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Little Cottonwood Canyon - Snowbird Near Alta

It's been said that the only thing "little" about Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon is the name. When driving to Alta and Snowbird resorts on Utah Route 210 from Salt Lake City, first-time and repeat visitors alike are awestruck by the impressive mountain vistas unfolding before their eyes. Since the majority of land within the canyon is part of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, this natural, national treasure will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Major Winter Resorts with Relaxing Summer Fun

Little Cottonwood Canyon is also home to two of Utah's ski and summer resorts. Snowbird's aerial tramway carries visitors to the roof of the Rockies for a panoramic view from 11,000-foot Hidden Peak. Other summer activities at Snowbird include mountain biking and mountain scooters. Both can be taken on the aerial tramway. Try the excitement of the Zip Rider, enjoy beautiful hikes, or experience the thrill of tandem paragliding. Volleyball, frisbee, basketball, horseshoes, softball, laser tag, fishing, alpine slide, and the Euro Bungee can also be found here. Take in a concert or festival, enjoy horseback riding, and ATV tours, or take in a round of golf or tennis.

One mile away is Utah's first ski resort, Alta. Wildflowers, wildlife, and spectacular scenery makes the Albion Basin at Alta one of the most photographed areas in northern Utah. It's also the location of the Wasatch Wildflower Festival. During the summer months, the area is much slower and relaxing, with less tourists crowding the area. It's a great place to unwind in the mountains and enjoy some scenery, hiking, and animal watching. In the summer, you can see moose, deer, coyotes, marmots, and fox in the surrounding area. At night, gaze at the stars, you haven't seen anything like it!

Getting Here

Just 29 miles from Salt Lake International Airport marks the entryway to a world of unforgettable vacation adventures.

Summer Savings

Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon offers a variety of lodging options including charming bed and breakfast inns, condos, camping and resort lodging. Nearby Salt Lake City provides many more accommodations choices including motels, hotels and rental homes. The Little Cottonwood Canyon area and Salt Lake City have many restaurants to suit any appetite and budget along with an abundance of shopping options. Be sure to use the money-saving coupons on this site and start planning your Alta-Snowbird trip today.

Photo Courtesy of Alta Ski Resort