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Address: Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
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Activities: Skiing, Hiking
Description: 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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So beautiful!

We were lucky to read about this beautiful area and work it in to our drive on our way from California to Colorado. I wish we had had time for some hiking, but at least we got to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Fairfield
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277 reviews 277 reviews
93 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to read about this beautiful area and work it in to our drive on our way from California to Colorado. I wish we had had time for some hiking, but at least we got to experience the sheer loveliness of rock, trees, cliffs, and water in their beautiful combinations. The geology is fascinating, the aspen trees in... More 

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Salt Lake City, UT
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We moved to SLC in 1993 & this was one of our 1st treks into the mountainous area. So close to SLC yet far enough to feel like your miles away. So much to do! Since moving here we usually plan a ride up to Big Cottonwood Canyon. Spend a day or a weekend in this Natural Forest Area &... More 

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Salt Lake City
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Big Cottonwood Canyon is full of winter and summer activities. Lots of trails for hiking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. The Crest trail is one of the best mountain bike trails around. Also, both Brighton and Solitude are located in this canyon and are both great ski resorts, popular with the locals. Solitude is especially good during... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Big Cottonwood Canyon (BCC) offers great hikes, camping, winter skiing and snowboarding as well as incredible views. BCC is part of the Wasatch Mountain Range. There are some challenging hikes as well as some easy hikes during the spring, summer and fall. Please go to http://hikesandlakes.com/bigcottonwoodcanyon.html for a description of the hikes available and how to reach them. Be sure... More 

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Salt Lake City
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great hiking, great skiing, thrilling scenery, a great place for exploration, one of the best things about living in Salt Lake -- so easy to get back into nature from the city.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

In this Canyon you have access to world class biking, hiking, skiing/boarding, mountain biking. Two Ski resorts, and restaurants..... great place for just about anything. From the mouth of the canyon we rode our bikes to the top. ~17 miles of up hill. great training ride to kick the season off. Not for beginners. Easy access from just about anywhere... More 

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Nebraska City, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My husband and I recently relocated to SLC from Nebraska. The mountains are breathtaking! We are still acclimating to the higher elevation it seems, but some of the hikes are still doable for us. Even just driving you'll get some great views, but the hiking is even more beautiful. Silver Lake is more of a walk for those who can't... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Be sure to plan time in the summer to eat on the patio of the Silver Fork Lodge. I prefer breakfast, but lunch and dinner are good, too. The setting is breath-taking and the food is very good. Service is good, too. Be sure to have some of their Salt Lake Roasting Company Special Blend Coffee. Delish!

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I love big and little cottonwood canyons. Lots to see, great easy drive, lot of hiking, fishing, walking, etc.

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Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The drive up the Big Cottonwood Canyon was spectacular! We did a lot of driving while in the Salt Lake City area and this was one of the most amazing drives we took in 7 days. Plan a couple of hours for the trip up and back down. We were hoping to see wildlife, no luck with that. Someone told... More 

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