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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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Nature at her best

..can be enjoyed whether driving, hiking, fishing and/or for family gatherings. Nature provides the scenes with sound, smell and her beauty.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

..can be enjoyed whether driving, hiking, fishing and/or for family gatherings. Nature provides the scenes with sound, smell and her beauty.

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orange county, california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

You can get up out the valley and into the cooler air quickly with this scenic drive up into the canyon. Nice road and I saw deer!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We love Big Cottonwood Canyon. There are several hikes and rock climbs for most levels, some small towns with amenities including lodging and restaurants and our favorite, Silver Lake at the top of the Canyon. It's a beautiful day drive or a great place to stay a few days.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great hiking,mountain biking spot. Go in late june when the flowers are all blooming. We walked off trail and found an old stage coach road and a spring meadow. I wish I had studied geology so I knew more about the mountain uplifts. They are truly amazing. Hike to a lake too;..WOW

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a gorgeous canyon to drive, and there are a lot of fantastic hikes throughout. I have kids who don't like to do big hiking, so we do the smaller ones. A favorite is a quarter mile walk to Hidden Falls at the "S" curve, and Silver Lake up at the top of the canyon. Twin Lakes and Lake... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Big Cottonwood Canyon was named after the size of trees at the canyon mouth. Brighton and Solitude ski areas are differently local huge and family friendly. Solitude offer haut cuisine and burgers. Brighton offers skier fare at the base. Molly's offers real meals. There is a small store. Silver Fork has good food breakfast, lunch dinner and beer with a... More 

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Holladay, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Striking scenery. Great hikes including to Cecret Lake and to the ridge between the neighboring canyons. Hikes are relatively short and easy. Beautiful wildflowers in Late July and early August.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you are in the area, take time out of your day to drive through this canyon and pull over to take a hike on one of the many trails. It is absolutely stunning!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Loved the rock formations, scenery - must be gorgeous when the mountains are covered in snow. Ski resorts look fantastic. Had lunch by the lake at the end of the Canyon - really nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I absolutely loved the drive through the hills, it was breathtaking and the photos absolutely cannot do justice to the panoramic views! The only annoying thing were the drivers that were tailing so dangerously close, because they didn't think a speed limit applied to them apparently. The roads are winding so it's difficult to see around the corners, definitely watch... More 

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Address: Address: Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Salt Lake City

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