favorite ride is to catch the trail at the parking area at the mouth of Provo Canyon on
Orem's 800 North Street. GPS N 40° 18.840' W 111° 39.472'. Then we ride up to
Bridal Veil Falls, for a round trip of 8 miles.
Photo by Bruce Argyle, June 13, 1999.
See topo map link below for entire trail!
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