March 18, 2016

Winter Rides

For the last couple of months, we've been riding in Dimple Dell Nature Park.  A 200 foot deep gulch defines the center of the park, which runs east-west for about 8 miles.  It's easily accessible from our house, with no trailering required.  All winter long, even with a foot of snow, the trails are easily followed.
Above is a view from one of the trails, facing east toward the Wasatch Mountain range.
Here's a view from a Dimple Dell trail facing west, toward the Oquirrh Mountains.
Up along the canyon rim, a barked trail has great footing in all weather conditions, as well as beautiful views.
About midway down nto the gulch, another level of trails is mostly sandy.  At the lowest level, Dry Creek flows intermittently, and many trees provide good shade in summer.
 Above is a Cooper's hawk perched above the creek trail.
A family of Great Horned Owls live near a spring that feeds into the dry creek bed.  This wise old fellow has his eyes closed, trying to get his afternoon nap.
 He seems completely undisturbed by my interest and attempt at photography.
Bikers and hikers frequent these trails, as well as quite a few horseback riders.  In winter, it's not unusual to see cross country skiers and sledders on the trail as well.  A Native American artifact site was discovered last year as the gas company did some pipeline work across the gulch.  Apparently even our distant predecessors enjoyed this area.
Dimple Dell is a unique treasure.  We're lucky that the citizens who lived here when the city of Sandy was first developed had the good sense to preserve this park in its natural state.


  1. Great to see you posting again Janie. I have enjoyed your ride with all those spectacular views. Thank you!

    I have a new blog now by the way:

    Have a great weekend :)

  2. Hi, Janie! I've ridden this trail! And, it's terrific! Only once... too far away from Park City to get there very often, but I really enjoyed it. It's wonderful to be able to ride out your gate, onto a trail, without the hassle of driving somewhere. :-)

  3. This looks like a beautiful place for a ride any time of the year. Thanks for sharing the beauty with us. I, too, am glad the citizens had the foresight to preserve this area.

  4. What a great place. Fortunate you having a place you you can take the horses and not the trailer. I went to geocaching dot com and checked it out, which is easy since it is such a large park. There are 37 geocaches in the park!!

  5. What a great name - "Dimple Dell!" You have fantastic views from your new home base. Except for the dusting of snow on the peaks, it looks like spring! I hope Daisy is OK - she's usually along for the ride. Lucky you to spot the owl! Happy spring Janie and Steve.

  6. What a beautiful place, Janie----AND so close to your home.. The pictures are fabulous ---and I'm glad that someone had the foresight to work hard to preserve that area... Awesome!!!! Love the hawk and owl.... NEAT.

    How was your winter this year? We had a fairly mild winter overall --and at least did NOT have the horrible ice storms we had last year.


  7. How neat to have a trail so near and accessible.

  8. it's so nice to be able to ride out your back door, especially in a pretty area!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond



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