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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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I've lived in Utah for years and had never gone up Big Cottonwood Canyon. There are so many amazing hikes with gorgeous views. I've been back three times so far this summer. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've lived in Utah for years and had never gone up Big Cottonwood Canyon. There are so many amazing hikes with gorgeous views. I've been back three times so far this summer. The only issue I had was all the other people enjoying the canyon. Parking is crazy. Definitely a must see!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This canyon is gorgeous. There are hikes all the way up, lakes and trails. We ski it in the winter and we hike it in the summer. We love it!!!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While it has gotten a bit crowded over the last couple years it's still a favorite place to go for early morning, easy to moderate hikes and then breakfast on the back deck at Silver Fork Lodge. Mid-July is best if you want wildflowers, early October for fall colors and January-March if you enjoy snowshoeing.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Big Cottonwood canyon has Brighton and Solitude resorts along with side canyon trails. Skill levels for all ages and experience. Adventure for drivers and hikers. Take the drive over the top to Park City or Midway/Heber City. Pines, aspens, cottonwood and oak. Smells to delight the senses. Majestic granite peaks and shear walls give way to 100 mile vistas. Cold... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When it gets hot in the Salt Lake valley (which it often does in summer), Big Cottonwood Canyon is a lovely place for a drive and/or a picnic to beat the heat. Be wary of holidays, because everybody goes there, and it can get crowded. Reserve your picnic space weeks or months in advance.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The drive up the canyon is a beautiful drive no matter what time you visit, and there's something to do for just about everyone. Plenty of trails to hike, there are several spots that get a lot of rock climbers, you can find great eats at the Silver Fork lodge and cafe, and of course there's the ski resorts of... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very nice day trip if you are staying in Salt Lake City summer or winter the climb up is steep and be sure to use a low gear on your way down so you don't overheat your brakes. When your done with Big Cottonwood canyon head up Little Cottonwood Canyon it's just a short drive away and... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Big Cottonwood Canyon is a short distance from downtown Salt Lake City. The hikes are incredible in the summer and range from beginner to expert. For those interested in fishing, rock climbing, camping, and more — it's all available. A great place to start your adventures would be Donut Falls, an easier hike that is great for the family.

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

So close to Salt Lake City and worth a quick drive, but be prepared to have a tough time finding a parking spot during the busiest times of the year. Lots of wonderful hikes to choose from, wildlife aplenty and even some great places to eat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We hiked the Lake Blanche trail - 2.8 miles one way - and were impressed with the alpine scenery and plentiful wildflowers. The hike is moderately uphill and rocky, so be prepared with plenty of water and grit. With so many hikes in the area, we pulled into the large parking lot and just headed up. Much cooler than SLC... More 

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