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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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Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I read about hiking/walking trails but there was no apparent welcome station or anything else that would guide you to the various walks. We also saw signs that indicated dogs were not welcome. Get some proper water treatment and get over it Salt Lake. All animals poop in the wild and while we bag ours, most of the wildlife doesn't.

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Leeds,
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We had a fabulous day with our two boys here. Very beautiful areas with quite a lot of wildlife to see. We were so disappointed however that when we arrived at silver lake we just missed out on the moose which had been sunbathing for more than an hour. Some people told us that it went into the bushes just... More

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Panama City, Florida
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740 reviews 740 reviews
243 attraction reviews
286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I used Big Cottonwood Canyon road to access the Silver Lake hiking area up by Brighton Ski Resort. There is plenty of parking near the Silver Lake visitor center and you can use that trail to access Twin Lakes and Lake Solitude hikes as well. Silver Lake visitor center has restrooms, trashcans and water. Great half day adventure from Salt... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We just had a couple hours to kill so we drove up to the Solitude Ski area, it was a very scenic drive, and a lot of cyclists were making the climb on a good shoulder. We would like to go back for a hike sometime

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Lehi, Utah
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The canyon is beautiful, pleasant temperature of 70F during August. There a lot of picnic areas, creeks and green areas for nature's lovers. Early in the morning is less crowded than afternoons. Several hiking trails, one better than the other...a must see canyon!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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118 reviews 118 reviews
68 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Are you coming skiing, summer sporting, picnicking, hiking, snowshoeing, concert going. . . A bit meaningless to write a general review, but Big Cottonwood pretty much gets 5 stars on all the above. I haven't done a lot of the trails yet, but Lake Blanche was outstanding.

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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Very close to the city and an essay trip if you are visiting. The drive itself is about 30 minutes and is a very beautiful, canyon and mountain drive with lots of places to pull over, view, hike, picnic, etc. (I visited in August but it is a four season wonder). We drove about 12 miles in to the lake... More

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Natchitoches
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Mill D North a Fork Trail is a must see and do. Easy walk around Silver Lake, beautiful setting, and great opportunity to see wildlife.

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West Jordan, Utah
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We try and go up this canyon once a week. There are many trails, rivers, lakes, and wildlife to see and enjoy.

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Berkeley, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lots of traffic on this highway can be challenging, and frustrating. But go early, and plan a hike or at least a walk around Silver Lake up near Brighton.

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