Spruces Big Cottonwood

Brighton, Utah

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Overview

Spruces Campground is located in scenic Big Cottonwood Canyon at an elevation of 7,500 feet. Salt Lake City is conveniently close. Visitors enjoy hiking, biking and fishing.

Recreation

Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities on canyon trails, including the Donut Falls Trail, which begins in the nearby Jordan Pines Campground. Fly-fishermen enjoy casting on Big Cottonwood Creek.

Facilities

This large campground contains several group overnight campsites and day-use picnic sites, as well as numerous single and double-family campsites. All sites have picnic tables, campfire rings and grills.

Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. A baseball field, volleyball court and horseshoe pits are located within the campground. Firewood is available for purchase from the host. All roads, parking areas and parking sites are paved and all walkways are concrete or paved.

81 Single Sites- $26.00, Capacity - 8 people

 9 Double Sites - $53.00, Capacity - 16 people

 2 Triple Sites - $80.00, Capacity - 24 people

Day Use Group Site #4, #8 - $130.00, Capacity - 50 people

Day Use Group Site #2, #3 - $250.00, Capacity - 100 people

Day Use Group Site #9 with pavilion/cabin - $265.00, Capacity - 100 people

Day Use Group Sites #7 - $265.00, Capacity - 150 people

2 Overnight Group Sites - $180.00, Capacity - 50 people

Day use parking for hiking access is $9.00

Natural Features

The campground is set among a forest of shady spruce and aspen trees. Vivid summer wildflowers are abundant and autumn leaves put on quite a show.

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 3 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.

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Adventures Nearby

  • Hike Days Fork

    To get to the trailhead drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Spruces Campground. Once in the parking lot, walk to the southwest corner of the parking lot and go up the road past the bathrooms. The trailhead will be next to the overgrown baseball fiel...

    7.5 miles 2494 ft gain

  • Backcountry Ski Days Fork

    Days Fork is on the south side of Big Cottonwood Canyon behind the Spruces parking lot. The trail head begins on the south west corner of the parking lot. The approach to Days Fork is long, but gradual. Continue south along the skin track until yo...

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  • Backcountry Ski Short Swing, Mill D North

    Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon until you reach the Spruces Campground on the right. You will park here and prep your gear for the day. Walk back out to the canyon road and cross the street to the trail head. As you hike up the trial, you'll pass s...

    4 miles 1900 ft gain