Birches Picnic Area

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Birches Picnic Area is 15 miles from Salt Lake City up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Big Cottonwood Creek runs alongside the site. Vistors enjoy fishing, hiking, and biking. 

Birches has 6 picnic sites, all with picnic tables, campfire rings, and grills. Pathways within the area are paved.

Need to Know

Natural Features

Big Cottonwood Creek runs alongside the site. Summer wildflowers paint the canyon with vivid color beginning in late July. Autumn leaves put on quite a show in late September.

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.


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.

Contact Information


564 W 700 S Ste.305, Box #5 Pleasant Grove UT 84062


Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd Salt Lake City UT 84121

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 385-273-1100

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

Take exit 301 off I-15. Turn east and travel 6 miles on 7200 South to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Travel 1.9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon to picnic area.

Available Campsites

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