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Big Cottonwood Canyon

Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
+1 801-521-6040
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Located in the Wasactch Mountains, this wilderness region offers a limitless range of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts.
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Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
+1 801-521-6040
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Reviewed yesterday

This is our 2nd time in SLC. Took the drive through the canyon up to Solitude Mountain. Stunning views, lots of narrow switchbacks though, so if you're not comfortable (or don't have a good, stable vehicle) don't attempt the off road part. One of the...More

Thank AllSpin
Reviewed 4 days ago

I like to hike up the canyon. I could spend all summer and not go on the same hike twice, so that is cool.

Thank Kalisa J
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a drive! Just a short distance out of Salt Lake City, and what views and scenery, from huge rock formations, to spruce forests, to the beautiful flow of the creek. I traveled in June, and there was still plenty of snow to be seen....More

Thank 259Nancy_
Reviewed 5 days ago

We spent one of our days in Salt Lake City driving in the mountains, going to both Big and little Cottonwood Canyons. The scenery is beautiful and it's definitely worth the time. It was in the low 100's in SLC when we were there and...More

1  Thank jdlakeshore
Reviewed 6 days ago

I am staying at a hotel in "Park City" and the client is in SLC downtown. 30 minute commute is not bad for me as I love the “ME” time while I drive to-and-fro from work. One evening from work, I took the scenic route...More

2  Thank BearBull99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a beautiful scenic drive. You see all different kinds of rock formation. What I found great was that there was still snow on some of the mountains. We also drive through little cotton wood on the way to Salt Lake City. You get...More

1  Thank Wendy K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so popular on the weekend, that the hiking part is not a quiet nature experience. We did find a little enclave with more quiet and solitude, though.

1  Thank cctraveller77
Reviewed 1 week ago

A few friends and I were in Salt Lake City over Memorial Day Weekend and we took a quick trip (~45 min to Big Cottongwood Canyon and another ~45 min to Silver Lake) to Big Cottonwood Canyon where you can see gorgeous mountains as well...More

2  Thank justkeepingtabs
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove the Big Cottonwood Canyon scenic drive and the scenery was amazing. We saw lots of animals and the snow still on the mountains. Would definitely recommend. Easy to find from downtown Salt Lake City

1  Thank Jane33Kent_England
Reviewed 1 week ago

It seems a little weird reviewing a canyon, rather than a business of establishment, but this canyon is worth it. We went on a week day evening last month, and had a fantastic time. It has been an odd spring this year, with lots of...More

1  Thank Michael J
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Marlene S
are there hotels in the area? If so, please refer to some by name.
6 May 2017|
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Response from jefforylong | Reviewed this property |
Yes many along I 15 area, 7200 south is the exit to the canyon. google map
Liam A
I'm in Salt Lake City for a day in mid April this year & want to do at least one tour in the time I have there. In people's opinion would be be better to visit the Big Cottonwood Canyon or Antelope Island as a tour? Thanks in advance
6 February 2017|
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Response from porterfam4 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the others who have answered. It's really a matter of your interests. For me, I'd get a car and head up Big Cottonwood. Do a couple hikes, look for wildlife, enjoy the lodges and ski lifts. Utah mountains are... More
My friend is landing in Salt Lake City today and is interested in getting her rental car and going on the scenic drive. How could we find out in advance if any of the roads might be closed due to winter weather? She won't be doing much hiking but would like to drive then stop here and there for vistas and pictures before it gets dark.
18 January 2017|
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Response from Shelley S | Reviewed this property |
We don't close roads much in Utah. We salt, sand and plow them. They do close Big Cottonwood canyon now and then but usually only during an active big storm. Dial 511 or 866-511-UTAH for information or look at the UDOT web... More