Cache Valley, UtahPhoto credit: Patrick Cone

Residents of Utah exult in exploring its deserts and canyons, running its rivers, and scaling its peaks. We also appreciate close-to-home parks and trails that connect us to nature and the places we love. The Trust for Public Land works throughout Utah to create parks and conserve land where all Southwesterners can experience nature. We’ve helped to build local, national, and state parks and recreation areas, establish trails, and conserve Southwestern cultural landscapes, farms, and forests.

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Utah projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Bear Canyon, Bonneville Shoreline Trail

TPL added one mile of trail to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in a heavily used area near Sandy City. Protecting the Bear Canyon property opens the trail to more people, protects local drinking water, and extends the expanse of the nearby national forest.

Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Utah

The valley carved by prehistoric Lake Bonneville is now home to Salt Lake City's fast-growing urban corridor. With 75 percent of Utah's population living here, open spaces for locals to escape and connect with the outdoors are vitally important for the overall quality of life.

Castle Valley Ranch, UT

Encircled by public forest, the 665-acre Castle Valley Ranch near Cedar City, Utah, was family-owned for more than a century.

8800-acre Chalk Creek property is located in the High Uinta Range

Located in the High Uinta Range in scenic Summit County, Utah, the forests, alpine lakes, beaver ponds, and streams of this 8,890-acre ranch offer an abundance of wildlife habitat.

Corner Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT. Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

When 1,200 houses were proposed to be built on 1,035 acres of undisturbed open space, Draper City asked The Trust for Public Land for help saving the land, water resources, and public access to the rugged landscape.

Dry Lakes Ranch, UT

In October 2011, The Trust for Public Land and its partners permanently protected 1,855 acres of Dry Lakes Ranch, originally established in the 1890s.

G&E Ranch, Utah

The G&E Ranch shows that with a love of the land and family, passing agricultural land on to our kids is still possible.

View of Tabernacle Dome, Zion National Park

TPL's first project in Zion National Park protected 10 critical acres at the base of Tabernacle Dome in the heart of the park. We're now expanding this success to bring another 30 adjacent acres into public ownership.

Millcreek, Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Working with Salt Lake County, The Trust for Public Land protected 45 acres at the mouth of Millcreek Canyon, one of the most popular destinations for residents to hike, mountain bike, and explore.


Only 20 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, Mill Creek Canyon is a favorite hiking destination for thousands of Salt Lake Valley residents seeking to enjoy nature and take in beautiful views of the Valley and the Wasatch Mountains.

Zion National Park, Utah

Utah's five national parks and seven national monuments define the beauty and grandeur of the state.

Orderville Gulch

A nearly 1,800-acre property, located just three miles east of Zion National Park provides public access to Orderville Gulch and Birch Hollow, a technical canyoneering route, both of which lead into the Zion Narrows trail. The intricate sandstone slot canyons of Orderville and Birch Hollow attract over 20,000 climbing and canyoneering enthusiasts each year. Visitors contribute $3.07 million annually to the local economy.  

Running through the property is Orderville Creek, a tributary to the North Fork of the Virgin River which supports the Colorado River, the lifeblood for Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Water from the Virgin River provides the main water supply for 150,000 residents in Washington County, Utah. As the second driest state in the country, Utah places a high priority on protecting its watersheds, which are essential to sustaining wildlife, drinking and agricultural water, and recreational opportunities. 

Public access to the trails will be maintained in perpetuity by the State of Utah while the remainder of the property will stay in private ownership with restrictions to limit further development. The protection of this property was made possible thanks to the State of Utah, the US Forest Service Forest Legacy Program, the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, and a generous gift from a private philanthropist.

OW Ranch, Summit County, Utah

With Park City but a few miles away from OW ranch, development and
subdivisions have been spilling eastward for years into the farming
communities, threatening the rural landscape.

Ranchers at the restored Pony Express Station at Peaceful Valley Ranch, eastern border of the Wasatch Mountains

Located on the eastern border of the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake
City, 7,300-acre Peaceful Valley Ranch epitomizes the region's pastoral

Rainbow Glass Ranch, Sunnyside, Utah

Rainbow Glass Ranch is more than just a working cattle ranch: it's a
place full of wildlife, varied landscapes, and important water sources.

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Utah

The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and Red Cliffs Desert Reserve provide a way for people to experience this spectacular place on more than 130 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding while also protecting habitat for the Mojave desert tortoise and other wildlife.

The 350-acre Summit Park property encompasses the forested hillsides surrounding the small town of Summit Park.

Open space preservation is a high priority in the Park City area due to ongoing development pressure. This scenic stand of mature timber forest and mountain terrain forms the backdrop for the small community of Summit Park and offers spectacular views of the Snyderville Basin.

Erik Weihenmayer, blind adventurer, summited Mount Everest and now he takes on the Zion Narrows to raise awareness about the importance of keeping our public lands protected and accessible.

4,000 acre Wilcox Ranch, Southeast Utah

A thousand years ago, the Fremont People thrived in southeast Utah. One
of their settlements was along a stream that would come to be known as
Range Creek, on 4,000-acre Wilcox Ranch.

American West Heritage Center, Utah

Northeast Utah is losing family farms, ranches, and working forests at
an alarming rate. With increasing production costs, uncertain profits,
and fluctuating land values, many multigenerational farmers, ranchers,
and foresters feel they have little choice other than selling their land
for development.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park encompasses close to 150,000 acres of wild canyon country. What many visitors don't realize is that parts of this wild, beloved national park are at risk of development: nearly 3,000 acres of private land remain within Zion's boundaries. These islands of private property can impact trail access, wildfire management, views, water quality, and wildlife habitat — not to mention interrupting your hike.