Today – We Bought A Canyon!

Provo is consistently recognized nationally for its outstanding quality of life, well-being, and as a beautiful place to live with unbelievable recreational opportunities. I’m excited to say that today gives one more reason to brag.

Provo City has announced that we have reached an agreement with the Davis Family and Red Slab to purchase Rock Canyon with the intent to preserve and protect its natural beauty in perpetuity! It’s not everyday you get a chance to actually purchase a canyon. This is a monumental accomplishment that brings an added value to our residents and another amenity enhancing the already incredible quality of life we enjoy in Provo.

The Rock Canyon has a long history of being a destination for those seeking opportunities to hike, climb, or enjoy the outdoors. The Canyon offers access to Squaw Peak, world-class hikes, and rock climbing.

For the past 15 years the city has been in negotiations with the Davis’ to keep the Canyon pristine and remove the ability for mining to occur.

For our residents who have lived in this area and paid attention to this issue, our announcement today is arguably one of the most significant things we’ve done to preserve our past and assure the canyon’s future. With this purchase, we’ve removed all doubt about what will happen to Rock Canyon.


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  1. Kyle

    The importance of this news cannot be understated; this effects much more than just Provo’s residents. The mountains will remain beautiful for everyone in the valley, and it sets an example for (hopefully) the rest of the nation: The beauty of the natural world around us is worth preserving. Thank you, Provo City!

  2. Marcy

    Wow! This is great news! Keep up the good work, Mayor.

  3. Colleen Franklin

    Another reason I admire John Curtis. Thank you!

  4. Greg

    Can’t wait to keep enjoying that beautiful canyon for a very long time, whether it’s skiing, hiking, climbing, or just looking out my front window! Thanks for all of your hard work to make this happen.

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  6. Courtney

    That canyon has been a sanctuary for me ever since I was in high school (almost 10 years ago) and now I enjoy it with my little children. You are awesome! Thank you!

  7. Just a thought

    I felt like I was watching a propaganda video, I’m sorry but those of us who have been watching this for years know the truth about the previous owners and their desire to mine it till it was gone. To see them look at the camera and lie about their intentions made me physically I’ll.

    I am so happy John Curtis and staff were able to obtain the land and save it from the clutches of people who valued money far more than ruining an environment that has, and now will be forever, enjoyed by all who desire to go. Keep up the amazing work.

  8. Ann

    I am so excited we are preserving green space! I hope this same date will come to slate canyon too!

  9. Ginger

    Now, the whole community can stand with new-found confidence that each of us, as well as our children and grandchildren will have access to Rock Canyon as a place of enlivening recreation, personal renewal, and ongoing inspiration. Thank you, Mayor Curtis.

  10. Bill Nye

    Maybe you should quit using epic for every announcement…

    1. Just a thought

      Also you could take your head out of the sand and stop thinking that just because it is not epic to you, that it is not epic to those of us that love this canyon. We grew up hiking there, and now are kids can. I wasn’t wowed by google fiber, but to me this is epic.

  11. Curt

    In the newspaper it said land would be traded or sold in South Fork of Provo Canyon. Could you speak to which land would be sold. It seems like the Provo City land there has just as much or more recreational value, including the undeveloped Provo City lands, as any land in Rock Canyon. I’m pleased that Rock Canyon is being saved but very concerned about development in South Fork.

  12. KBA

    I think it’s great the city bought Rock Canyon, but can someone enlighten me as to what the “clues” had to do with all this?

  13. Carole

    Thanks to John Curtis and his great leadership. We who live or have lived (like us) in that area of Provo are very grateful for this. It is a great accomplishment. Thanks to all who did so much to help.

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