Provo Canyon Utah is sprinkled with scenic parks between its western mouth and the Sundance Resort turn-off. The parks in Provo Canyon are owned and operated by a variety of entities including by Provo City, Orem City, and Utah County. Most parks allow access to the Provo River for fishing, playing, or relaxation. Some parks also act as trail-heads for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding into the Uinta National Forest.
Parks in Provo Canyon offer the opportunity for groups to meet in an outdoor setting with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. All parks have pavilions which may be reserved for a fee. Most offer BBQs, power, and running-water restrooms. The parks include:
Big Springs Park: This is the last park in the string of parks located along the Provo River corridor. Its four manicured acres are covered with grass and trees and has plenty of parking. Big Springs Park serves as a trail-head for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorcycling on the adjacent National Forest land, including the Great Western Trail. It is a popular spot for group meetings, end-of-school-year outings, astronomy clubs, and family gatherings because of its large pavilions, shade trees, and green grass.
Bridal Veil Falls Park: Bridal Veil Park has picnic tables with barbecue grills, plenty of parking (in a couple of parking lots), as well as grassy picnic spots. The park is peppered with large mature trees for cool shade and climbing fun, yet there are enough large lawn space to toss around a ball or Frisbee. Bridal Veil Park sits next to the Provo River and is a short walk down the paved Provo River Parkway Trail to Bridal Veil Falls, a national treasure that is frequently recognized as one of America’s Top 100 water falls.
Canyon Glen Park:Canyon Glen Park might be the most diverse park in Provo Canyon. This four-acre park is a popular group site because of the large play field, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and play-sets for children. There is also easy access to the Provo River for fun, fishing, or cooling off. It is the only park in the area with an Amphitheater for amateur plays, events, or concerts and features a unique “boulder playground” for kids to climb on and around.
Mt. Timpanogos Park: For over 15 years, citizens of Orem, UT worked towards building a home for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. In 2005, all their work and fund-raising came to fruition with the opening of Mt. Timpanogos Park. The goal was to create a mix of large grassy areas for pavilion-tents with permanent facilities, including running water and electricity, to be available for large event hosting. This $2.8 million park sits on the former site of Orem’s Canyon Park (the park was completed with no debt.) It took two years to build-out this 44-acre park. It includes six pavilion-tent sites, 10 picnic sites, six restrooms, and the county’s only all-weather hosting site. Visitors relish the stunning vistas and mountain views that surround the park.
Nunn’s Park: Many long-boarders start their trek down the paved Provo River Parkway from this idealistic spot, nestled under box elder, maple, oak, willow, and cottonwood trees. Nunn’s Park is the only park in Provo Canyon that offers overnight camping (including modern restroom facilities). Day use includes picnicking and fishing along with a covered pavilion, which can be reserved for family or group use. Other park amenities include a sand-filled volleyball area, a playground set, and open areas for tossing a ball or Frisbee around. Nunn’s park serves as an equestrian trail-head for the Great Western Trail.
South Fork Park:The City of Provo created a park that incorporates the year-round South Fork Creek as a major feature. The six-acre South Fork Park has a nice mix of individual picnic tables, fire pits, and group pavilions. The convenience of permanent restrooms, with running water and electricity, make a day-outing here a pleasant excursion. Surrounding the park is a beautiful riparian forest including oak, box-elder, and maples. The bubbling stream has plenty of fish and other aquatic life to watch and enjoy.
Upper Falls Park: Upper Falls Park is a small respite located along the old highway between Bridal Veil Falls and Vivian Park at a bend in the river. It is Forest Service land but maintained by Utah County. With the mountains of Provo Canyon towering above it and the Provo River running beside it, this well hidden park offers a cozy spot for a simple picnic, a place to relax, or easy river fishing. This park consists of a several parking spots, some flat grassy areas, a handful of picnic tables, and a restroom facility.
Vivian Park: In 1974, Utah County acquired Vivian Park from private owners. It is located on a historical site that has been a recreational destination for residents almost since the founding of Utah County. Vivian Park is unique in that it has a stocked fishing pond (12 yrs and younger) and is the turn-around spot for the Heber Valley Railroad. It sits at the entrance to South Fork Canyon, which is home to two additional parks and several Uinta National Forest trail-heads.