Yellow Fork Canyon is the end destination for most ravelers on Rose Canyon Road. This trail closes to vehicles is a quick way to lose the noise of the road, and enjoy the best birding in the area quickly. The habitat is a continuation of what's in Rose Canyon, with mixed oak and juniper woodlands being the predominant habitat type. A small creek lends some riparian habitat with willow and other shrubs present as well. Rocky hillsides with some cliff habitat can be found, as well as some shrubsteppe on rolling hills. The lower section of the canyon is an easy hike from the trailhead and you can quickly find yourself off trail following birds through the woods. The upper portion of the trail is about a 30 minute hike from the bottom, and this is where the habitat becomes more montane. There is another hot spot for this location called "Yellow Fork Canyon -- Upper", and it is recommended that checklists for the upper canyon are split from the lower canyon given the differing habitats.
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--after birding in Rose Canyon I continued in the less travelled Yellow Fork. 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. During the breeding season BLACK-THROATED GRAY, VIRGINIA'S, YELLOW, and MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, join PLUMBEOUS VIREO, DUSKY and GRAY FLYCATCHER here. BUSHTIT are reported infrequently, and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH have been found here. The bird list is essentially going to be similar to Rose Canyon, but the birding is easier and the land is public. There are definitely more birds and a wider array here, but the specialty species remain the same. The current list definitely has species found in the upper portion of the canyon as there is overlap in species that wouldn't normally be found in oak or juniper. But bird both the lower and upper canyon, and create a list for both to help split things out in the future!
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". From here the road continues 2.6 miles till the trailhead at Yellow Fork Canyon is on your right.