Direction: Northbound (to Salt Lake Central/Airport)
Number of Stops Traveling from GA: 2
Name of Destination Station: City Center
Today we’re off to visit a peaceful forested retreat, right in the heart of the city. A local favorite, Memory Grove is a perfect place for light hiking or a casual stroll; and, this time of year, it’s also an easy way to take in the brilliant fall colors of the Wasatch Front. With grassy knolls, a placid pond, and a rich historic connection to the city, it’s a great place for some solitary reflection or to host a picnic with friends. Experience the sensation of being within and without the city at this beloved gem.
This trip features:
~Causal turns through forested paths
~Local Salt Lakers and their city pups
~Historic War Memorials
~Grassy knolls and picnic-perfect park benches
Get Your Bearings
From the City Center station, walk 10 minutes northeast (towards State St. and 2nd Avenue). At this intersection, you’ll reach the entrance to City Creek canyon. From here, follow North Canyon Road until you reach the gated entrance to beautiful Memory Grove.
Stop #1: Monuments Dedicated to the Fallen
While this land was first acquired by the City in 1902, improvements to the park were not initiated until the early 1920s. In 1924, after lobbying from Gold Star Mothers, the park was cleaned up by Boy Scout and student volunteers, and was designated as a memorial to Utah’s fallen military men.
Today, the park is utilized primarily for recreation, but the memorials erected in the early Twentieth Century still stand as insights into the city’s history and lasting values.
- The Pagoda: this eight columned structure was made with marble from the same quarry that provided marble for the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C. It was built to honor those who lost their lives in World War I.
- Meditation Chapel: completed in 1948, this chapel was built by the Beason family in honor of their son and other Utahans who lost their lives in World War II. Built with Georgian marble and sculpted bronze doors, it resembles a Greek temple. While the interior of the chapel is no longer open to the public, the building is still, itself, a monument to peacefulness.
Stop #2:City Creek and Memory Grove Trails
Ready to walk among the gorgeous, changing trees? These two trails are easily accessed in the park and provide varying levels of hiking experiences.
Memory Grove Trail: For those looking for a more leisurely pace, this trail is a perfect loop without any sharp incline. Follow the trail up Bonneville Boulevard for spectacular views of the State Capitol building and the surrounding Salt Lake Valley.
City Creek Trail: Those in pursuit of a slightly more difficult trail walk, this path follows City Creek up all along the Canyon. Lower City Creek trail is perfect for families, while adventurous hikers can take Upper City Creek for a more mountainous climb.
Stop #3: More to see at the City Center stop
- Looking for more activity after your park strolling? Visitors can easily access the State Capitol from the Capitol steps located back at the west side of the gates at the Memory Grove entrance. Follow the steps right up to the Capitol lawn.
- Want to cap off your autumnal day with a pint and a game of pool? Visit Beerhive Pub for a wide selection of drafts and a basement full of both pool and foosball tables. This historic downtown landmark is also a great place to catch your favorite team from one of their many TVs and comfy booths.
- Perhaps your day among this trees has inspired you to purchase a light jacket or some new knitwear? For a retail stroll, visit City Creek Mall on either side of the TRAX station for luxury shopping in a unique indoor/outdoor hybrid. Cross the mall’s enclosed glass bridge for unique photo opportunities with the city skyline.