Perhaps one of the most popular recreation sites along the Wasatch, American Fork Canyon is full of opportunities for outdoor recreationists or families looking to escape the city heat.
Check out the list of our favorite things to do in American Fork Canyon, and if we missed an activity that's worth trying, let us know in the comments!
-- By Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
For those with the gear, American Fork Canyon is home to a number of routes for sport climbing. With all of the beautiful foliage and cooler weather, spring is the perfect time to explore more than 60 sections. There are routes for every level of climber, though those seeking a hard route can surely find one.
Hike and tour Timp Cave
A National Monument, Timpanogos Cave is open each year typically after Memorial Day and through the end of summer. This year, the cave, trail and visitors center opened in mid-June after construction and renovation.
As the caves become more and more popular, reserving tickets ahead of time is wise to guarantee access to the caves the day of your hike. Tickets can be reserved up to 30 days in advance for tours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Adults cost $12, children 2-11 are $7 and tickets for infants are $2 (hiking the trail is free; the ticket covers the guided tour at the top).
Beyond cave tours, the park also offers classes and events educating residents about cave crystals, plants and birds of prey.
Hike Mount Timpanogos
For Utah County residents that are able, hiking to the peak of Mount Timpanogos belongs on many bucket lists. This hike is a rite of passage, as the second highest peak along the Wasatch (the highest being Mount Nebo).
You can begin the hike from the Timpooneke Trail at the Timpooneke Campground in American Fork Canyon or from the Aspen Grove Trail past Sundance.
If taking the Timpooneke Trail, the 14.5 mile hike will take anywhere from six to eight hours for the average hiker. Don't forget to pack plenty of water and a warm jacket for the top where the wind can get blustery. Many hikers opt to hike the popular trail at night with the goal of viewing the sunrise from the peak.
Other popular hiking trails included in American Fork include Cascade Springs, Silver Lake and Stewart Falls.
Enjoy the water at Tibble Fork Reservoir
The Tibble Fork Reservoir was expanded after a $7.3 project several years ago, and now there's double the surface to canoe and paddle board across surrounded by gorgeous mountain views.
There is also a sandy beach at the reservoir that is a great place for swimming in the summer.
There are numerous spots to picnic up American Fork Canyon, whether you're looking for a remote piece of the outdoors or a spot along the road complete with a fire ring.
Saturdays and Sundays are particularly busy, so arrive early before mealtimes if you plan to snag a spot. In the summer, the canyon is a much cooler place to sit outside among friends and family.
American Fork Canyon is full of dozens trails accessible to intermediate to advanced mountain bikers.
If you're fortunate to have a Jeep, or lucky to have some awesome friends who do, American Fork Canyon provides some fun adventures via Jeeping trails.
Camp at Granite Flat
Up past Tibble Fork Reservoir, Granite Flat is a great place for families in Utah County to escape for a night or two (or five).
There are no water or electrical hook ups -- just good 'ole fashioned fire rings.
The campground has approximately 55 sites, and a spot can be reserved online at recreation.gov. With American Fork Canyon's popularity however, don't wait too long into the summer to make a reservation or else you might have a wait. The campground is open through Oct. 15.
Going for a scenic drive
American Fork Canyon offers some incredible views when the roads are open usually between Memorial Day and late fall. Taking a drive, especially in the fall when the foliage begins to change colors, is a great way to spend a Sunday -- or any other -- afternoon.
For local anglers, American Fork is a great place to break out the rod and reel and catch a few fish.
Popular fishing spots in the canyon include Tibble Fork Reservoir, the American Fork River, Silver Flat Reservoir and Silver Lake.
Tibble Fork has a fishing pier that was built in 2017. The reservoir is stocked with Rainbow Trout.
Silver Flat Reservoir is often less crowded than Tibble Fork Reservoir, and has Arctic Grayling, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout/Bonneville and Rainbow Trout.
Silver Lake is the highest rated fishing spot in American Fork Canyon, but it requires a 2.1 mile hike into the Twin Peaks Wilderness Area to get to the lake. The lake has Arctic Grayling and Brook Trout.