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Big Cottonwood Canyon

Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
Activities: Hiking, Skiing
Traveler Description: Beautiful in every season of the year. Lots of hiking (take gps and locator beacons so the police can find you) Be prepared for any hike. Water... more »
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Cedar Park, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My wife ran the Big Cottonwood Marathon and couldn't stop gushing about the beauty of the scenery as they ran. The next day we drove up the canyon, stopping at various points to do a little hiking and climbing and take pictures. Definitely something to do when you're in SLC.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
45 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I was with a group of about 200 photographers. We captured some beautiful landscape photos. We took a bus from Salt Lake City from the conference.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This canyon was so beautiful. My first trip to Utah will last in my memory because of my time in this canyon.

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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The Big Cotton Woods Canyon is truly amazing, we pulled over a few times to take pictures of the giant rock mountains. Definitely recommend going there if you like mountains.

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Sunnyvale, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

There is not much to see other than an urban trail very close to a highway. No Canyon at all. We parked near the trail and took a walk along the trail.

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Asheville, NC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Big Cottonwood Canyon, Little Cottonwood and Wasatch Mountains are what's worth seeing in Salt Lake City. The sheer beauty of the mountains, the massive rock formations and upward vistas provide stunning viewing around each bend. Many trails for hiking, rock climbing or just getting off the road into the forest. Skip the man-made architechure of Temple Square and drive through... More

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Cottonwood Heights, Utah
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I love the 'S' curve on this road to stop and take a short walk to a spot that is just down from the road but gets you really close to the creek. Level and great for all ages and abilities. Silverlake at the top of the canyon is also a great place for families to picnic, hike, enjoy the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Labor Day weekend drive was fabulous ... took Guardsman's Pass (open only between snowmelt and first snowfall) between Park City and Brighton, via Wasatch National Park. What a beauty! Summer rains mean that the mountain slopes are uncharacteristically green; big blotches of searing scarlets and oranges have begun to dot the mountainsides. At the top of Big Cottonwood, just above... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you want to see fall colors and spectacular mountains, maybe some wild life try this drive. Be careful - drive slowly, enjoy the beauty and don't come to close to the many cyclists who will be enjoying the canyon road with you.

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Exile in Utah
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26 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I guess we were a bit "snobbish" about our outdoor experiences after living in northwest Montana for many years; although we have found wonderful sights and adventures in Utah. It always seemed that the hikes near Salt Lake City were overused and underwhelming. Although Big Cottonwood Canyon is a busy place, a group of friends hiked up to Lake Solitude... More

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