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part ofUinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Sep 27 2015   Season Dates


Dogwood Day Use Picnic Area is just 2 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, conveniently close to Salt Lake City. Big Cottonwood Creek runs alongside the site. Visitors enjoy fishing, hiking and biking.

Natural Features:

In late spring, dogwoods and lilacs bloom throughout the day-use area, creating a spectacular show among the greenery and shade of the pines, aspens and scrub oak. Summer wildflowers paint the canyon with vivid color beginning in late July. Autumn leaves put on quite a show in late September.


Big Cottonwood Creek is stocked for trout fishing and is a favorite among local fly-fisherman. Additionally, many hiking and mountain biking trailheads are located in the canyon.


Dogwood offers several group picnic sites, all with tables, campfire rings and grills. Flush toilets are provided and parking spurs and pathways within the area are paved.

Nearby Attractions:

Big Cottonwood Canyon is a beautiful area known for its soaring peaks, pristine hidden lakes and cascading streams. Numerous hiking and mountain biking trails are in the area. Rock climbing is a popular activity as well.

Solitude Mountain Resort is 11.5 miles up-canyon, offering scenic chairlift rides, hiking, a few dining options and a challenging 18-hole disc golf course.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Campfire Rings
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Paved Parking
  • Paved Roads
  • Rock Climbing
  • Self Pay Station
Know Before You Go
  • Wading and playing in the water is not allowed
  • This is a watershed area; visitors will be fined for bringing domestic pets or livestock into the area
  • This is a day-use area only; gates close at 10 p.m.
  • Please bring your own drinking water
  • A per-day, per-vehicle fee will be collected on site for extra vehicles <
  • This area may have first-come, first-served sites outside the reservation season
  • Rock climbers may walk though without paying fee as long as parking or picnic areas are not used
  • Click here for more info about the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

This facility is operated by American Land & Leisure. We appreciate hearing from you. Comment cards are available from campground hosts or online at americanll.com.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.62222, -111.77
40°37'20"N, 111°46'12"W

Take exit 301 off I-15. Turn east and travel 6 miles on 7200 South to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Travel 2 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon to picnic area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

4118 Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd,
Cottonwood Heights  UT  84121

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)649-7534
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