You have 1 trip in progress. See all
Trip Planner: USA / Utah / Salt Lake City / Big Cottonwood Canyon
Stretching back into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Big Cottonwood Canyon offers a wide array of opportunities for enjoying wild countryside and the great outdoors. Make your way to the 24 km (15 mi) long canyon and hike along the area's network of trails and paths crisscrossing the rugged terrain, leading you to lakes, forested slopes, and many types of rock formations. Alternatively, hop on a bike to explore the area more quickly, or strap on your climbing gear to take advantage of the many popular local rock-climbing runs. Keep in mind that some of these hikes and activities can be quite difficult, so ensure that you're prepared for the trek and equipped with comfortable outdoor shoes. Our Salt Lake City day trip planner makes visiting Big Cottonwood Canyon and other Salt Lake City attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Big Cottonwood Canyon reviews
Hubby and I hiked here just recently in winter with several feet of snow as well as this past summer. Loved both times of the year! Many hikes ranging from easy to difficult but all are beautiful...
Hubby and I hiked here just recently in winter with several feet of snow as well as this past summer. Loved both times of the year! Many hikes ranging from easy to difficult but all are beautiful... more »
The drive was absolutely gorgeous! The views , the color all outstanding. A great way to spend a beautiful fall day.
The drive was absolutely gorgeous! The views , the color all outstanding. A great way to spend a beautiful fall day. more »
Can never go wrong when you head into the Big Cottonwood Canyon. Great trails that take you to hidden lakes, powerful waterfalls, and civilization is quieted by the sounds of nature.
Can never go wrong when you head into the Big Cottonwood Canyon. Great trails that take you to hidden lakes, powerful waterfalls, and civilization is quieted by the sounds of nature. more »
The whole canyon is magnificent. The trail, Temple Quarry is a lot of fun, but watch for high-speed mtn bikers.
Beautiful scenery. Definitely worth the drive up and down the canyon. (chew gum for the ear pops!) Stop along the way up for a few great photo ops! Fantastic work trip and first time in Utah!
We've lived here near the "Canyons" for over three decades and still never tire of the drive, especially in the fall. Of course there is nothing quite like getting out for a hike and immersing yourself in the fall colors; but if you only have a quick hour or so, or have company visiting and you can only do a quick drive, then take a drive up Little Cottonwood (Big Cottonwood is the next canyon north, with the resorts of Solitide & Brighton). At the top are the resorts of Snowbird and Alta; and along the way there are many pullouts and entrances to hiking trails (Red Pine Lake is one of our favorites). During the busy fall months the drive can get backed up a bit, as can the parking, so Alta will often run shuttles from their resort entrance for visitors driving up to see the colors; those of you wishing to drive your own car there (or venture further up for some spectacular hiking) you'll have to pay a $10 access fee which helps keep the parking somewhat open at the trailheads near the higher elevations. Quite a number of eateries around the resorts, even in summer; and often events such as beer festivals or Octoberfest celebrations go on during the fall weekends. I've purposely left out the winter/skiing scene because that has been covered to no end (and yes, the drive gets even more crowded in winter, especially on the weekends; as we tell all of our ski visitors, try to ski during the week...and catch the ski bus instead of driving).
Love this place! I’ve only been there twice now for family pictures. Once in winter and then just last weekend for summer pictures. Love how beautiful the scenery is. Both times there were maybe 3-4 photography shoots going on but there were also people fishing, hiking and taking walks.
I LOVE the hiking, snowshoeing and crampon opportunities offered up Big Cottonwood Canyon—- can’t go wrong on ANY of the trail options! Dog Lake, Desolation, Brighton, Donut Falls, Mill B, Lake Blanche and MORE! Several connect up and over- good all year long!
Plan your trip to Salt Lake City
Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Salt Lake CitySee all ›
Side trips from Salt Lake City
Historic Sites in Salt Lake CitySee all ›
Hidden gems in Salt Lake City
Museums in Salt Lake CitySee all ›
Trips in Big Cottonwood Canyon by other users
31 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY Denver Colorado Springs Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park 53 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY New York City Washington DC Myrtle Beach 6 days in Salt Lake City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES ATV & Off-Road Tours Rocky Mountain Outfitters AQUA x ZONE 21 days in Salt Lake City BY A USER FROM FRANCE Washington Square Salt Lake Temple Temple Square 22 days in Salt Lake City BY A USER FROM GERMANY Tracy Aviary Assembly Hall Temple Square 2 days in Salt Lake City BY A USER FROM GERMANY The Tabernacle Utah State Capitol Art at the Main Gallery 8 days in Salt Lake City BY A USER FROM ITALY Salt Lake Temple Temple Square Assembly Hall 2 days in Salt Lake City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Kindig It Design Inc. Big Cottonwood Canyon Salt Lake Temple 13 days in Moab & Salt Lake City BY A USER FROM GERMANY Moab Salt Lake City 41 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Wilmington Orlando New Orleans 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Rapid City Yellowstone National Park Salt Lake City 10 days in Utah BY A USER FROM INDIA Moab Salt Lake City
Are you the owner of this business?Click here for promotion tips.