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Camping:  Farmington Canyon

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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 Views of the Great Salt Lake and the valley are astounding!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 On a clear day your can see off into Nevada...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 foreground.

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 Sunset Campground3.6 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. ThisFarmington Pond 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?

Nearby Areas:

Antelope Island

South Fork

Willard Bay

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