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Big Cottonwood Canyon

Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
+1 801-521-6040
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Located in the Wasactch Mountains, this wilderness region offers a limitless range of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts.
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  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
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“silver lake” (106 reviews)
“park city” (78 reviews)
Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
+1 801-521-6040
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

In town for USA Fencing's National Championship, my visit to the canyon was enjoyable! Driving up to the canyon takes you ~8000' above the valley floor and the temperature drops 30 degrees. Our visit was during July so the temperature difference was wonderful! We saw...More

Thank Fencin
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a really scenic drive if you have some time in Salt Lake City. There are lots of hiking trails with parking area. It does get very busy on the weekends.

Thank Angela_Wollongong
Reviewed 1 week ago

With the temps hovering at about 100 in SLC, we drove up to Big Cottonwood Canyon where we were rewarded with a sunny day in the low 80's. We hiked to Blood Lake for a swim in the refreshing (but chilly) waters. For the adventerous,...More

Thank snorkelingfan46
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous drive/hike through the forest, with the rushing creek right beside us. Picnic areas, hiking trails for everyone from beginners to experts, rock climbing, all within a few minutes of Salt Lake City. My daughter and I visited with her daughters, ages 5 & 7,...More

Thank AZnanix4
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Salt Lake City or the surrounding area, do yourself a favor and go visit Big Cottonwood Canyon. Don't let the distance from the city intimidate you, it's just an Uber ride away. We were dropped off at Mill Trailhead D, which...More

1  Thank keekzilla
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is one of the most scenic roads in the world. Often closed in the winter. We drove over the mountain to and from Park City. Don't go with a camera.

Thank KeepPeddling
Reviewed 1 week ago

Multiple levels of hiking trails are available. Both family and experts can find something to stay busy doing. Fishing, Rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding... the list is long. Just remember that it has been discovered so start early to get any parking

Thank svjpac
Reviewed 1 week ago

Couldn't get enough of the beautiful scenery! Such a beautiful sight to behold - we went early in the morning and it wasn't crowded at all. I'd love to do it again!

1  Thank Hannahbears_mom
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are multiple trail entrances to the lake - loved walking around the lake here. Went in the summer so was lucky to have reached there by 11am when the sun was not as strong plus most of the trail has tall trees around it....More

Thank spellotape
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for a drive through Cottonwood Canyon early on a Saturday. There were a ton of runners and bikers coming down the mountain! That was great to see but just make sure to take it slow when driving as there are quite a few...More

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July 11, 2017|
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Response from Lance F | Reviewed this property |
Great Idea: My recommendation is to drive up to Silver Lake first. It is not only convenient, but also popular (was there last Sunday... lots of people)! If you go during a week day, it should be less crowded. To relax... More
Marlene S
May 6, 2017|
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Response from royalbluedolphingirl | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Many! Goggle hotels Cottenwood heights area.
Liam A
February 6, 2017|
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Response from porterfam4 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the others who have answered. It's really a matter of your interests. For me, I'd get a car and head up Big Cottonwood. Do a couple hikes, look for wildlife, enjoy the lodges and ski lifts. Utah mountains are... More