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Big Cottonwood Canyon

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Address: Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
Phone Number: +1 801-521-6040
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Located in the Wasactch Mountains, this wilderness region offers a...

Located in the Wasactch Mountains, this wilderness region offers a limitless range of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Big Cottonwood canyon has Brighton and Solitude resorts along with side canyon trails. Skill levels for all ages and experience. Adventure for drivers and hikers. Take the drive... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 July 2016
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Big Cottonwood canyon has Brighton and Solitude resorts along with side canyon trails. Skill levels for all ages and experience. Adventure for drivers and hikers. Take the drive over the top to Park City or Midway/Heber City. Pines, aspens, cottonwood and oak. Smells to delight the senses. Majestic granite peaks and shear walls give way to 100 mile vistas. Cold... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

When it gets hot in the Salt Lake valley (which it often does in summer), Big Cottonwood Canyon is a lovely place for a drive and/or a picnic to beat the heat. Be wary of holidays, because everybody goes there, and it can get crowded. Reserve your picnic space weeks or months in advance.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The drive up the canyon is a beautiful drive no matter what time you visit, and there's something to do for just about everyone. Plenty of trails to hike, there are several spots that get a lot of rock climbers, you can find great eats at the Silver Fork lodge and cafe, and of course there's the ski resorts of... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

This is a very nice day trip if you are staying in Salt Lake City summer or winter the climb up is steep and be sure to use a low gear on your way down so you don't overheat your brakes. When your done with Big Cottonwood canyon head up Little Cottonwood Canyon it's just a short drive away and... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Big Cottonwood Canyon is a short distance from downtown Salt Lake City. The hikes are incredible in the summer and range from beginner to expert. For those interested in fishing, rock climbing, camping, and more — it's all available. A great place to start your adventures would be Donut Falls, an easier hike that is great for the family.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

So close to Salt Lake City and worth a quick drive, but be prepared to have a tough time finding a parking spot during the busiest times of the year. Lots of wonderful hikes to choose from, wildlife aplenty and even some great places to eat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We hiked the Lake Blanche trail - 2.8 miles one way - and were impressed with the alpine scenery and plentiful wildflowers. The hike is moderately uphill and rocky, so be prepared with plenty of water and grit. With so many hikes in the area, we pulled into the large parking lot and just headed up. Much cooler than SLC... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Big cottonwood canyon is heaven on earth! So many awesome trails to hike and beautiful places to explore. July is a good time to see beautiful wild flowers and the fall colors are amazing too!

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Sandy, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

This is one of the most beautiful canyons in Utah. It's all green and full of pine trees and aspen trees. They have many picnic areas and several places higher up the canyon you can overnight camp. It has some amazing hikes. From easy to difficult you can find all you want. In this canyon you'll see Solitude Ski Resort.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We took the tram to the top at Snowbird - to 11,100 feet above sea level. The scenery is magnificent!

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