Big Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Byway

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

14.6 miles
3,950 feet
Point to Point

kid friendly


nature trips

scenic driving


wild flowers


no dogs

3 months ago

Beautiful views!! Kids had a blast.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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

scenic driving
Saturday, April 22, 2017

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.

rock climbing
Saturday, March 04, 2017

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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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

Monday, May 30, 2016

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

Monday, March 09, 2015

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.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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.

scenic driving
Sunday, August 10, 2014

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!

scenic driving
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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

scenic driving
Saturday, November 09, 2013

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.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

This marker is way off.

scenic driving
Monday, December 06, 2010

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

scenic driving
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Sunday, October 26, 2014