Big Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Drive


Big Cottonwood Canyon is a quick 25 minutes away from Salt Lake International Airport (22 miles), and is home to two world-class ski resorts (Solitude & Brighton), legendary rock climbing routes, epic backcountry skiing access, hiking and mountain biking trails, and picnic areas straight out of an outdoor magazine. So come take a drive through this ancient canyon created by both glacier and stream erosion. Pack a picnic and maybe your hiking boots to stretch your legs.

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Getting There

From the I-215 belt route, head east from the 6200 South exit (Exit 6), and follow the signs to Brighton & Solitude ski areas. You'll turn off of Wasatch Blvd, and from there you'll have 14.2 miles of driving until you reach Brighton Ski Resort. Drive straight through to the top of the canyon, or stop along the way for some of these pretty sites:


Picnic Areas

Ledgemere Picnic Area
Birches Picnic Area
Storm Mountain Picnic Area (bring your rock climbing gear!)
Mill B South Picnic Area


Popular Hiking Trails

Mill B South Fork - Lake Blanche
Mineral Fork
Donut Falls
Dog Lake
Desolation Lake
Silver Lake
Lakes Mary, Catherine & Martha


Rock Climbing Areas

Dogwood
Storm Mountain


Mountain Biking

Wasatch Crest Trail

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