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. Recreation: 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. Facilities: 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.
Stayed here for 1 night. We were up early, at the crack of dawn. As we prepared to break down the tent, a HUGE bull moose wandered out of the woods, looked around, then walked by my camping spot & the one right next to mine. I was sitting in my car, putting my sleeping bag inside, so my photo did not come out very well.
The camp site was amazing! Slept very soundly. They sky at night was amazing!
Product review posted with day use review! The day use are is fun for lunch or picnic, we came here just for a hike and a bite too eat. Easy trails around with some harder ones if you want to explore. Very short drive up, and very worth it.
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Around Dogwood, there are so many amazing outdoor activities. You can stop in Dogwood for a relaxing lunch or picnic in between climbing the multiple routes only a 5 minute walk from the grounds, hiking the trails scattered throughout the canyon, or even fishing in the cold stream running the perimeter of the grounds. Dogwood is well taken care of and in a great central location to many activities.
Honestly wouldnt even consider this place inthe summer because it gets so hot here. Maybe only during a really busy weekend or a holiday. This place, however, shines in the winter time. It has nice bathrooms with a view and large picnic areas and some parking.
Nearby is also a great place to take beginner climbers as most routes on the westt end of the crag are toprope approachable. There are also harder climbs to the east including a 13a
This place has a good amount of reservation spots, but it isn't far enough up the canyon to benefit from the best part of Big Cottonwood Canyon's beauty. I'd avoid this one and spend your money and effort on something else a little further up the canyon.