Escape Salt Lake City: Top Cottonwood Canyons Hikes

Explore the Cottonwood Canyons area for stunning scenery and impressive rock formations.

Hiking Moderate, Difficult, Severe, Extreme

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Upper Red Pine Lake, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
Upper Red Pine Lake, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah Photo: Andrey Zharkikh

Description

If you venture just 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, you’ll come across the Cottonwood Canyons. The Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons offer a quieter respite from summer’s typically overflowing campsites and overpriced hotels.

Located in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, the area around the canyons offers all types of hikes – from gentle stream crossings to moderate hikes through aspen groves to scenic hikes with 2,700 feet of elevation gain.

Author: Emily Lennon

Sources: https://www.utahoutdooractivities.com/bighikingtrails.html https://www.hikingproject.com/directory/8015884/big-cottonwood-canyon https://www.sunset.com/travel/rockies/salt-lake-city-utah-cottonwood-canyons/

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