The Two Cottonwoods Drives Salt Lake City to Brighton and Alta

Alta, Utah

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Two short alpine canyon drives from Salt Lake City up into the Wasatch Front. This drive combines two short designated scenic byways into one drive, still moderate in length. Both canyon drives can be completed in less than half a day, making this a reasonable excursion for Salt Lake City visitors who have but a few hours to spend exploring the area’s scenic treasures. You might do one or the other of the two short canyon drives, or combine them. Special attractions: Mount Olympus and Twin Peaks Wilderness Areas; Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird, and Alta ski resorts; and excellent hiking trails and rock climbing. Nearby attractions: Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway, and Salt Lake City attractions. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Utah

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Scenic Driving Utah

by Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras (Falcon Guides)

Two short alpine canyon drives from Salt Lake City up into the Wasatch Front. This drive combines two short designated scenic byways into one drive, still moderate in length. Both canyon drives can be completed in less than half a day, making this a reasonable excursion for Salt Lake City visitors who have but a few hours to spend exploring the area’s scenic treasures. You might do one or the other of the two short canyon drives, or combine them.

Special attractions: Mount Olympus and Twin Peaks Wilderness Areas; Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird, and Alta ski resorts; and excellent hiking trails and rock climbing. Nearby attractions: Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway, and Salt Lake City attractions. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Alta
Distance: 15
Season: Year-round, although chains required in winter
Local Contacts: Salt Lake Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to The Two Cottonwoods Drives: Salt Lake City to Brighton and Alta

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