The Robert N. Hasenyager Great Salt Lake Nature Trail, also known as the Nature Trail, is a 1.3 mile loop in the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. This is a moderately trafficked, gravel and boardwalk trail with little elevation gain, making it great for strolls with the whole family, including stroller and wheelchair accessibility. This is also a great trail for birding with beautiful views of the wetlands and the mountains. We recommend bringing binnoculars, if you have them!
Distance: 1.3 miles / Loop
Elevation Gain: 9 feet
Time: 30 min – 1 hr
Trail Type: Gravel & Boardwalk
Dogs: Not Allowed
Parking: Parking lot at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center (here)
Restroom: Yes, at the parking lot
Trailhead Coordinates: 40.961666, -111.927850
Getting there: This trail is in the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, which is easy to navigate to via Google Maps. There is generous parking in the lot for the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Wildlife Education Center. The Education Center is closed Monday and Sunday but open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. We love this trail early in the morning but if you go during these hours you can go into the Center which has a cool collection of taxidermied birds, including a couple eagles.
The trailhead is clearly marked and trail conditions are very accessible, ranging from wide packed gravel and wooden boardwalks. We’d also recommend bringing along bug spray just to be safe.
There are several beautifully wood-burned benches along the path, as well as two viewing pergolas that branch out from the loop towards the pond that make for great stopping points to enjoy the sounds of wildlife and if you’re still for long enough, hopefully some wildlife sightings!
For a detailed trail map and reviews on the Robert N. Hasenyager Great Salt Lake Nature Trail, visit All Trails.
While visiting this trail, remember to practice #ResponsibleRecreation. Maintain social distancing, stay home if you are sick, keep dogs on a leash and pick up after them, and “pack it in – pack it out”. Please be mindful of others, be aware of your surroundings, and respect the locals (aka the wildlife). We’d love to see your photos, feel free to tag us (@discoverdavis) and have fun!