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. By using our Salt Lake City itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Big Cottonwood Canyon and other attractions in Salt Lake City.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Lots of hiking trails for all skill levels and endless sights. It will take longer then you think to go all the way in and out of the Canyon, but well worth your time.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Great area, with obvious elevation for a scenic drive. Best to pull off at one of the available trailheads and take a hike into the mountainside trails. All have restrooms and designated parking areas...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Since we grew up in Salt Lake, we were anxious to show our grandson the beautiful canyons around Salt Lake City. We we've turned away by signs stating no dogs in campsites. We had our golden retriever...  more »

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