Our chalets in Brighton sit a few feet away from the Brighton Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Brighton was the first ski resort in Utah! It’s known for getting more than 500 inches of what is often called the greatest snow on Earth every year, with extensive night skiing access, and being known as Salt Lake’s most laid-back ski resort.
Needless to say, the winter here is phenomenal! However, snow isn’t the only thing this amazing area has to offer, summer in Big Cottonwood Canyon boasts world-class rock climbing, spectacular bike rides, and so much more. In this article, we want to talk about a few of the most popular summer activities for our guests in the Brighton Chalets.
You’ve probably read our other articles about the incredible hiking opportunities in Big Cottonwood Canyon, but we don’t think the beauty of these hikes can be stressed enough. With over a hundred miles of trail, there’s a hike for everyone. Whether you want to photograph the unique wildflowers of the area, watch the plethora of wildlife, or push your limits on the towering peaks, there’s never a dull moment on these trails.
If you love to challenge yourself and add a little more adrenaline to your time in the mountains, we know you’ll love mountain biking while staying at our chalets in Brighton. Our chalets are minutes away from one of the most famous bike trails in Utah, the Wasatch Crest trail. This grueling trail has a little bit of everything and is a challenge for even the most skilled riders. If you want to learn more about this trail or some of the other trails in the area, check out our other blogs on the topic!
Climbing in Big Cottonwood Canyon is a staple for anyone who visits. If you’ve ever driven through this canyon in the summer, you’ve definitely seen a lot of climbers walking through the canyon or belaying from the trunks of their cars. It features more than 750 established climbing routes with some dating back to as early as the 1940s! The majority of climbs here are Trad routes, but there are plenty of sport and top-rope routes to satisfy any climber of any ability.
With tons of lakes, creeks, and streams in the area, it’s no wonder fishing is one of the most popular activities for its patrons. Although swimming is prohibited, entering the water with waders is permitted for fishing. The locals here say that a small assortment of dark-colored flies is all you need to have a lot of success! Shore fishing is also very common along the edges of the lakes and ponds here, and can be a great pastime for anyone looking to relax and enjoy the canyon’s natural beauty.
5.- Disc Golf
Over the past years, disc golf has grown significantly in popularity. With the emergence of the sport, a number of courses have begun to pop up throughout the state. A new 9-hole course was created at the Brighton Ski Resort and an 18-hole course can be found at the Solitude Ski Resort accessible by their lifts that run through the summer for a small fee. Disc golf is a fun, easy activity for the whole family to enjoy!
These are just a few of the many activities that can be enjoyed at the Brighton Resort in the summer! We love the winter here, but the summer might be even better! You’re not going to find views like these or the opportunities that they bring anywhere else in the world! Here there is something for everyone! Whether you’re a single traveler or a big local family this canyon has something you’ll love, and at our chalets in Brighton, we have the perfect place for you to stay on your visit!
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