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Nestled in the foothills south of Salt Lake City, Millcreek serves as the jumping off point to the mountains. Whether you're gearing up at one of the outfitters or sitting down for a hearty brunch or apres ski cocktail, Millcreek is a worthy stop on your Ski City vacation.

EAT & DRINK

Start your day with a piping hot cup of java at Greenhouse Effect Coffee & Crepes or Higher Ground Coffee (owned by professional alpinist Kyle Dempster). Or you can savor a hearty breakfast burrito or a Mediterranean omelet at Roots Cafe.

For fine-dining lovers, Provisions specializes in locally sourced contemporary eats and does craft cocktails the right way, and tucked away in Millcreek Canyon, the romantic Log Haven awaits with award-winning menus and wine lists. 

Citrus Grill has been a neighborhood staple for years, and its new American cuisine is top notch. The Kathmandu has one of the best Indian food buffets in the city. Tres Hombres dishes up massive portions of traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex. And you can get your curry on at Thai Siam.

For nightlife, Liquid Joe’s has a large and vibrant dance floor, which comes to life during several themed party nights. The Royal constantly offers up live rock music to a packed house. Have a classy night out, dress to the nines to dance, and sip club cocktails at Habits.

SHOP

Millcreek is the neighborhood to gear up for any of your outdoor adventures. Black Diamond Equipment is based here, and its retail shop has all the pro gear and pro advice from athlete staff that you could ever want. IME (International Mountain Equipment) is a climbers' paradise. Bargain shoppers can get exceptional used gear from locally owned 2nd Tracks Sports, or you can put your own stuff on consignment. And for one-stop gear shopping: REI.

For more traditional retail shopping, The Shops at the Brickyard hosts several big-box department stores as well as locally owned and awesome Harmons Grocery, where you can stock your fridge with fixin's or mow down on the inexpensive salad bar. For the fashionistas amongst us, Name Dropperssells designer clothes on consignment. 
 

PLAY

Salt Lake City’s newest, shiniest climbing gym, Momentum Indoor Climbing Millcreek is a great way to send it when it’s too hot in the summer or between storms in the winter. With world-class routes and problems and wall architecture designed with the help of Chris Sharma, you’ll crimp and jug 'til your arms give out. Another indoor option but with less athletic prowess needed, Olympus Hills Bowling Lanes is where you can just go roll, dude.

On warm, sunny days, check out the large, expansive, and family-friendly Big Cottonwood Regional Park. Or bring your caddy with you to Nibley Park Golf Course. Millcreek is a great gateway for road biking as well. Many cyclists take to Wasatch Boulevard for its views of the valley and wide shoulders for pedalling safely. Finally, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing options abound up Millcreek Canyon. The canyon is dog-friendly and even has off-leash days every other day. For a scenic nine-mile out-and-back workout, take your Nordic or skate skis to the gate at the end of the Millcreek Canyon road, hop out of your car, and head up the groomed track. 

HIDDEN GEMS

For one of the most spectacular views of the valley, drive up Millcreek Canyon to Rattlesnake Gulch. You’ll climb to the Pipeline Trail, then head back west till you reach the point to the mountain. Take in the vista or a sunset.

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Words: Austen Diamond