NileGuide Expert Says:
One of Salt Lake City's best, all-seasons playgrounds.
Big Cottonwood Canyon, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121, USA
NileGuide Expert tip:
Big Cottonwood Canyon is a watershed; no dogs allowed!
Big Cottonwood Canyon runs parallel to, and just north of, Little Cottonwood Canyon
. This steep, tall, and craggy canyon stretches 14 miles eastward from the Salt Lake Valley, rising with an average grade of nearly 8%, and climbing almost 4,600 feet on its way. Were it not for winter road closures, you would be able to drive from Solitude
, up and over the mountains, and arrive at Deer Valley and Park City after just a few miles.
Big Cottonwood is a major recreation area in any season. Its two ski resorts and infinite backcountry terrain make it popular in winter; its orange, quartz cliffs attract sport and trad climbers during the late spring and early autumn.