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All of the city parks in Sandy make great places to hold picnics. All of the parks have playgrounds and picnic tables. Most of the parks also have pavilions, some even indoor pavilions. Information about the parks in Sandy, including on-line pavilion reservations, is available here.
Here are a couple of less obvious places in Sandy to hold a picnic:
9400 South Basin St.
This is a small neighborhood park with two picnic areas near a creek. It is a very nice place near the golf course to enjoy a picnic and let kids play on the playground.
10250 South State Street
Nestled in the heart of Sandy's commercial district, Neff's Grove preserves days of old when the Pony Express made its stop in Sandy. This quiet getaway has picnic tables and a great view of the mountains
10225 South Centennial Parkway
Large grass fields and boardwalks around wetlands in the middle of the city make this area a unique place for a picnic. Although there are no picnic tables, there are benches and acres and acres of grass to stretch out a blanket. A walk around the Promenade Wetlands provides a great short activity following a picnic.
Dimple Dell Park in the middle of Sandy offers 650 acres of open space. Many of the trailheads have picnic tables and restrooms available.
Little Cottonwood Canyon
To get to Little Cottonwood Canyon from Sandy, head East on 9400 South. When you reach the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard, continue driving straight through the intersection. This turns into East Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, which intersects with North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road. Turn right at this intersection to continue up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Temple Quarry Nature Trail
Approximately 4300 East Little Cottonwood Canyon Road. To access the trailhead, go East on 9400 South past Wasatch Blvd. The trailhead will be on your right, just before the intersection with North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road. This short nature trail (.6 mile loop) near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon offers a beautiful spot to get away and enjoy the beauty of the canyon. As an informal picnic spot, there are no picnic tables or restrooms. However, there are several places to sit on the rocks and enjoy lunch near the river.
6 miles from the mouth of the canyon Picnickers can enjoy eating at the plaza at the Snowbird Center where there are many picnic tables and lots of year round activity. Snowbird also has picnic tables located around the resort available to the public.
Big Cottonwood Canyon
To access Big Cottonwood Canyon from Sandy: Get on Wasatch Boulevard by traveling East on 9400 South. At the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard, turn left and head North. Continue traveling North along Wasatch Boulevard to the intersection with Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (approximately 7200 South). Turn right and start driving up the canyon.
1.1 miles from the mouth of the canyon
There is a popular nearby rock climbing area. This picnic area includes several sites and group sites which are available for reservation.
1.5 miles from the mouth of the canyon
A number of the picnic sites here are close to the river. The Penitentiary climbing crag is located just above this picnic area.
1.8 miles from the mouth of the canyon
The picnic sites at the Birches are also close to Big Cottonwood Creek.
2.8 miles from the mouth of the canyon
Storm Mountain is the largest and best developed picnic area in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It has picnic areas, sports fields, grills and fire pits, and a playground. There are also several rock climbing crags in the area. Group sites are available for reservation.
5.1 miles from the mouth of the canyon
Moss ledge is a nice picnic area with several hiking trails located nearby.
14.2 miles from the mouth of the canyon
Almost immediately adjacent to the Brighton Ski Resort, Silver Lake includes a couple of picnic areas near a beautiful hiking trail around a small mountain lake. Beavers and Moose frequent the area.
14.5 miles from the mouth of the canyon
The area around Brighton Ski Resort has several spots suitable for picnics.
Mill Creek Canyon
Mill Creek Canyon is a beautiful, narrow canyon with numerous picnic areas. Each picnic area has several picnic tables, fire rings, and nearby bathrooms. There is a $3.00 charge per vehicle for access to the canyon.
To get to Mill Creek Canyon from Sandy, get on I-215 going East and then North. Take Exit 4 at 3900 S./3000 S. Keep left at the fork, and merge onto Wasatch Blvd. going North. Turn right at 3800 South / East Mill Creek Canyon Rd.
Picnic Areas are listed in order from the bottom to the top of the Canyon.
3.05 miles from the mouth of the canyon.
Church Fork is the largest picnic area in Mill Creek Canyon. This is also a trailhead for hikes along the Pipeline Trail or to Grandeur Peak.
Box Elder and Upper Box Elder
3.20 miles from the mouth of the canyon
The next picnic area is Box Elder and Upper Box Elder, a large picnic area with many sites, including several right next to Mill Creek.
4.5 miles from the mouth of the canyon
The Terraces picnic area has several group picnic sites located on the side of the canyon. The group sites can be reserved by calling 801-483-5473.
4.7 miles from the mouth of the canyon
Maple Grove is located at the upper gate to the canyon road. The gate is open from July 1 to November 1. Maple Grove has many picnic sites and isn’t as busy as the lower picnic areas.
All of the additional picnic sites in Mill Creek Canyon are located in Upper Mill Creek, above the gate. Vehicle access is only available July 1 through November 1.
5.1 miles from the mouth of the canyon
5.3 miles from the mouth of the canyon
5.65 miles from the mouth of the canyon
7.0 miles from the mouth of the canyon
7.1 miles from the mouth of the canyon
The trailheads to access the Big Water, Little Water, and Great Western trails are at the end of the canyon. These trails allow mountain bike access on even calendar days. On odd calendar days, bikers are prohibited on these trails. Dogs are allowed on the trails on any day, but must be leashed on the even calendar days.