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Provo/Orem, UT

Includes routes in Provo and Orem. See also our guide to running in Salt Lake City.

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The Provo-Orem metro area, located 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, lies in the Utah Valley and has a population of about 500,000. It”s a scenic area, surrounded by the Wasatch mountains, with Utah Lake at the west end. Provo is home to Brigham Young University (BYU). There’s a good variety of running in Provo, from long multi-use paths to some nice sections around Utah Lake, to extensive trail running opportunities.

The best place to run in Provo is the 15-mile Provo River Parkway Trail. In Orem, the signature run is the paved Murdock Canal Trail. We also love running around the BYU campus, which connects to other trails in the area. There are also several shoreline running options in the Utah Lake area. For trail running, good options are Y Mountain, trails Rock Canyon/Provo Canyon, and sections of the 100+ mile Bonneville Shoreline Trail that are in Provo and Orem. Note these can be hilly and challenging.

Notes: The area is at 4,500 feet elevation. The terrain gets very hilly as soon as the foothills are reached! Also, weather is a factor here: it can be cold and snowy in winter, and consistently hot in summer.

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Murdock Canal Trail

Provo/Orem, UT

Another great opportunity for a scenic off-road run. The paved multi-use path travels for 18 miles between Orem and Lehi. There are views of the mountains and occasional glimpses of Utah Lake. Connects at eastern end with the Provo River Parkway Trail.
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Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Provo/Orem, UT

A long-distance hiking trail with several sections on the Provo/Orem area. Generally less steep and easier footing than some of the canyon trails. We've mapped a 10.6 mile section from Springville to Rock Canyon, and a couple of sections in Orem.
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Provo Airport Loop

Provo/Orem, UT

A good, flat 7 mile loop on a mainly gravel strip between the airport and Utah Lake. Views of surrounding mountains and occasional glimpses of the lake. Can be combined with our Utah Lake and Provo River Parkway routes.
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Utah Lake Running Options

Provo/Orem, UT

Several good running options around Utah's largest freshwater lake. Jetties and a bike path at Utah Lake State Park, a 3-mile Shore Line Trail north of there, and some decent running along Lincoln Beach Rd. between Lincoln Beach and Tower View Point.
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BYU Campus & Neighborhood

Provo/Orem, UT

Attractive campus for running, with mountains all around, nice pedestrian paths, and numerous fields/athletic facilities. A campus 'tour' is 3-4 miles. Can add with Provo River Parkway Trail right near campus or paved path along N University Ave.
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Provo River Parkway Trail

Provo/Orem, UT

A great bet for a long, off-road run in Provo. Paved trail runs for 15 miles from Utah Lake to Provo Canyon. We divided the route into two sections. A mix of wooded and open terrain, great views, numerous parks and sites.
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Provo River Parkway Trail

Provo/Orem, UT

A great bet for a long, off-road run in Provo. Paved trail runs for 15 miles from Utah Lake to Provo Canyon. We divided the route into two sections. A mix of wooded and open terrain, great views, numerous parks and sites.
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