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Spruces Campground is high in the Wasatch Mountains above Salt Lake City, Utah. At 7500' in Big Cottonwood Canyon,
Spruces has 97 campsites and 9 group areas. Quaking aspen and Big Cottonwood Creek provide habitat for trout,
beavers, deer, moose and a variety of birds including eagles and the rare goshawk.
Setting:
The Spruces Campground is nestled in the cool, wooded mountains of Big
Cottonwood Canyon above Salt Lake City, Utah. Tall spruce and quaking
aspen along Big Cottonwood Creek provide lush habitat for moose, beaver,
deer and many varieties of squirrels and birds. It is not uncommon for
moose to wander through the campground or to see rare varieties of birds.
Facility:
Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. Restrooms and drinking
water are positioned throughout the campground. Several sites are
reserved for those with disabilities. One of the unique features of the
campground is a beautiful pavilion, built in the 1930’s by the CCC. The
log building has a stone floor and fireplace. It is reservable during the
summer months, for day use groups of up to 100 people. Picnic tables, a
large barbeque grill, water and electricity are available. A horseshoe pit,
sand volleyball court and baseball field provide for fun and easy
planning of family activities. Bring your own game equipment. Look for
Group Site 9 on
www.recreation.gov.
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 in
Big Cottonwood Canyon so you will need to leave your pets at
home. Nights at 7,500’ altitude can be cool, so be prepared. A
variety of hiking trails are available from the campground.
Campsites can accomodate tents and RV's.
Getting there: Take I-215 South (or East, depending on where you enter)
(East) at Big Cottonwood Canyon; towards Brighton\Solitude ski resorts.
Spruces is about 9 1/2 miles from Wasatch Blvd.
Spruces Campground Moose
Spruces Campground Pavillion - Group Site 9
Spruces Campground Rainbow
Workamping at Spruces Campground:
Just 20 minutes up the canyon from Salt Lake City. There is a kiosk that is manned during the high traffic times
(check-in times for the large Group Day Use areas) and weekends. Full hookup sites are provided for the
Campground Hosts. Golf carts are also provided. Hosts are assigned a certain number of sites and restrooms to care
for. One couple usually takes the role of manager to coordinate maintenance tasks and to ensure everyone is "on the
same page" when managing their areas. Local law enforcement has a high presence in the canyons and the
campgrounds due to the protected watershed. They are very friendly and helpful. There is a gate that is closed to
keep out undesirables at night. Contact:
American Land & Leisure for more info on workamping in this and other
USDA Forest Service campgrounds in Utah.
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