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Redman Campground is high in the Wasatch Mountains above Salt Lake City, Utah. At the top of Big Cottonwood
Canyon, it lies between the two scenic ski resorts, Solitude and Brighton. Lush foliage and a babbling creek provide
privacy for lovers of everything wild.
Redman sits at an elevation of 8,000'; out of the heat of the desert valley
below. Fish for brook trout in Big Cottonwood Creek, which meanders
through the campground. Moose are frequently seen in the campground. If
you know what to listen for, you'll also enjoy the rare goshawk.
Enjoy a more primitive camping experience with the convenience of piped drinking water,
flush toilets, picnic tables and fire rings. No pavement in this campground but there is
plenty of room between neighbors. Redman has the same acreage as Spruces but only
half the campsites. Wildlife and wildflowers abound among the tall pines and quaking
aspen. Big Cottonwood Creek runs through the middle of the campground to lull you to
sleep. Hiking trails are accessible from the campground. Hikers enjoy an easy walk to
Solitude Ski Resort for outdoor summer concerts, an ice cream treat or to ride the chair
lift for more spectacular views. Hike or drive up to Brighton ski resort for access to more
world famous hiking; even a trail that takes you to the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Camping Tips:
This is a protected watershed area so wading or playing in the creek is not allowed,
although fishing is.
No pets are allowed, anywhere, in Big Cottonwood Canyon so
please leave your pets at home. Nights at 8,500’ altitude can be cool, so be
reservable through
Campground Features:
Eagles are often seen and heard as well as hummingbirds, tanagers and wild
birds. Many varieties of wildlife can be found in Redman Campground, from moose
to the rare goshawk.  Listen for coyotes from your tent.  Bears are not usually
seen in the canyon but raccoons are very clever with ice chests.
Getting there: Take I-215 South (or East, depending on where you enter)
until you reach the 6200 South exit. Turn onto Wasatch Blvd, then turn left
(East) at Big Cottonwood Canyon; towards Brighton\Solitude ski resorts.
Redman is about 13 miles from Wasatch Blvd, just past Solitude.
Redman Campground Entrance
Moose at Redman Campground
Redman Waterfall close to Site 38
Redman Wildflowers
Workamping at Redman Campground:
It is hard to believe this beautiful campground is just 20 minutes from the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The Host
has a large, FHU site. Youth groups, who have great adult supervision, are frequent guests of the Group Areas. We
had a gasoline cart that we used around the campground for carrying cleaning supplies and tools. Every time I turned
around there was a new wildflower blooming. Our Area Managers were great people and very supportive. The Forest
Service personnel were also great to work with. All except for that one time when some State inspector came in and
opened the drain and there was no water available until we figured it out the next morning! That was an
adventure...even for the young women's groups who learned how to flush toilets using creek water and gravity.
American Land & Leisure for more info on workamping in this and other USDA Forest Service campgrounds
in Utah.
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