Complete List of Parks & Firepits up Provo Canyon

Complete list of firepits and parks up Provo Canyon! Comes in handy for holiday weekends!
Finding an available fire pit up Provo Canyon feels a lot like racing the crowd at Walmart on Black Friday! Zach and I personally went up the canyon to every single park and counted the number of fire pits available at each location.

We also did some research on the the different amenities at each park. This will help you find a park for group camp fires, star gazing, family picnics, hiking trails and more.

Tip: The most fire pits I have seen up one canyon (so far) is American Fork. You have to pay to access this canyon, but it is absolutely gorgeous and it might just save your night (if Provo Canyon is full)! I tried calling the rangers to get a count on the fire-pits in this canyon, but they didn’t know the exact number.

PARKS UP PROVO CANYON

Vivian Park: One of my favorite parks up Provo Canyon: it is located next to the train tracks, has access to the Provo Parkway and has a playground for the kids. Unfortunately this park has only one firepit over by the river.
Fire Pits: 1
Picnic Tables with Grills: No (according to Utah County Park Map)
Bathroom: Yes
Playground: Yes
Covered Pavilions: Yes – 2
Water Access (next to the river, creek or pond): Yes
Provo Parkway Access: Yes
Trailheads: Provo River Parkway Trailhead (for walking, biking, longboarding etc.)
Scroll to the bottom of post for Provo Canyon map of park locations.

Bridal Veil Falls Adventure Park: By far the most popular park up Provo Canyon, which features the tallest waterfall in Utah! Bridal Veils parking fills up fast, so if you get there and can’t find a spot – try parking at Nunn’s Park (located right next to it). Bridal Veils is a nice park to picnic or grill at, but they filled in their fire pits! I am not sure why… either way, if you want to picnic or grill someplace beautiful, shaded and within walking distance of a huge waterfall – check this park out!
Fire Pits: 0 (the pits were filled in a year or so ago, but one picnic table has a makeshift fire ring that it looks like people use)
Picnic Tables with Grills: Yes
Bathroom: Yes – port-o-potty
Playground: No
Covered Pavilions: No
Water Access (next to the river, creek or pond): Yes
Provo Parkway Access: Yes
Trailheads: Bridal Veil Falls is within walking distance (just head up the Provo Parkway). You can enjoy the view from the bottom (and feed some fish) or take a short switch back trail up closer to the falls.
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Canyon Glen Park: This is a popular park for ward groups and family groups. It has a lot of extra amenities like a volleyball pits, an amphitheater and a unique rock climbing playground for kids.
Fire Pits: 7 metal rings, 1 rock-ring and 2 ash-mounds (possible metal rings needing cleaning)
Picnic Tables with Grills: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Playground: Yes
Covered Pavilions: Yes – 2
Water Access (next to the river, creek or pond): Yes
Provo Parkway Access: Yes
Trailheads: No
Scroll to the bottom of post for Provo Canyon map of park locations.

Canyon View Park: Similar to Canyon Glen, but a little smaller. Popular due to it’s location so close to the mouth of the canyon (unlike Big Springs that you have to travel quite a ways more to reach).
Fire Pits: 0
Picnic Tables with Grills: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Playground: Yes
Covered Pavilions: Yes
Water Access (next to the river, creek or pond): Yes
Provo Parkway Access: Yes
Trailheads: No
Scroll to the bottom of post for Provo Canyon map of park locations.

South Fork Park: South Fork is one of my favorite parks up the Provo Canyon. To reach this park, you continue past Vivian Park on the South Fork road (the same road that leads to Big Springs Park). I like this park because it is more nestled into the mountains and has lots of fire pits. I like to come to this location or Big Springs to stargaze sometime too.
Fire Pits: 19
Picnic Tables with Grills: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Playground: No (but plenty of grass space to play games)
Covered Pavilions: Yes – 2
Water Access (next to the river, creek or pond): Yes
Provo Parkway Access: No
Trailheads: There are mini trails you can explore around the river and fire pit areas. Wear tennis shoes if you plan to explore this mini trails.
Scroll to the bottom of post for Provo Canyon map of park locations.

Big Springs Park: This park is located farther up the canyon (on the road past Vivian Park). This park is a popular spot for stargazing because of its location further inside the canyon. This park is also known for the Big Springs trailhead, which is located here.
Fire Pits: 0
Picnic Tables with Grills: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Playground: No
Covered Pavilions: Yes – 3
Water Access (next to the river, creek or pond): Yes
Provo Parkway Access: No
Trailheads: Big Springs & Great Western Trail Access
Scroll to the bottom of post for Provo Canyon map of park locations.

Upper Falls Park: The most unknown of all the parks up Provo Canyon. This park is actually part of the Uinta National Forest. This spot was named for the smaller waterfall you can see up Provo Canyon (past Bridal Veil Falls), and you can see it in the distance from this location. This park would be a good spot to try to catch a last minute fire pit on a holiday weekend since it is not as well-known. To reach this park you must travel up the little side road past Bridal Veils Park.
Fire Pits: 5 metal rings
Picnic Tables with Grills: Yes
Bathroom: Yes – port-o-potties
Playground: No
Covered Pavilions: No
Water Access (next to the river, creek or pond): Yes
Provo Parkway Access: No (you have to backtrack down to Bridal Veils to access the parkway)
Trailheads: Upper Falls Trail is loacted directly across this park (next to the Provo Parkway). However, the bridge to access this trailhead is closed. If you want to hike this trail you have to back track down to Bridal Veils Park and walk up the parkway. We tried this trail a few months ago and to be honest, it wasn’t much to look at up close. There is lots of graffiti and litter along this trail and the falls are marred by a concrete slab. I prefer the view of Upper Falls from the Upper Falls Park.
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Nunn’s Park: Nunn’s Park is located right next to Bridal Veils Park and the Nunn’s Park Campground. I love this park because it is close enough to walk up to Bridal Veils, but still provide fire pit areas (unlike Bridal Veils Park). The campground manager is very polite and will come over to say hi sometimes.
Fire Pits: 8. More are available within the campground itself, but a reservation for camping is required.
Picnic Tables with Grills: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Playground: Yes
Covered Pavilions: Yes – 2
Water Access (next to the river, creek or pond): Yes
Provo Parkway Access: Yes
Trailheads: Located close enough to walk up to Bridal Veil Falls.
Scroll to the bottom of post for Provo Canyon map of park locations.

Mt. Timpanogos Park:  I refer to Mt. Timpanogos as the “fancy” park up Provo Canyon. It is home to the Mt. Timpanogos Story Telling Festival  so it is more developed than the other parks. it has 9 covered pavilions, 6 restrooms, a hosting center and 10 picnic sites! Unfortunately, no fire pits.
Fire Pits: 0
Picnic Tables with Grills: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Playground: No
Covered Pavilions: Yes – 9
Water Access (next to the river, creek or pond): Yes
Provo Parkway Access: Yes
Trailheads: No
Scroll to the bottom of post for Provo Canyon map of park locations.

The biggest resource I found for knowing what amenities each park had (bathrooms, pavilions, etc.) was Denise Martin. She is a realtor in Orem apparently and her site about the parks up Provo Canyon is amazingly thorough! (The only thing she was missing was the number of fire-pits at each park). So if you are looking for any additional info on these parks I would jump on over to her site by clicking here. 

Comments

  1. says

    i love the list! We live by AF Canyon and I have been wanting to explore it some more. Last week we went camping in Nunn’s Park and really enjoyed it. It’s on my blog if you care to read about it. Your blog is awesome and will be a great resource for me this summer!

    • wADMIN says

      Hey Sarah! I took a look at your blog post about Nunn’s Campground. I’ve also been thinking of camping there to test out our new tent (before going someplace farther). I also saw that you hiked Battle Creek with the kids! I think you would like Grotto Falls near Payson too. It is on the site if you want to check it out. :)

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