Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City

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#1 of 6 in Nature in Salt Lake City
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.
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  • The Big Cottonwood Canyon has a lot to offer for all ages. If you are someone who Loves snow the resorts are great. Someone like myself I love the summer time up the canyon and there are a ton of hiki...  more »
  • Have been here a few times now while in Salt Lake. It is just so beautiful. Whether in the winter or summer. Trails are fun and vary from easy to more difficult. Or just drive through the canyon. Love...  more »
  • This canyon is spectacular. There are so many different hikes of all levels! Brighton and solitude are both top resorts for skiing in the winter! Brighton is my personal favorite! In the spring and su...  more »

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Salt Lake City offers an array of diverse accommodations, from big downtown hotels to rustic bed and breakfasts. Vacation homes and condos in residential areas are ideal if you’re planning a longer stay, providing conveniences such as kitchens and laundry facilities. Those most interested in the area’s natural delights can book a lodge or cabin in the city outskirts, bordering the nearby wilderness. Campsites and RV parks are a budget-friendly option for nature lovers.
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