Butterfield Canyon and Middle Canyon Road

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Herriman, Utah

Butterfield Canyon and Middle Canyon Road is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Herriman, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and off road driving and is best used from May until October.

Length13.2 miElevation gain2,267 ftRoute typePoint to point
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Please note this trail is CLOSED to Traffic in Winter. The map shown on this page is for a mostly paved road through both Butterfield and Middle Canyons. There are dirt roads for off-roading/4x4 off of this main road. This road is one of the few routes into the Oquirrh Mountains, and is a nice autumn drive. The side trip up to the Kennecott Overlook is highly recommended. Go north on the side road for 10 miles. From the overlook, you can see most of the Utah Valley, including the reclaimed Kennecott Mine tailings, the Great Salt Lake, the Wasatch Front, Utah Lake, and the Stansbury Mountains.

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Supervisors Office Wasatch Cache National Forest 8236 Federal Building/ 125 South State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84121 Phone: 801-524-5030

From Tooele, go east on Vine Street, up Middle Canyon, over Butterfield Pass.

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Darren Lofthouse
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Adam Netherton
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Scenic drivingFee

This is a great trail for a drive. I did see cars on the trail, but I would not recommend it. some of the road is not paved and it gets rough. The east side road is narrow most of the way and you will be driving up on some rock areas when passing. The fall colors were great on the west side of the just as you enter from the Tooele side. There are a lot of pull offs to take pictures. There were a lot of people doing family pictures this weekend. We only did the drive but look forward to doing some hikes in the future. The drive from the Tooele up to the mine overlook and back to SLC took may be 2 hours with stops. Tip: start on the SLC side there is no toll. The Tooele side has a toll ($3)

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Samuel Banks
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No trail that we found. We hiked along the road.. it is a beautiful canyon

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David Fikac
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!
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James Langford
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OHV/Off-road driving

bumpy dirt road, seen alot of cars making it fine.

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Jeremy Despain
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Lauren McClure
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Scenic driving

Went up this weekend and the road and the copper pit overlook are all open. The road is dry and in good condition. There was a decent amount of traffic, so my only advice is to be willing to move over and squeeze past other vehicles on the narrower sections of road.

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Alex Davies
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Awesome drive and great off roading if you want to warm up your rig for the season. Anything with decent clearance and a 4L drive can do just about any side trails up there but the main road is good for any sedan.

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Robert Hampton
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just came up here and it's opened.

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Chuck Sun
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Road is currently closed to vehicles (east side entrance). Sign says closed until June 1. Lots of people hiked up the road today.

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Katie Schmoldt
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Cold

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Nancy Simmons
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This is a mainly a scenic drive. It opens to vehicles May 1. You can park at the bottom and hiked to Butterfield from Herriman. There is no fee once it opens. There is only a fee on the Middle Canyon side (Tooele) . I've driven up Butterfield all the way over the pass to middle canyon and down into the Tooele valley. you don't need to pay the fee to get out. You only need to pay the fee if you are entering from the Tooele side. Most of the road is paved. The dirt road is at the top and it's very very narrow and there's drop offs so be very careful. I've noticed they have been maintenancing that area a lot lately. You can hike up Butterfield right now and walk along the road. I've seen people jog and bicycle. There are trails on private property but in my experience you can access them and Rio Tinto doesn't really regulate them. It will be amazing if they could ever develop Butterfield for better recreation. The geography of the canyon differs from others you may be used to outside the valley. It's very quiet and peaceful. I would recommend you keep your animal leashed and your small children close as there is a large couger population in that area. I personally really like it up there. As you get to the top it's beautiful and scenic. There is only snow at the top right now. This is a good road right now for walking and riding a bike. There's a stream and some Cretaceous rock formations. There is a trail but you need to access it from the bottom of Butterfield and it's across the stream on the south. You can access the view point of the Ingham Canyon mine but you can no longer drive to it you must hike to it on the road. There's lots of first road deterioration on the middle canyon side and I lots of cows. You can camp on the Middle Canyon side. I heard that there is a downhill bike trail somewhere near the top where you park at the turn off to the mine. I like it because it's uncharted territory.

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Todd Barrow
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Scenic driving

Beautiful, easy fall time drive. Paved most of the way. Any stock vehicle with a little clearance can make it. Go from SLC to Tooele to avoid paying a toll.

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Trish Naso Rippon
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Based on the reviews we used this as a Fall drive to see the foliage. Absolutely beautiful.

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Aaron Bills
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Not a trail but a road that leads to top of mountain Starts off easy paved road slowly get worse till your on a one lane dirt/rocky road winding thru the mountain If you got a good AWD car you should make it easy on a nice day but if your in a honda civic type car i would walk the last way to the top

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L E
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It is asphalt the whole way. It’s a beautiful and scenic route, but it is definitely not a trail.

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Jared Anderson
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OHV/Off-road driving

Not really an of road trail as most of the way is paved and the dirt road to the overlook, when open, is not particularly challenging. Nice for a quick getaway with decent views.

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Dulce Laird
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Scenic driving

very beautiful. but gets to be very narrow.

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Korey Chapman
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OHV/Off-road driving

I can see why this trail is rated lower than average. I was expecting an off road adventure and was treated with a crappy asphalt road. Not much in terms of scenery either. The road up to the Bingham Mine overlook was gated off, so that sucked too. On the west side of the 'peak' there are some areas for camping that could be cool if you enjoy camping along a paved road. Would be a fun adventure if you drive a Kia, I guess.

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Joey Dziemianzuk
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OHV/Off-road driving

great drive up and over the mountain today

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Paul Weagle
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Lenn Bell
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Road biking

Snow around 5 miles up. Went because I read this is a ride that you can do I. Winter....... I just did multiple laps

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Issac Bray
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Closed to Traffic in Winter

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Wolff User
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Its beautiful and there are great places to hike and hangout, but you can't camp on the butterfield side. The trails near the Coppermine view turnoff are clean and varied. You get to choose a flat hike or a steeper climb, sometimes at forkes in the trails.

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Bronco Jones
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Closed until fire in Tooele is out! Today is July 27th, 2018.

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Rachel Ramirez
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Road was closed, hiked on the side path to "the spot" Nice, easy walk.

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Murray Triplett
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Road is closed Nov 1st through June 1st so hiking in April left something to be desired. Check out our Vlog review: https://youtu.be/5KoXzcrs4C0

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Greg Kesler
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a marvelous hike when the fall foilage takes shape. look into two counties while strolling through thousands of beautiful yellow aspens. make sure your camera is fully charged.

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Chris Ivester
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beautiful scenery

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