Utah’s Governor Announces Exciting Trails Connectivity Proposal

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) recently reported Utah Governor Spencer Cox’s intention to work towards establishing an integrated statewide trail network. Governor Cox’s announcement, supported by Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Carlos Braceras, is intended to establish regional trails and connect with existing local trail systems in the state for greater connectivity in the state’s active transportation system (walking, biking, running, etc).

Details on the proposal are yet to be determined. The Governor indicated that he will work with the Legislature over the next few years to invest in the state’s trails to continue to make Utah the “most outdoor friendly state in the nation.” This exciting idea is consistent with the plans and proposals that WFRC and its partners have developed for the future of the state’s regional trail systems. The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Association of Governments (AOG), and Economic Development District (EDD) for the Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, Weber, and southern Box Elder Counties of northern Utah.

Layton City’s impressive trail system offers hikers, bikers and even horseback riders everything from easy to challenging terrain. With over 500 miles of trails in Davis County, mountain hiking and biking adventures include waterfalls, wildlife, and of course scenic views. Layton also provides direct access to regional trail systems such as the Bonneville Shoreline Trail incorporating over 100 miles completed of a 280-mile trail system extending from the Idaho border to Nephi, Utah, and the Great Western Trail, a 4,455 mile trail from Canada to Mexico.