Living in Salt Lake affords its’ citizens many charms, but one of the advantages of living in the Salt Lake valley is the close proximity to the Wasatch Mountains. Here, in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, are several campgrounds that are not only accessible to everyone, but grant an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a bit of natural living mere minutes away from their homes. Check out these campgrounds to find one that suits your family best.
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Big Cottonwood Canyon
Spruces: Located roughly 10 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, this campground is encircled by a small, babbling brook and provides plenty of space between its’ 94 sites. RV’s are allowed but no hookups are available. Facilities offered include: flush toilets, running water sinks and water spigots. Rates are $22 per night (some sites are first-come, first-served).
Redman: This heavily wooded campground, located between Solitude and Brighton ski resorts, is a less popular campground due to its more primitive surroundings, but the 41 sites still fill up quickly most weekends. Open from the end of June through early September, it has a shorter season than most other campgrounds. Facilities offered include: flush toilets, running water sinks and water spigots. RV’s are allowed but no hookups are available. Rates are $21 per night (most sites are first-come, first-served).
Little Cottonwood Canyon
Tanners Flat: This campground, located about 4 miles up the canyon, is situated next to Little Cottonwood Creek and is nestled inside many different types of trees which afford excellent privacy. Smaller than other nearby campgrounds, the 32 total sites can house tents or RV’s but no hookups are available. Facilities offered include: flush and vault toilets, running water sinks and water spigots. Rates are $22 per night (some sites are first-come, first-served).
Albion Basin: This incredibly scenic campground is located at the end of Little Cottonwood Road and requires a steep drive up the side of the mountain (not recommended for long RV’s or trailers). Surrounded by fields of wildflowers and offering majestic views of the Albion Basin, this is one of the more beautiful campgrounds, but due to snowy conditions is only open from the end of July to early September. Most of the 25 sites are available for reservation and fill up quickly. Facilities offered include: vault toilets and water spigots. Rates are $19 per night.
Backcountry camping is allowed in both canyons 1/2 mile away from rivers. Check in with the Forest Service before you go for up-to-date information on conditions.