Alien Tower Trail

Draper, UT
Length: 2.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 4    Average: 3/5]

The Alien Tower rewards you with 360° views of both Utah County and the Salt Lake Valley from a beautiful spot in Draper. It’s 2.5 miles roundtrip and a steady incline on the way there, but not too steep. It’s a wide trail; totally doable by kids young and old, depending on how quickly you need to hike. It’s wide enough that an all-terrain stroller could probably manage it with a little help in a couple of rocky spots. There is no shade, so it’s best to hike this trail in the cooler months or in the mornings or evenings when it’s not quite so hot. We hiked it for the first time the day after a big thunderstorm and it was breathtaking with stunning clouds and views for miles. In the summer you can also see lots of wildflowers.

The Alien Tower itself if a pyramid-shaped structure that was obviously built by aliens (according to our kids). I honestly don’t know what it’s for; maybe for surveying? Or an art installation?

The trail starts at at the end of Deer Ridge Rd; way up Suncrest in Draper. If you’re using Google Maps or another GPS app to get you there, enter “Deer Ridge Offleash Dog Trailhead” into your search

On the trail itself, there are a couple of forks in the trail; stay to the left on the way to the tower and you’ll go the most direct route. Turning right will bring you back to the original trail, but it can be a little steeper.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 538 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Bike Trails and Viewpoint

Panoramic views
Wide trail
Dogs allowed, off-leash

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Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking is along the dead end of Deer Ridge Rd. Sometimes there is a port-o-potty, sometimes not. Park at your own risk and clean up after your pets.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 4    Average: 3/5]

Alex is an artist and graphic designer who runs her own little business from home while she’s momming it with her two school-aged boys. She’s a California native and transplant to the Salt Lake Valley where she’s completely fallen in love with living so close to the mountains. She loves hiking, camping, travel, soccer, photography and cooking. She geeks out over history, especially art history, loves getting lost in a great novel, and she started practicing taekwondo the year she turned 40. She’s also a Lifetime Girl Scout and she loves sharing her love for travel and the outdoors with her kids.

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Trail Map

Getting There

From I-15, take exit 288 for 14600 S, keep left at the fork heading to Draper. Turn left onto Highland Dr and continue for 3.4 miles. Turn right onto Traverse Ridge Rd. Turn right onto Deer Ridge Rd and continue until the road dead ends.