Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest

Salt Lake Ranger District

Summer or winter, if you're looking for a beautiful place to get away from the city and play in Utah, the Wasatch-Cache National Forest is it.  Comprised of beautiful canyons, soaring peaks, pristine hidden lakes, rivers and streams, the views will take your breath away.  The Wasatch-Cache is also home to some of the world's premier ski areas.  Fishermen enjoy the trout-stocked rivers and streams.  Campers come here from across the country to hike, mountain bike, ride horses, boat, swim, ski, sled, and enjoy the natural beauty of these rugged mountains.

The Salt Lake Ranger District is divided into the following geographical areas:

Bountiful Peak

Cottonwood Canyons

Grantsville

 

Cottonwood Canyons  - NO PETS ALLOWED

Dogwood Day Use Area / Big Cottonwood Canyon

Dogwood Day Use Area is located 3 miles from Midvale at an elevation of 4800 feet.  Situated in a forest area along Cottonwood Creek, this facility has 6 sites.  Folks come here to rock climb and fish, but not to wade or swim, as it is part of the watershed.

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Ledgemere Day Use Area / Big Cottonwood Canyon

This picnic area is right along Big Cottonwood Creek.  This first-come-first-served area has flush restrooms and picnic tables but no drinking water.  This is a popular area for rock climbers.  No pets are allowed anywhere in the canyon; even if you do not let them out of your vehicle.  Big Cottonwood Canyon is a protected watershed for Salt Lake City.

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Birches Day Use Area/Big Cottonwood Canyon

This shady picnic area has several tables and a flush restroom on Big Cottonwood Creek.   No pets are allowed anywhere in the canyon; even if you do not let them out of your vehicle.  Big Cottonwood Canyon is a protected watershed for Salt Lake City.

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Storm Mountain Day Use Area / Big Cottonwood Canyon

Storm Mountain Day Use Area is located 6 miles from Brighton at an elevation of 5200 feet.  Set on the forested banks of Big Cottonwood Creek, this picnic area has 15 single sites and 3 group day use areas including an amphitheater. There are flush restrooms but no drinking water. Folks come here to fish, hike, rock climb and picnic.  There is no overnight camping in this area.  No pets are allowed anywhere in the canyon; even if you do not let them out of your vehicle.  Do not wade, play or wash dishes in the creek.  Big Cottonwood Canyon is a protected watershed for Salt Lake City.

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Jordan Pines Campground / Big Cottonwood Canyon

Salt Lake's area managers live and work at Jordan Pines Campground.  Located 12 miles from Park City at an elevation of 5000 feet, this campground has 5 group camp sites.  Set in a conifer and aspen forest, campers come here for church outings, family reunions, and company parties. 

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Spruces Campground / Big Cottonwood Canyon

Spruces Campground is located 10 miles east of Salt Lake City at an elevation of 7400 feet.  Set in a large open meadow near Silver Lake, this campground has 98 single sites, 9 group sites, a pavilion and picnic area.  Campers come here to fish, hike, bike, and generally enjoy the beauty, clean air and wildlife.  No pets are allowed anywhere in the canyon; even if you do not let them out of your vehicle.  Do not wade, play or wash dishes in the creek.  Big Cottonwood Canyon is a protected watershed for Salt Lake City. 

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Redman Campground / Big Cottonwood Canyon

Redman Campground is located between Solitude and Brighton ski resorts; at an elevation of 8300 feet.  Set in a mixed conifer and aspen forest on Big Cottonwood Creek, this campground has 40 sites and 5 small group sites on a graveled road.  Campers come here to fish, bike and hike the trail to Silver Lake, in Brighton, or over to Solitude for a Sunday concert and ice cream cone.  No pets are allowed anywhere in the canyon; even if you do not let them out of your vehicle.  Do not wade, play or wash dishes in the creek.  Big Cottonwood Canyon is a protected watershed for Salt Lake City.

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Albion Basin Campground / Little Cottonwood Canyon

Albion Basin Campground is one of the true gems of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.  Located 15 miles from Sandy at an elevation of 9500 feet, this campground has 26 sites, vault toilets and piped drinking water on a graveled road.  This small campground is very popular with hikers and is in the shadows of Alta Ski Resort.   Reservations are highly recommended.  Known for its spectacular wildflowers and views, this gorgeous campground brings nature lovers in from across the globe.  The campground has a small stream with good fishing.  Moose are prevalent in the area.  The trailhead to Cecret Lake is at the campground entrance. 

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Tanners Flat Campground / Little Cottonwood Canyon

Tanner's Flat Campground is located 10 miles from Sandy at an elevation of 7200 feet.  It provides 40 sites and 4 group sites near Little Cottonwood Creek.  Campers come here to hike, fish or just relax and enjoy the beautiful setting, fresh air and wildlife. 

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