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Located in the Wasactch Mountains, this wilderness region offers a limitless range of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts.
Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
+1 801-521-6040
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Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed the drive through Little Cottonwood more but this was still nice. Walk around Silver lake at Brighton was very enjoyable even for non walkers

Thank confusedAussie
Reviewed 5 days ago

Awesome hiking. Some of the best hiking in the country. Easy to get to the trails; highly recommend!

Thank John P
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful hike with lots of beautiful views. Make sure you go to silver lake when up here- nice walk around the lake.

Thank Anna R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful place. Lots of places to pull over and get some fantastic pictures. I understand it is normally crowded but we got lucky - the canyon was closed part of the day for a race and that kept the crowds away today.

Thank bbtraveler9398
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a gorgeous road and canyon just outside of Salt Lake City. But, over the past 8 years, it's gotten increasingly overrun. On the weekend, if you're not there crazy early, forget about it. Trailhead parking is mobbed. Even parking on the shoulder gets...More

1  Thank HK_Leesie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know, I know. I shouldn't have gone on a holiday. But, I did. I paid the price...the crowd going up and coming down was overwhelming. The only real wildlife we saw was a couple of chipmunks, probably because it was so noisy. AVOID THE...More

Thank ThorvaldHansen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great drive and you could def spend an entire day just here. We chose to do the Lake Mary (4 mi round trip) hike. You can find details about it in Utah’s tourism website. Go to Brighton resort and the trail head is at...More

Thank AllyRCook
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove through the Canyon from Park City on our way to Salt Lake City. The road condition out of Park City was not the best, but once we got to the summit, it was just fine. We took our time, the road was quiet...More

1  Thank BMLNewZealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's not far from downtown. When people are at work during the weekdays. I find it nice that I can take someone I care about and head up in to the mountains in less the 25 minutes and be out of the city. There's hiking,...More

Thank Dustin H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I managed to escape the insanity of the city one afternoon and drove up to Big Cottonwood Canyon. It is a huge area and, depending on your desires can results in a leisurely stroll around Silver Lake, of present a more strenuous activity. Even if...More

1  Thank Tracy T
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katie b
August 3, 2018|
Response from jburns593 | Reviewed this property |
You can drive from Park City over Guardsman Pass right down into the canyon.
DomandRuth D
June 11, 2018|
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Response from Shane S | Reviewed this property |
Not unless it’s a licensed service dog. No dogs in either Cottonwood canyons because they are watersheds for a large part of the valley.
March 22, 2018|
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Response from judithw886 | Reviewed this property |
Carole, I just read some of your other questions and the fact you will be traveling in September. Another suggestion is to visit "Little Cottonwood Canyon" instead of BIG. Both canyons have same scenery and next to each... More