Big Cottonwood Canyon
About Big Cottonwood Canyon
The Tour of Utah is excited to be back in Salt Lake County for Stage 3, featuring an Individual Time Trial in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Big Cottonwood Canyon is worlds apart from the bustle of the city and high desert that surrounds it. Its natural abundance includes hiking trails, wetlands, clear water streams, cool forests of fir and pine, meadows of wildflowers, and of course its famous slopes covered each winter in powder perfect snow. Early pioneers left an imprint in the canyon with road building, logging, mining and recreation. The canyon road began as a packhorse trail along the creek, and expanded as logging and silver mining grew.
Today, the canyon is a hugely popular recreation destination year round. In winter, the high mountain basins are filled with The Greatest Snow on Earth. The Cottonwood Canyons are sometimes called the birthplace of the U.S. ski industry. In summer, the mountains offer a respite from the heat and a destination for world-class climbing, hiking and wildflowers. This long tradition of recreation has connected many generations of people to the natural world. Also, Salt Lake City depends on the canyon to supply almost twenty percent of its culinary water, winning the Best Water in Utah award several times. Solitude and Brighton ski resorts call the canyon home, as does the Silver Lake Visitor Center, which is part of the Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest.