Rose Canyon Road takes you from Herriman into Rose Canyon and the trailhead to Yellow Fork Canyon. Rose Canyon Road actually continues to the left of Yellow Fork into the Oquirrh Mountains. In the lower portions of the canyon the land is mostly private, with some farms, shrubsteppe, mixed oak and juniper woodlands. As you continue towards Yellow Fork the hillsides predominantly become mixed oak and juniper woodlands--some of the best tracts of juniper habitat in Salt Lake County are found here. There are various side roads and shoot offs that are all marked as private. Usually birders aren't bothered when using these roads, but please tread lightly so as not to cause problems for other birders in the future. A small intermittent creek runs down the canyon with light riparian habitat present as well. Most birding on Rose Canyon Road is en route to Yellow Fork, and I'm not sure the extent of what the road or habitat up canyon is like.
The first time I came to Rose Canyon was in High School, and it was to look for JUNIPER TITMOUSE. This was known as the closest reliable spot for this species from Salt Lake City--and it still is. The juniper woodlands here are prime habitat and this species can be found year round along with WESTERN SCRUB-JAY, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and COMMON RAVEN here. CALIFORNIA QUAIL and WILD TURKEY are occasionally reported from the canyon year round as well. During the breeding season BLACK-THROATED GRAY, VIRGINIA'S, and MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, join PLUMBEOUS VIREO, DUSKY and GRAY FLYCATCHER as you get closer to Yellow Fork. In the lower reaches it's not uncommon to see MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD and WESTERN KINGBIRD in the summer--while LARK and BREWER'S SPARROW can usually be tracked down too. BUSHTIT are reported infrequently, and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH as well as BEWICK'S WREN have been found here. Birding can be hard here due to the private property issues, as well as the sheer volume of traffic here nowadays. Back in the 90's and early 2000's it wasn't nearly as busy. Housing developments have reached the mouth of the canyon, and lots of people living out here now head here for recreation. Your best bet is early on Sunday mornings and during the week. Saturday's in the summer are a mad house!
From I-15 Exit 291 at 12300 south in Draper head west for 6.3 miles as the road becomes 12600 south. Turn Left on to Main Street in Herriman and follow it as it heads southwest for 2 miles. Turn Left on to 6400 West/Rose Canyon Road for 1 mile. Turn right--this is a continuation of Rose Canyon Road. After .8 miles you will arrive at a pond to your left at "The Cove At Herriman Springs". This is usually where birding for Rose Canyon Road begins as the road continues 2.6 miles till the trailhead at Yellow Fork Canyon.