Spruces Camping in Big Cottonwood Canyon

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The Spruces Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon is the most modern campground on the Salt Lake Ranger District. This beautiful campsite has paved parking areas, parking sites and walkways.

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Thomas Bracken


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

18.1 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days

One day to several days.


Summer and Fall

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits




The Spruces Campground is nestled in a forest among shady spruce and aspen trees up in Big Cottonwood Canyon. With an elevation of 7,500 feet and Salt Lake City conveniently close, many head up to the Spruces area for hiking, climbing, fishing, and mountain biking.

What Makes It Great

The campground is a huge area featuring several large group sites with maximum capacities of 50 to 100 people each. There are 81 single-family sites, 9 double-family sites, and 2 triple-family sites as well. All sites have picnic tables, campfire rings and grills. Flush toilets and water are accessible in the campground and firewood is available for purchase from the host. The campground even has a baseball field, volleyball court and horseshoe pits for recreation. Parking spurs and roads are paved.

One of the area’s most popular hikes, the hike to Donut Falls, begins at the Spruces Campground. The hike is suitable for all ages and experience levels. There are several places along the hike that you can stop to rest if you need to. You can usually hear the waterfall about halfway into the hike. One of the best times of the day to do this hike is early in the morning to avoid the huge crowds. The views are absolutely gorgeous during all seasons, and it’s a winter wonderland if you take a snowshoe hike when snow is on the ground. The name “Donut Falls” will make more sense once you reach the unique waterfall where Big Cottonwood Creek gushes through a donut-shaped hole in the mountainside.

There are first-come, first-served sites and sites that can be reserved. Full payment is charged to your credit card when booking a reservation for a campsite at the Spruces. This is a watershed area, so dogs, cats, horses, and pack mules are not allowed. There is a fee for extra vehicles that will be collected at the campground. Swimming and wading are not allowed. Off-road vehicles are not allowed in the canyon.

Who is Going to Love It

Spruces is a jumping-off spot for a bunch of outdoor activities and offers something for everyone.  Hikers, climbers, bikers, fishermen, and folks who just want some quiet time outdoors will all love Spruces.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

To get to the Spruces Campground from I-215, take the 6200 South exit and travel a mile east to Wasatch Boulevard. Take Wasatch Boulevard a mile south to the 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. Parking is free and plentiful and the campground is open 24 hours a day.

Fees vary by season, click here for more information.

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