American Fork Canyon

American Fork Canyon

A GREEN link means that there are adult and kid climbs in that area. Click on it for more information so you can know if it will work for your family. A YELLOW link means there are no kid climbs but you can bring the family along as you climb. The areas are then rated from 1-5 cheerios (1 being the worst area to take your family and 5 being the best). A RED link means that it is essentially a no go. Click and find out the reasons why so you can make your own decision.

What You Should Know

American Fork Canyon has some of the hardest climbs in Utah. There are also a good amount of moderate climbs. There are very few kids climbs however – Tank Canyon is your best bet to get the kids on the wall. Also, make sure you are aware that there is a fee to get into this canyon.


Unknown Area two-cheerios

Tank Canyon: The Flopper and Small Fry three-and-a-half-cheerios

Tank Canyon: Two O’Clock Rock two-and-a-half-cheerios

Little Mill Areafour-cheerios


Australian Boulderthree-cheerios

Echo Bouldertwo-and-a-half-cheerios

House Boulder four-cheerios

Little Mill Bouldersthree-and-a-half-cheerios

Tank Boulder three-cheerios

Additional Activities:

Tibble Fork Reservoir:

A beautiful place to picnic, kayak, etc.

Silver Lake Flat Reservoir:

A smaller reservoir farther up canyon on a dirt road. You can see how to get there on the map provided here.


There are hikes all over the canyon.

Timpanogos Cave is one of the most famous but you need to reserve it ahead of time.

Alpine Loop:

Its a 20 mile beautiful drive. You can read more about it here.

You can also choose to bike it like my husband and other crazy bikers. You can read more about it here.


You can camp at several different locations in AF Canyon. Its more pricey than some other areas though.

Little Mill Campground

By some climbs and boulders.

Timpooneke Campground

On the Alpine Loop.

Granite Flat Campground

Near the reservoir.

Primitive Camping Near Silver Lake Flat Reservoir. There are bathrooms next to the reservoir and a parking area. You must camp at least 1/2 mile away from the reservoir. You can either backpack there or if you follow the road up with 4WD then you can pull right next to several campsites.

4 Wheeling:

There are a few trails you can go on. You can find out more about them here.

See this canyon on our map