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Big Cottonwood Canyon

3872 S. Swallow St, 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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West Valley City, Utah
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79 reviews 79 reviews
29 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

Silver lake is a fantastic little lake that is easily accessible and 30 to walk around the whole lake but for the hikers its all about the Sisters. Yes, there is several all over the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon but as a pro photographer Mary's lake is not to bad of a hike with newer, easier trails and the... More

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Louisiana
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296 reviews 296 reviews
85 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We love to drive thru Big Cottonwood Canyon going back to Deer Valley. Gorgeous views of the canyon and wildlife sightings are a plus.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The canyon drive is breathtaking. Watch out for many sports enthusiasts - lots of bikers and runners. We hiked two trails. Dog Lake was a peaceful hike with amazing wildflowers. When we were about .5 miles from the lake the misquotes were all over us. Bring bug spray for this hike. Also the last .5 miles is a steep climb.... More

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you have the time make it up Big Cottonwood. I took a morning and drove up there solo. The granite cliffs, lush greenery, and cascading streams made it all worth it. Take your time going up, there are a lot of twists and turns. What a view!!

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Boardman, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is actually a beautiful place --- when we ended up getting there. One word of caution: DO NOT USE THE ADDRESS LISTED IN THIS TRIP ADVISOR (3872 S. Swallow) as it is wrong. Unfortunately, I did and spent over an hour and a half driving around in the heat.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We took the drive through Cottonwood Canyon from the Salt Lake Airport on the way to my cousin's house in Midway (on the other side of the mountains). It is a truly beautiful drive, with lovely views all around. There are also plenty of trails along the road -- my husband and I just stopped at a few, and walked... More

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Mayfield, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Nice scenery, treacherous roads that have curves not protected by guardrails. Not advisable trip during the winter months, unless you have snow chains available. BCC is loaded with ski resorts that are amazing both summer and winter. Free snow lift rides in the winter months. Park rangers are OK, but those we've been around are not helpful, not friendly as... More

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SLC
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Big Cottonwood is a great canyon for a leisurely afternoon drive or picnic. There are numerous picnic tables along the route. At the top of the canyon, you can enjoy an easy walk around Silver Lake or stop in at the visitor center for more information on local plants and wildlife. This canyon is linked to Heber and Park City... More

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Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Big Cottonwood Canyon has lots of great hikes for all different levels of hikers. Donut Falls is a lovely easy hike and for more moderate ones Dog Lake with a detour to Desolation Lake is also wonderful. Up the highway you also find Silver Lake just beyond Solitude Ski Resort and numerous easy hikes at Brighton Resort. The Lake Mary... More

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Willingboro, New Jersey
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Beautiful scenery. Many summer activities at the lodge and near by. Higher elevation was challenging for breathing.

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