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“Spectacular Rocky mountains at their best”

Big Cottonwood Canyon
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Owner description: Located in the Wasactch Mountains, this wilderness region offers a limitless range of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts.
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Take the time to stop at the Silver Lake visitors center and go for a hike. The views just don't stop.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

I think this was about nine miles round trip with a 2,800 ft elevation gain. There's a good amount of shade but it still was pretty hot, so I definitely recommend starting early and bringing lots of water. There's nothing challenging other than the really strenuous elevation gain. I was really sore for days! Make sure you don't go fast on your way down because the steepness murdered my legs.

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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Less than 30 minutes from downtown SLC, the drive up the canyon makes for a nice escape to nature. The drive itself is beautiful, with amazing rock formations the first few miles, followed by wildflowers, waterfalls, and green meadows. There are many places along the way to pull over for better views and to get some great photos. There are some amazing hiking trails and some nice spots to simply sit, relax, and take in nature. The drive takes you to Solitude Resort, then to Brighton Resort, about two miles further up the road, where the canyon ends. During the summer, I highly recommend taking the drive up Guardsman's Pass, which is an incredibly scenic drive that takes you up to the backside of Jupiter Bowl at Park City, then down into the Deer Valley Resort area. At the top of the pass, there's a small dirt parking lot, where you can park and spend some time taking in the amazing views. If you want to stand at the top of Jupiter Bowl and look back over Park City, there is a small dirt road that curves up the hill across the street. It's about a 1/4 mile uphill walk, but it's relatively easy and you'll be rewarded with some terrific views.

If you're short on time, the drive up and back through Big Cottonwood Canyon will take less than two hours round trip from downtown SLC, assuming no stops along the way. If you have several hours, it's well worth making the Guardsman's Pass drive, then exploring Deer Valley and Park City before returning to SLC via I-80.

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Big Cottonwood Canyon is an excellent place to spend a summer day, see fall leaves, ski during Utah's winter months or see spring wildflowers. The road is narrow in spots with a few tight bends, but it is well maintained and paved. I was in the canyon most recently to beat the heat with a short hike to Donut Falls on a hot summer day. The trail was crowded, as there were many people who had the same great idea, but it was still a lovely jaunt into wildflowers, meadows, and over a few rocks. There was plenty of wildlife to see despite the humans. The falls are pretty, but a little underwhelming, but in this case, it's about the journey as much as it is about the destination.

Thank Speechify
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

After visiting Park City for part of the day, we chose to drive Big cottonwood Canyon road back to the Salt Lake City Area. The switchbacks were fun and views were worth it.

Thank Mary K
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