Only 25 miles from Salt Lake City, Little Cottonwood Canyon can be reached by taking the 6200 South "Canyons" exit from I-215 and continue east to the canyon on U-210 following signs for Snowbird and Alta
Located to the south of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon is so named because its length and width are ‘littler,’ however it is an equally glorious natural playground providing many of the same recreational opportunities. The mouth of the canyon is the quarry site for the massive granite blocks used in the LDS Salt Lake Temple and the Conference Center. This 7-mile route leads you past the sheer ruggedness and beauty of a glacially carved corridor on your way to Snowbird and Alta ski resorts. The first of Alta’s two lives began in the 1860s with the discovery of silver in the area. Virtually a ghost town by 1930, Alta was reborn in 1938 as the site of Utah’s first ski resort. Albion Basin, which encompasses Alta, is famous for wildflowers and is one of the most photographed areas in northern Utah. The canyon is part of a protected watershed area and visitors are not allowed to bring dogs. Wilderness areas are located to the north and south.