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Beautiful Fall Foliage at Big Cottonwood Canyon

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Liza is a homemaker who loves baking and cooking. She also enjoys collecting postcards from friends all over the world.

I visited the canyon many times. However, fall is my favorite season to be here.

I visited the canyon many times. However, fall is my favorite season to be here.

Big Cottonwood Canyon

Big Cottonwood Canyon is a spectacle treat at any time of the year and the fall foliage. Have you come here before you know the canyon is excellent for outdoor enthusiasts. It offers the best trails for hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and sightseeing. It's situated in the Wasatch Range 12 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah.

Chasing Fall Foliage

Generally, there is no worst time to visit Salt Lake County canyons in the fall. If you love nature, you must visit the canyons to witness and experience beautiful fall foliage.

It was raining last weekend when my husband and I decided to go to the canyon for a morning hike. We were hoping by the time we got there, the rain stop. From our house to Big Cottonwood, it was a moderate car drive (45 minutes). Before driving on a free highway, we stopped at a local coffee shop to get our morning caffeine fixed.

The weather was not on our side. It was raining by the time we arrived. In the beginning, we were hesitant to continue with the plan. However, we decided to give it a try. My husband parked, and I climbed out of the car. Quickly, I smell the air. It was fresh and cool. As we start walking, we can see that we are surrounded by tall yellow trees. I took a phone out of my pocket and started taking some pictures.

The Weather

I thought wearing a jacket and a hat was enough, but I was wrong. The rain started pouring heavily. As we got a little further, we decided not to hike up. We can see the peek of the canyon is covered with snow. When you are doing outdoor activities (hiking, walking, biking) or even on short trips, it can be challenging and risky. I wish we have checked the weather before coming, so we can be prepared with proper equipment. Therefore, for our safety, we remained on the moderate walking trails.

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Although the weather was rough, it was mesmerizing to view the fall foliage at Big Cottonwood Canyon. I wish we could have stayed longer! However, my husband said it might not be an enjoyable time to be there whilst it was raining. As we drive out from the canyon, we can see yellows, oranges, and rosy pinks down the valley. It was beautiful.

We will come again during winter for the snow!

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