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Little Cottonwood Canyon

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Scenic area located in Utah's Wasatch Mountains where visitors enjoy...

Scenic area located in Utah's Wasatch Mountains where visitors enjoy year-round activities such as skiing, hiking, rock climbing and camping.

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Wonderful Snowy Drive

Drove up this canyon 3 days before Christmas and enjoyed seeing all the snow and beautiful scenery. Stopped at Alta Ski area just to enjoy the view. Enjoyed watching the people... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2017
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Bridge City, Texas

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Bridge City, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Drove up this canyon 3 days before Christmas and enjoyed seeing all the snow and beautiful scenery. Stopped at Alta Ski area just to enjoy the view. Enjoyed watching the people ski. You should take time to drive up this canyon. It is worth your time, it takes about 30 min. to reach the Alta area once in the canyon.

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Newport Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Little Cottonwood Canyon is short drive and it dead end about 8 miles from starting to finish. It is a beautiful drive but if you want a good choice of hiking I think Big Cottonwood Canyon is better. Little Cottonwood Canyon is the way to Snowbird where you can take the tram. Both Canyon is easy access and the drive... More 

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East Windsor, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Drove this canyon with mu husband countless number of times and each time it's been a unique, out of the world experience! Ski resorts in winter and alpine lakes and hike in summer, what could get better than this! Especially when the drive to the canyon from downtown SLC is not more than 25-30 mins. Never lived in a city... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

A steep canyon on the SE edge of the city, take the 215 beltline to the 6200. Becomes wasatch avenue. pass entrance to big cottonwood canyon, head up canyon towards alta. A couple nice campgrounds up there- and a huge ski resort complex. In Alta, free info is handed out for area hikes. We drove past the resorts, up the... More 

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Morristown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We had toured Big Cottonwood and decided to drive up Little Cottonwood. The views are beautiful and it was a treat to see the ski resorts and homes and the top of the mountain. If you only have time for one I recommend Big Cottonwood. Both are just glorious in June.

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Bridge City, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

This is a wonderful drive any time but this past May there were lots of waterfalls because of snow melt. Enjoyed sitting in our car at the end watching some people sled and some marmots running on the snow. Alta ski resort was closed, but the views are still wonderful.

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Monroe, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

We drove through both Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyon today. Little Cottonwood Canyon is a beautiful ride and the geology is so much different that Big Cottonwood. Not as many trail heads but equally as beautiful. When we drove back down the canyon road the few through the opening of the canyon was breathtaking.

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Atlanta Ga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Little Cottonwood Canyon is the home to ski resorts Alta and Snowbird. The views are fabulous and this is a wonderful place for extreme out-doorish people. Many people hike up to the top of the peaks and ski/board down outside of the resorts. Hiking is another activity that is widely done in the canyon also. There are several condo's and... More 

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Draper, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

This canyon is only minutes away from the south end of the Salt Lake valley. There are many hiking trails of varying difficulties, 2 ski resorts ( Snowbird & Alta), camping and picnic areas, a creek and the town of Alta at the top of the canyon. If you have a 4 x4, you can keep going at the top... More 

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Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

A short drive from most homes in Salt Lake City, Little Cottonwood is a year-round outdoor playground. World class skiing is a given. However, when the snow melts those same slopes and peaks offer top notch mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, etc. It's also at least ten degrees cooler than the valley in the summertime and offers clean air during the... More 

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