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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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Beautiful and great hiking trails

We love this place! Lots of trails for various abilities. Parking can be a challenge at the... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2017
Salt Lake City, Utah
via mobile
Great drive, found a couple cool hikes

Highly recommend a trip to the canyon, the drive is very nice. Two recommended hikes. Donut Falls... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2017
Coralville, Iowa
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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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“silver lake” (116 reviews)
“park city” (90 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (54 reviews)
Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
+1 801-521-6040
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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

We love this place! Lots of trails for various abilities. Parking can be a challenge at the trailheads. At the top of the canyon, a walk around Silver Lake is easy, short and pleasant. You can take a trail into the mountains off the trail...More

2  Thank CLC48
Reviewed July 9, 2017

Highly recommend a trip to the canyon, the drive is very nice. Two recommended hikes. Donut Falls. Spectacular waterfall if you reach the top of it. It's a moderate hike. Kids can make it to the base. Adults can climb some rock to get to...More

2  Thank MattIowa
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

Hands down my favorite canyon to be in. I love hiking, snowboarding and riding my motorcycle up this canyon.

Thank Parissa A
Reviewed July 6, 2017

Big Cottonwood Canyon has many attractions for all kinds of people. Get in the outdoors, go for a drive, have a nice hike, look at the excellent scenery, go skiing in the winter....plenty to do!

2  Thank Cam P
Reviewed July 4, 2017

We enjoyed visiting and hiking in Big Cottonwood Canyon over Fourth of July weekend 2017. There was still snow on the mountain tops. We enjoyed our drive through very scenic Big Cottonwood Canyon.

2  Thank mini
Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

Amazing hike, about 4.5 miles up and 4.5 down. We were told 3 miles by a couple that looked like professional hikers. It's NOT! 2/2.5 hours to get up and 1.5 hours back. We're not avid hikers but I would highly recommend to come prepared....More

Thank tropicalvikingspete
Reviewed June 30, 2017

Not just a winter ski get away. The Spruces Campground is a cool pine tree oasis with crystal clear Big Cottonwood Creek flowing through. We also love attending the Brighton Branch for church on Sundays - the only LDS chapel I know of that has...More

Thank D S
Reviewed June 26, 2017 via mobile

Had some time to kill in the area when I came out for a job interview and this scenic byway blew me away! You could hike for weeks here and still not do the same one. Even without the hikes, you still get the beautiful...More

Thank Mitch M
Reviewed June 26, 2017

This is our 2nd time in SLC. Took the drive through the canyon up to Solitude Mountain. Stunning views, lots of narrow switchbacks though, so if you're not comfortable (or don't have a good, stable vehicle) don't attempt the off road part. One of the...More

2  Thank AllSpin
Reviewed June 23, 2017

I like to hike up the canyon. I could spend all summer and not go on the same hike twice, so that is cool.

Thank Kalisa J
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Barbara T
January 21, 2018|
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Response from Forest W |
I agree with the previous posters. We rented a car and drove ourselves. The worst thing about self drive is the driver needs to keep their eyes on the road lots of twists and turns. Drive yourself to a trail head park the... More
December 5, 2017|
Response from Vikietti | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don´t live there, I go skiing.
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Andrew H
August 19, 2017|
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Response from Michael J | Reviewed this property |
I'd say the hike is moderate. It has sections that are a pretty good climb, and is between 7.5 and 8 miles round trip, but it is a well travelled trail. It is also a little higher in elevation, but it is beautiful. In Big... More