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City Creek Canyon, Salt Lake City

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City Creek is a small but historically important mountain stream that flows from City Creek Canyon and across part of Salt Lake City, Utah, and into the Jordan River which empties into the Great Salt Lake. City Creek's head is about 8 miles (13 km) up City Creek Canyon northeast of Downtown Salt Lake City. The entire stream measures only about 14.5 miles (23 km) long. Melting snow from adjacent mountains provides most of City Creek's currents, but the stream flows year-round because of natural springs at the head of the creek.Until 1882 City Creek served as the city's primary water supply, and it continues to provide drinking water to The Avenues and northern parts of Salt Lake City.HistoryVanguards of the first Mormon pioneer settlers of Utah camped by the mouth of City Creek Canyon July 22, 1847. This area is now about the intersection between State Street and North Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stream originally forked into a stream heading south through Washington Square and the primary branch flowing west, toward Temple Square and approximately down North Temple Street. Both forks emptied into the Jordan River.The vanguard, led by Orson Pratt, diverted the stream to soften the soil and plant crops. By July 24 when Brigham Young's party arrived, five acres (20,000 m²) of potatoes had already been planted. Young named the creeks in Salt Lake Valley on August 22, 1847, calling City Creek such because it was in the heart of the city that the pioneers planned.
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  • Within walking distance from the Centre of Salt Lake City to the Park. Go up and down while watching the cliffs Valley, was cut down. Many people have to walk the dog. Enjoy the nature in a place near the town is a good location.
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  • This a beautiful, hidden oasis minutes from downtown. You can bike ride up on odd days of the month and drive up on even days. There are bathrooms and picnic tables. It is a very peaceful canyon!  more »
  • Nice paved trail/road with bathrooms, picnic tables, fresh drinking water, choke cherries, a creek, even tarantulas! It's quite busy though, with other pedestrians and cyclists. We love the many trail...  more »
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