With beauty at every turn, it’s difficult to choose a favorite spot in Ute Valley Park, a Palmer protected property. The open, grassy meadow of the lower portion of the park offers respite for wildlife and an opportunity to breathe deeply. Delicate sandstone hoodoos and formations line the white sandstone cliffs above the valley floor. Find the arch on Ute Valley Regional Trail and wonder at the power of wind and water to create natural formations. On the southern side of the park, black-diamond trails test even the most skilled mountain bikers. From the top of West Ridge, panoramic views await those who challenge themselves to traverse the hogback formation. You’ll hike or bike through rocky outcroppings that tower over the city and surrounding parks.
Features like these are some of the reasons that this park attracts hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, and trail runners year-round. The Vindicator parking area offers a number of parking spots as well as a restroom, and provides a perfect jumping-off point for any level of hike or ride.