The Wasatch Mountain Range extends from southern Idaho and Wyoming into central Utah. The Range is identified as the western edge of the Rocky Mountains. The name Wasatch is derived from a native American tribe that settled in that region. Within the Wasatch Mountain range are Utah`s most popular ski resorts – Brighton, Solitude, Alta, Snowbird, Park City, The Canyons, Deer Valley and Sundance. Two of the best known canyons within the Wasatch Mountain range are Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Almost 85% of Utah`s population resides within 15 miles of the Wasatch Mountains because the region is located where many river water drainages exit the mountains. In early years, the mountains were a source of water, timber, granite, zinc, lead and silver (and gold). But, today, they are best known for providing world-class recreation activities for residents and visitors.
Many of the today`s most popular ski resorts were originally mining towns that reached their zenith in the late 1800`s. Fortunately, once minerals were exhausted, a new resource was discovered – snow perfect for skiing and snowboarding. Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons are considered to have some of the best snow in the world. Original mining towns such as Brighton and Alta have come back to life in the form of world-renowned ski resorts. Where once miner`s shacks dotted the hillsides, today Cottonwood Lodging Properties rents a range of Utah vacation home rentals – some ski in / ski out – that are convenient to Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird ski resorts.
During the summer months, hiking is a favored activity. Within Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons there is an extensive network of trails that lead to mountain lakes, peaks with stunning vistas and beautiful forests. One can even hike between the resort towns of Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird. Brighton makes an excellent central location to explore the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.