27 May 2020
Hiking Davis County: Indian Princess Grave Trail
If you’re looking for a unique outdoor family activity, then check out this awesome trail. You’ll be able to enjoy Farmington Pond, snap pictures with a mystical creature, and visit the grave of a Native American Princess.
This trail starts right at the parking lot of Farmington Pond. This is a paved parking lot right next to the pond, which adds another great outdoor activity to this hike. On the south side of the parking lot, there is a trail that will lead to a bridge to cross Farmington Creek.
Just after crossing the bridge, you may spot an unusual creature off in the distance. Right near the trail is a 9-foot bronze statue of Bigfoot! That’s not something you see every day, right? After snapping some pics with Bigfoot you’ll keep following along the trail. If you’re having a hard time finding Bigfoot, check out these detailed instructions from Utah Adventure Family.
Once you cross the bridge, there will be several posts along the trail leading you in the right direction. There are several side trails, so if you get confused, just head north towards the electricity towers.
Eventually, you’ll come across a large pile of rocks about 25 feet wide right off of the trail. You’ll find a plaque in the largest rock that explains this area is the burial site of the Indian Princess “the daughter and grandchild of Little Soldier, a Goshute/Shoshone Chief.”
Many of us might not associate Native American history with Davis County and this is a great and unique reminder of this important history.
This is an out and back trail, so you will return back to the trailhead the same way you came. All in, this is a 1.75-mile hike with 345 feet of elevation gain. This is not a very steep hike, so it is great for families with smaller children. Some parts of the trail may be rocky, so use caution. This trail has minimal shade, so plan to visit on an overcast day or be prepared for lots of sun exposure.
After your hike, stick around and enjoy the beautiful views at Farmington Pond!
For more information and a detailed trail map, check out this great post by The Salt Project. A big thank you to The Salt Project for sharing this hike in 2019 and inspiring this blog.
While visiting this trail, remember to practice #ResponsibleRecreation. Maintain social distancing, stay home if you are sick, keep dogs on a leash and pickup after them, and “pack it in- pack out”.