Resting beneath the southern portion of the Oquirrh Mountains, Southwest Valley acts as a springboard to the many activities available nearby, including biking, hiking, golfing, boating, and fishing. There are also a number of shopping and dining spots in this scenic area.
Yellow Fork Canyon County Park
Single track trails cover this park, making it ideal an ideal mountain-biking destination. Easy, moderate, and difficult trails will suit anyone’s skill level. All of the trails are multi-use, so enjoy them on foot or horseback, as well. The trails wind in and out of scrub oak and aspen, making for shady and scenic rides. In addition to the foliage, wildlife, such as flocks of wild turkeys and deer, thrives in the area.
Butterfield Canyon rests in the Oquirrh Mountains just west of Daybreak. The trail to a number of peaks begins in this canyon, namely Butterfield Peak, Kelsey Peak, White Pine Peak, and Lowe Peak. The drive to Butterfield Canyon Pass will take you to the trailhead. Hike up to Butterfield Peak for the easiest summit, or continue on to the other peaks for a more adventurous hike.
The Daybreak neighborhood offers some pleasant trails for walkers: Bingham Creek Trial, Oquirrh Lake Loop, and Webly Jacobs Canal Trail. Bingham Creek Trail follows Bingham Creek up from Glenmoor Golf Course, while Webly Jacobs Canal Trail follows the canal through a residential area. Oquirrh Lake Loop circles Oquirrh Lake, which is central to Daybreak. Kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and sailboats are available for a spin on the lake. Trout, bluegill, channel catfish, and largemouth bass are waiting to be caught from the designated fishing areas with a Utah State fishing license.
Rad Canyon BMX
The Rad Canyon BMX Park in Daybreak accommodates riders of all skill levels and ages. Visitors are welcome to bring their own bikes or to access the loaner bike fleet, and clinics are available for newbs. Indoor and outdoor tracks mean racing is available year-round. The first practice is free, and there's a one-day temp membership available for $10 (price subject to change). Spectators admission to the park is also free. This facility sports bleachers, restrooms, and a snack bar.
Glenmoor Golf Course
Glenmoor Golf Course is nestled in the residential area of Daybreak. Large mature trees and a few water hazards speckle this lush, well-maintained course. Bring your own gear, or rent some when you get there. There's a snack bar to keep you fueled through all 18 holes, and Glenmoor offers a driving range and lessons for those who don’t feel like playing the front or back nine.
Before heading out to hit the golf course or summit Butterfield Peaks, pop by The Wild Rose for some brunch. Or stop into The Break to catch the game, a drink, and some food after a day out in Southwest Valley. Tsunami Restaurant offers a tasty happy-hour menu, delicious sushi rolls, and a full bar.
If you need a bike to enjoy the wonderful biking trails of Southwest Valley, stop by SoDa Row and visit eSpokes to test ride a variety of bicycles. If biking’s not your thing, pop into one of SoDa Row’s many other shops, such as Painter’s Pallette or Nest Boutique. You can also swing by Guy’s Barbershop or 9 Salon to get spruced up before hitting the town. And Gardner Village is a lovely spot for window (or actual) shopping, with 22 locally owned specialty shops.
The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson offers comfy, convenient lodging with a fitness room, indoor pool, free internet access, and even a "Read It and Return It" lending library. Another nice option is the Home2 Suites by Hilton, which is within minutes of All Star Bowling and the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
Words: Luke Isom