Hometown of Brighton Ski Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort, Big CottonwoodCanyon is carved by the wandering Big Cottonwood Creek, which begins near Brighton and flows all the way down the canyon, through the Holladay/Murray and Cottonwood Heights neighborhoods, and empties in the Jordan River.
Big Cottonwood Canyon is an amazing place for all seasons. Winter is great for skiing at a resort (Brighton or Solitude) or backcountry. In the spring and summer great beautiful hiking to lakes or peaks. Good opportunities to see Utah wildlife (deer and moose).
Located 10 miles from downtown SLC it is easy for a quick afternoon drive or hike. The hikes range from easy to difficult so you can find something at your ability level. You will not regret getting up into this canyon. Will definitely be back through the summer and fall to hike Lake Catherine, Mary and Martha as they are a great couple of hour hike.
Whether you're staying at Brighton or Solitude, in Little Cottonwood Canyon, or somewhere in the city, be sure to spend some time exploring this spectacular, winding canyon and treating yourself to everything its two resorts have to offer.
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