Big Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Byway is a 14.6 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

Length14.6 miElevation gain3,950 ftRoute typePoint to point
Road bikingScenic drivingPavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org This is one of the SLC area's best cycling routes. For an additional challenge, continue up to Guardsman Pass before reaching Brighton!

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Ryan Ryan Hayes
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Hiking

it was way fun little cold ran up as much as possible and rode down a few times!

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Duncan Lam
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Tess W.
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Scenic driving

Great drive and beautiful scenery! Many spots to pull off and hike/picnic.

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Morgan Sandberg
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Scenic drivingGreat!

This is a fun canyon to drive through there’s a couple of stop by’s for sone pictures plus a nice view of the mountains and a little bit of heber valley Utah definitely the best alternative way to get to heber city Utah so I definitely recommend this road it’s super fun and beautiful to drive through

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HikingGreat!

Easy hiking

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Hugo Hernandez
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Fiona Reardon
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Scenic driving

Beautiful drive.

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Joe Theerawit
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Scenic driving

Beautiful views throughout the entire way!!!

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Bélla Fanucchi
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Hiking

Great beautiful trees all around and full of wild flowers and small animals alone the way.

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Breck Tuttle
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Scenic driving

Very scenic drive with lots possibilities. There is a lake at the top that is a very short walk from a parking lot and 2 ski resorts. Then are also many trails to hike if you want more that just a scenic drive

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D Heaberlin
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Hiking

Beautiful! It was snowing lightly when we got there but the view was breathtaking! We only went a couple miles and headed back due to the pavement ending, and the ground was super wet. If you’re a photographer, this place is a goldmine.

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Jazmin Macias Padilla
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Hiking

So beautiful and peaceful! I'm planning to take this little trip again.

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Chelsea Winegarden
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Beautiful views!! Kids had a blast.

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Eric Gonzalez
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great drive up the canyon. Mountains had plenty of snow.

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Pat Ribotto
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Scenic driving

Beautiful drive whether it's summer or winter. Great ski resorts at the end of the road. I've skied both. The Wasatch range is awesome. These mountains are a magnet for snow in the winter, and typically have a huge snow-pack that lasts into July or longer. Worth your time driving up this canyon if you're ever here.

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Sheryce Rice
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Rock climbing

We have visited countless times and each time we find something new, someplace we didn't see before. My young kids (2, 4, and 6) absolutely love it! There are easy, kid friendly trails and depending on how adventurous/brave you are, some moderate trails that lead up to an awesome rock climb.

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McCall Cohen
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Walking

tried to find it.... i couldn't and the trail i went on that was pet friendly was by a busy road and ugly view.

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Adon Olam
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i went to donut falls and it's an awesome place to go with your family.

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Samantha Baker
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Wanted to take my pup, and they don't allow dogs. Not animal friendly

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Lauren Andalora
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Hiking

Went with friends last weekend in the morning. We hiked off trail and it was intense. Very woodsy and wet in spots. Beautiful view for sure. Would like to do it again and see how the trail goes.

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Steve Oswald
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Scenic driving

Beautiful canyon and impressive views. Lots of trails are in this area, which is a HUGE plus. Parking can sometimes be an issue, so don't be surprised when there are lots of vehicles everywhere in this canyon.

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Nicole Sweeney
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Scenic driving

We love this drive! Doughnut Falls hike is in this drive up the canyon and it was so worth it! We also went to the top for Rockhounding and that was very peaceful! Free to drive into canyon!

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Corbin Stokes
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Scenic driving

Nice drive up a pretty canyon. Lots of hiking trails in the canyon, and 2 ski resorts (Solitude and Brighton).

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Breck Tuttle
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Scenic driving

Very scenic drive with lots possibilities. There is a lake at the top that is a very short walk from a parking lot and 2 ski resorts. Then are also many trails to hike if you want more that just a scenic drive.

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Matthew McKenna
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Scenic driving

This marker is way off.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Scenic driving
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Nice drive through the pass. Scenic, ordinary for the area; but still worth it. Close in to Salt Lake.

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Emma Hanson
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Stephanie Wilson
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Dakota Bradford
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Annaliese Mits
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