This incredible Provo treasure has been mistreated and forgotten, that’s why Conserve Utah Valley wants to highlight and restore this hidden gem. CUV has hosted a “Slate Canyon Saturday” every month from April through August with one more planned for September 25th.
The 2021 Earth Day project in April was officially registered on the global Earth Day website and we had more than 300 volunteers show up to pitch in! Volunteers scrubbed graffiti off of rock walls, cleaned trails, and improved and contoured the bike trail. Provo City provided trucks and many loads of brush were taken away after volunteers cut and cleaned up overgrown areas. Information booths, guided walks with scientists and education stations were also provided.
More Slate Canyon activities will take place every 4th Saturday of the month through the summer. These include removing a noxious weed called Spurge, defining trails and conducting ongoing bird, insect and plant surveys.
Currently there are two parking lots with a restroom at the top of the higher lot. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail heads north and south from this area.
Plans for park amenities from past years are yet realized but Conserve Utah Valley hopes to encourage collaboration with Provo City and other stakeholders to make this canyon and the trailhead clean, safe, and attractive, and provide needed recreational amenities. Conserve Utah Valley’s goal is to restore this gem to its former glory.
Photo by Josh Bauer
The Provo City Council voted in July to purchase a critical piece of land at the mouth of Slate Canyon - 29 acres that will help extend the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the south. Additionally, the Council rezoned 26 acres in the same area to the Open Space Preservation and Recreation Zone. Plans for a multi-phase park are being updated by Provo Parks and Recreation.