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part ofUinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 11 2015   Season Dates


Storm Mountain Day Use Area is just 3 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:

The picnic area is set among shady oaks and aspens at the foot of rugged Storm Mountain. Vivid summer wildflowers are abundant and autumn leaves put on quite a show.


Big Cottonwood Creek flows through the area, offering trout fishing. Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities on canyon trails.


The picnic area contains six group sites and several single and double-family sites, most of which are accessible. All contain picnic tables and campfire rings. Some sites have grills and serving tables. A historic stone amphitheater is available for reservations.

Flush toilets are provided but picnickers must bring their own drinking water. Horseshoe pits are on-site and kids love the playground area. Roads, parking spurs and footpaths 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 10 miles up-canyon, offering scenic chairlift rides, hiking, a few dining options and a challenging 18-hole disc golf course.

Silver Lake is another mile past Solitude. Fishing and canoeing are popular activities. An easy trail loops around the small lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Playground
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
Know Before You Go
  • 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; no overnight camping
  • Please bring your own drinking water
  • Swimming and wading is not allowed due to culinary watershed restrictions
  • Some sites available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • A fee of $2/person will be collected for vehicles holding more than 5 people; a fee of $3/person will be collected for walk-in use
  • Amphitheater can be reserved in three time blocks: Morning (AMORN), Afternoon (AAFT) and Evening (AEVE)
  • 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):
40.62333, -111.74306
40°37'24"N, 111°44'35"W

From I-215, take the 6200 South exit and travel a mile east to Wasatch Blvd. Take Wasatch Blvd a mile south to junction with Big Cottonwood Canyon/Highway 190. Make a left at the junction and travel up Big Cottonwood Canyon 2.8 miles to the picnic area.

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Information:  (801)733-0588
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