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About Spruces - Big Cottonwood

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 and Big Cottonwood Canyon camping.


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.


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.

ADA Access: N

$26.00 - $265.00
USDA Forest Service
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Spruces - Big Cottonwood is located in Utah
40.6406 N
-111.6358 W
Get Directions
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 9.7 miles to the campground.
14 Reviews of Spruces - Big Cottonwood
Quiet Getaway

I love this place! Reservation and First Come / First serve camp sites. Moose frequent the campground. Flushing toilets, garbage collection, water spigots. A short hike to donut hole falls.

This canyon provides drinking water to the valley, so dogs are not allowed even in your cars.


I just recently stayed at the Spruces. Loved it. Very peaceful. I stayed in campground #47. Right near the end of the loop before it's goes into the peaceful forest section. Great one. Right by water but gets a heck of a lot of sun in the morning. Enjoyed my stay.


I love the scenery. You can get to donut falls from the camp ground which is awesome. Sites are mostly private. Some more so than others. Drive the loop. It’s breathtaking especially in the fall. My only complaint is there are no dogs allowed and a few sites not enough shade trees over the site. Overall great camp ground.


We came up here during memorial day weekend. it has walk-in sites and reserve sites. If you want to get a walk in the weekend, I suggest coming on Thursday. flush toilets and drinking water. if you come really in the year there is plenty of free firewood from cleaning up the campground.

First to Review

This campground is gorgeous! for $26 a night, you cannot beat it. There are nice flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, large areas for putting up tents, etc. There is an entire loop of the campground dedicated to trailers and RVs. It is deep in Big Cottonwood Canyon in a very forested area with a beautiful little creek running right through the center of the campground. We saw a moose hanging out in the meadow nearby, and there are all sorts of smaller wildlife abounding. The campground hosts were friendly, everything is clean, and there are lots of friendly campers to let the kids run around with. I would go back here any day.

Beautiful trees

This is one of the most beautiful places we have camped.

snowshoe in in the winter!

wonderful winter wonder land you can snowshoe into in the winter and camp at! you can also stay here during the summer just be prepared to book a couple months in advance!

A great camping spot within 30 minutes from salt lake!

These camp grounds have reserved sites and walk in sites. No RV hookups, but drinking water and flushing toilets. Lots of hikes you can do, with an easy family friendly one a quarter of a mile down the road. (Donut falls) it's really beautiful and serene here. There's enough space between camp sites that your neighbors aren't a bother.

Beautiful Campsite

We lived camping here, the downside is Big Cortonwood Canyon is a watershed, so even if you pay the fee and take the class to be able to have dogs in the canyon, they ARE NOT allowed in the campground. There were a lot of thistles and some stinging nettle in the individual campsites, which surprised me, with all the kids that are up there. There is a path to get to Donut Falls, which was not a kid friendly hike to get to the top of the waterfall (in my opinion).

Great for visiting or staycation

We live in the Valley but need a getaway for a weekend and this was perfect. Not only was it less than 20 min from our house we felt as if we were lost in the wilderness. We went on many different hikes right from the campground and a few others not far away. We saw moose, went fishing, and even stopped for icecream at stone hass in the solitude village right up the street. Good clean restrooms, friendly rangers, and most sites are pretty private. Be aware of your travel plans and book early because the campground fills fast.