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Established Camping

Tanners Flat

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About

National Forest

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Overview

Tanners Flat Campground is located in scenic Little Cottonwood Canyon at an elevation of 7,200 feet, just 6 miles from Sandy, Utah. The canyon offers many hiking and biking opportunities.

Recreation

Hiking and mountain biking trailheads can be found throughout the canyon. Hikers enjoy Red Pine Lake, White Pine Lake and Maybird Gulch, all beautiful hikes leading to alpine lakes. Mountain bikers enjoy the Cottonwood Creek Trail and Albion Meadows Trail. Little Cottonwood Creek offers good trout fishing and is a favorite among local fly-fishermen.

Facilities

Hiking and mountain biking trailheads can be found throughout the canyon. Hikers enjoy Red Pine Lake, White Pine Lake and Maybird Gulch, all beautiful hikes leading to alpine lakes. Mountain bikers enjoy the Cottonwood Creek Trail and Albion Meadows Trail. Little Cottonwood Creek offers good trout fishing and is a favorite among local fly-fishermen.

Natural Features

The campground is set among a forest of shady pine, aspen, oak and maple trees. Vivid summer wildflowers are abundant, and autumn leaves put on quite a show. Little Cottonwood Creek runs along the edge of the campground.

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For facility specific information, please call (385) 273-1100.

Nearby Attractions

Little Cottonwood Canyon is a beautiful area known for its soaring peaks, unique geology, pristine hidden lakes and cascading streams. Numerous hiking and mountain biking trails are in the area. Rock climbing is a popular activity as well. Snowbird Resort is a few miles up-canyon, offering scenic tram rides, hiking, mountain biking, restaurants, groceries, an Alpine Slide, zip line rides, concerts and various festivals. Albion Basin, part of Alta Ski Resort just a few miles further up-canyon, hosts the Wasatch Wildflower Festival annually in late July/early August, complete with guided nature walks. Numerous hiking trails can be found in Albion Basin, including the 1.5-mile round-trip hike to Cecret Lake.

Charges & Cancellations

Change and Cancellation Policies and Fees Overnight and Day Use Facilities: To ensure fairness, reservation arrival or departure dates may not be changed beyond the booking window until 18 days after booking the reservation. Camping / Day Use: A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation (including campsites, cabins, lookouts, group facilities, etc.). The $10.00 service fee will be deducted from the refund amount. You can cancel or change reservations through Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Late Cancellations Overnight and Day Use Facilities: Late cancellations are those cancelled between 12:01 a.m. (Eastern) on the day before arrival and check out time on the day after arrival. Individual Campsites: If a customer cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival they will be charged a $10.00 service fee and will also forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a single night's reservation will forfeit the entire use fee but no cancellation fee will apply. Cabins / Lookouts: Customers will be charged a $10.00 cancellation fee and forfeit the first night's use fee if a cabin or lookout reservation is cancelled within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date. Cancellations for a single night's use will not be assessed a service fee. Group Facility: If a customer cancels a group overnight facility reservation within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date they will be charged the $10.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's use fee. Cancellations for a single night's use will not be assessed a service fee. Group Day Use Area: If a customer cancels a group day use facility reservation within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date, they will forfeit the total day use fee with no service fee charge. No-Shows Camping / Day Use: A camping no-show customer is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Reserved campsites and group overnight facilities will be held until check-out time on the day following your scheduled arrival. Group day-use facilities will be held until check-in time on your scheduled arrival date. If a customer does not arrive at the campground or group facility by check-out time the day after arrival or does not cancel the reservation by the times listed under "Late Cancellations" above, the customer may be assessed a $20.00 service fee and forfeit use fees. Refunds Customers must request refunds no later than 14 days after the scheduled departure date. Recreation.gov will not grant refund requests after 14 days of departure. Reservation Fee: For some facilities, tours or permits an additional reservation fee is charged. For some overnight and day-use facilities, an additional non-refundable reservation fee may apply. The non-refundable reservation fee for tours and tickets is $1.00. The non-refundable reservation fee for permits varies by location. Refunds for Bankcard Purchases: Refunds for bank card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank card. Refunds for Check or Cash Purchases: Refunds for Recreation.gov payments made by check or money order, and cash payments at selected campgrounds will be issued a check refund. A refund will be processed within 30 days of receipt and approval. Please Note: Refund requests made during or after departure can only be processed when approved by the facility management staff based upon local policy. Refunds for Emergency Closures: In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team will attempt to notify users and offer alternate dates (as appropriate). If this is not possible, reservations will be cancelled and all fees paid will be refunded. Reservation fees for free tickets are non-refundable in the event of an emergency closure. Recreation.gov Billing Information Reservation transaction will appear on customer's credit card statements as "Recreation.gov 877-444-6777." Changes to Policies and Procedures Recreation.gov reserves the right, when necessary, to modify reservation policies. These policies were last updated July 2018.

Fee Info

Cash, Check, or Scan & Pay 29 Single Sites - $31.00, capacity - 8 people 3 Double Sites - $63.00, capacity - 16 people 2 Single Glamping Sites - $111.00, capacity - 8 people (deposit required) Amphitheater (4 hour block) - $63.00, capacity - 30 people Group Sites A, B, C - $136.00, capacity - 25 people Group Site D - $228.00, capacity - 50 people Extra Vehicle - $10.00 per vehicle

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Location

Tanners Flat is located in Utah

Detail location of campground

Directions

From I-215, take the 6200 South exit and travel a mile east to Wasatch Blvd. Take Wasatch Blvd 3 miles south to junction with Little Cottonwood Canyon/Highway 210. Take a left at the junction and travel up Little Cottonwood Canyon for 4.1 miles to the campground.

Address

7490 Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd
Sandy, UT 84092

Coordinates

40.5725 N
111.6983333 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Fair
  • Verizon
    Available
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Available

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin
  • Yurts
  • Equestrian

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites

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19 Reviews

Jacob A.
Reviewed May. 16, 2023

Amazing

Paid sites Easy drive up

Keep in mind other campers are near but not right by you depending on site.

We went last summer and cant wait to go back

Running water Hook ups Tent spots

Good for groups or singles

Feel free to book its about 20$ a night Its well worth it and its not to far from home but not to close either.

Stayed at multiple spots looking to get back again this summer.

Please check out my other reviews. More to come. Happy camping.

SiteMultiple
Month of VisitJuly
Eric J.
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2021

Quick Getaway

Close the to the valley for a quick little getaway! Campgrounds are pretty close to one another but somewhat secluded depending on the spot you get. Parking next to your campground is a plus for me! They have restrooms which is nice! Decent place for a quick trip!

Site7
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Eric J., December 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Eric J., December 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Eric J., December 8, 2021
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L
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2021

A nice little place to camp

We had site 11 close to the bathroom and in a flat, sunny clearing surrounded by trees. You could hear the nearby road a bit and see the mountains a little bit.

Site11
Month of VisitJuly
Heather K.
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2021

Beautiful Location

I booked a double site here for the first time, and they are beautiful.  I enjoyed the location, the space, and my whole family did as well!  There was some garbage in the fire pit when we arrived, but other than that it was fantastic. Soap and water with flushing toilets, etc.

Site31
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Heather K., June 2, 2021
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Heather K., June 2, 2021
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Heather K., June 2, 2021
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Whitney K.
Reviewed May. 21, 2021

Beautiful creek and nearby trail

I loved sleeping near the creek and hearing the water at night. The campground was clean and bigger than I expected.

Site9
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Whitney K., May 21, 2021
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Whitney K., May 21, 2021
Heather K.
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2021

A nice getaway

With covid last year, I just needed to get away.  I went in June, and it was lovely.  It was chilly for sure, but it was so nice.  It was quiet, tucked away from anyone.  Didn't really see anyone for the three days we are there.  Our site was next to the river, which really helped drown out all other sounds!  I have already booked a site for this year!  The campground is beautiful, and we had a lot of aspen trees at our site.  Beautiful!

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Heather K., March 29, 2021
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Heather K., March 29, 2021
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Heather K., March 29, 2021
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Chad M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2020

Do not enter!

We tried to get in but they were full, no problem. The big problem is you cant see the full sing until you are committed to entering and there is not any indication of where you should go to turn around. We went straight which had a turnaround at the end only a car could make, we have a 30’ trailer. So I had to back down the entire section with the trailer, not fun.

McKelle S.
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2020

Beautiful!

The bathrooms were pretty clean, the sites were beautiful! We did have a few moose enter our site at 31 so just be aware of that.

Sara M.
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2018

Great early fall camping!

Given how close it is to the city, Tanners Flat has always been a little too busy for our family during the full swing of summer. After finally staying here, we realized the views and proximity to hikes makes it well worth it!

September/early October gives cooler temperatures and less crowds, and we got to see some lovely fall colors. The camp hosts were excellent as well :)

As SLC natives, we’re making this our yearly fall tradition!

  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Sara M., October 6, 2018
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Sara M., October 6, 2018
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Sara M., October 6, 2018
Alan B.
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2018

Beautiful area but very very busy!

This is a fairly large campground for such a narrow canyon. There are 31 single sites, 3 doubles, and 3 group campsites. The single sites are $23 a night and be sure to make your reservation early as you are unlikely to get a walk in. The campsites are pretty close together so if you prefer solitude consider backpacking to White or Red Pine Lake or Lake Blanche in the nearby Big Cottonwood Canyon north of here.

Nearby attractions include Lisa Falls, Cecret Lake and numerous summertime activities at Snowbird and Alta ski resorts. During the summer at Snowbird there are summer slides kind of like dry bobsleds and the tram runs all the way up to Hidden Peak which has a wonderful without the effort. A tiny bit further up the canyon right across from the Peruvian Lodge is a favorite evening free solo called the South Ridge of Mt. Superior for the more adventurous. It is a fairly tame 5.5-5.6 hike/scramble/climb with more scrambling than climbing. It is a fun outing but try to be back before sundown or hike with a partner as we got stalked by a few cougars coming down the last time we did it!

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Alan B., October 1, 2018
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Alan B., October 1, 2018
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Alan B., October 1, 2018
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Jason H.
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2018

Nice camping for trailers.

The campground is pretty, but it is not for family camping with a tent. This campground has pull-through areas for people towing camping trailers, but not much for those that want to set up a full-size tent and lounge around outside. The nearby creek is pretty, but you cannot so much as wade in it without facing prosecution and a $1500 fine. I would not camp here again.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Jason H., August 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Jason H., August 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Jason H., August 29, 2018
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Mary S.
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2018

Good location for exploring Wasatch Mountains and Salt Lake City

You really need to know this: No dogs are allowed because this campground is in the Salt Lake City watershed.

And this: As inviting as the water running through the campground may look, you are not allowed to swim, wade or wash in it.

One more thing: Gate closes at 10 pm although that didn't stop some partiers at the next site in from us. They partied and left around 11 or so. There was no payment tag on the post. The exit is open but has tire shredders if you enter over them.

A pleasant surprise at a Forest Service campground: 10 lbs of ice for $2! (There was also the usual bundle of firewood for $6.)

An unpleasant surprise: Old, dirty bathrooms. I've seen cleaner vault toilets elsewhere than these flush toilets.

There is no water for now (July 2018) in bathroom sinks or at spigots. The host said something about a pipe issue and water needing to be tested. That covers the amenities other than dumpsters.

What about the sites? We arrived on a Sunday morning when the host was putting up signs indictating which sites were reserved. We had 3 possible sites among 1 through 19 and grabbed #9, a pull through site with a buffer between the road in the parking/small RV area.

Sites in the other area (higher numbers) were becoming available, but that area's host said many of the sites were only appropriate for tents.

Our site #9: There are a few steps down to the picnic table, fire ring and grill plus a separate area to the left for a tent. See photos.

General site info:

  • Some sites have a concrete pad for the picnic table, etc.

  • Many sites have an area for the tent that is away from the picnic table and concealed from the road.

Site9
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Mary S., July 30, 2018
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Mary S., July 30, 2018
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Mary S., July 30, 2018
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Andrea P.
Reviewed May. 29, 2018

Quick trip for locals

Tanners flat is a close trip up Little Cottonwood Canyon. NO Dogs allowed in the canyon- it is a watershed. Very popular spot for locals to day trip or weekend trip.

Jordan B.
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2017

Questival camping

We were staying here during the Cotopaxi question and it had great scenery and clean camp grounds!

Month of VisitNovember
J
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2017

Great campgrounds and facilities

It can be tricky to get a spot here in the summer. Make sure to call ahead!

Month of VisitAugust
Melissa K.
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2017

Awesome time!

We stayed with another Questival group and loved it! The owner was very nice and welcoming AND it was her birthday. Had a great time.

Site22
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Melissa K., July 29, 2017
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Melissa K., July 29, 2017
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Melissa K., July 29, 2017
Dan S.
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2017

Amazing time

Diana (one of the campground leaders) celebrated her birthday with us while we were Questivaling. Big shoutout to her and co. for saving the day with a last minute site. Clean, big and beautiful.

Site22
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Tanners Flat by Dan S., July 29, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to camp at Tanners Flat?

Camping at Tanners Flat can cost between $56.09 and $98.82 depending on the site.

Does Tanners Flat have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Tanners Flat has water hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Tanners Flat?

Tanners Flat allows vehicles up to 43 feet.

Are fires allowed at Tanners Flat?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Tanners Flat, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Is there cell phone reception at Tanners Flat?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is available, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is available.

How hard is it to get a campsite at Tanners Flat?

Some campers book as far as 6 months in advance, so on high-demand weekends it can be very difficult to get a campsite at Tanners Flat. If you want to get a last-minute campsite at Tanners Flat, try setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts

Why is it so hard to get a campsite at Tanners Flat?

There are 48 campsites at Tanners Flat and over 80 million Americans who camp! Try snagging a cancellation by setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts