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Big Cottonwood Canyon

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Address: Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
Phone Number: 8015216040
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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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The Mountains are Calling..

Big Cottonwood is calling and you must go... We drove the canyon coming back from Park City to Salt Lake and they are beautiful and called my name all day asking me to come climb... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Big Cottonwood is calling and you must go... We drove the canyon coming back from Park City to Salt Lake and they are beautiful and called my name all day asking me to come climb them. However we did not have the time for a big hike so I will go back to Denver and hike the Rockies but will... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We like to take scenic drives all across the United States so we didn't want to miss this scenic byway. It is not too long, maybe 15 miles, and was very nice. It had a great horseshoe curve.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love to visit this canyon for hiking, and when friends are in town and new to the mountains, we often take them up here. The drive is beautiful any time of the year. And at Brighton, there are nice walking/hiking trails around the lake that can take the more adventurous visitors off the beaten path a bit. Hike the... More 

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Thank aprabbit7
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Start at the top of Guardsmans Pass and you are already near the top of the ridgeline between Park City, Heber, and Brighton. Head north on the Wasatch Crest Trail for endless vistas.

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Thank Dave T
Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Trails are lovely. Other hikers take pride in keeping them liter free and less traveled off trail. The wildlife and scenery is amazing. Must visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I love Big Cottonwood Canyon. There's so much to see. Very comfortable place to visit. Lots of hikes and camping areas. Easily accessible from I – 215. Love visiting Porcupine Pub at the mouth of the canyon when we go.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The mountains can be beautiful, at the right time of year. June is too early, things are dead and snow still melting. July-Sept is pretty. The drive is fairly scenic and enjoyable. Some nice hikes. But I'm surprised this is the #2 in TripAdvisors Things to Do in Salt Lake City. That's just not right at all. What a screwy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spend a lot of time in this canyon since it is 15 minutes from our home. Almost every weekend we are there. We especially like the Brighton area, where they have several places for hiking, biking, fishing and just a great place for food and fun.Last weekend we came within 10 ' of two bull moose ahead of us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Big Cottonwood is widely varied. It changes radically as you drive it. Geology, flora, fauna, rock formations, and views. Take your time and pull out for a view or short walk. Or hike on the exquisite trails. There are as many as 15 places to stop. When you reach the top there are a number of great restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautifull alpine drive through the ski area of the winter olympics 2002. Ends in Park City. There you can visit the Tanger outlet centre for some shopping.

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