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Millcreek Canyon Reservations

Big Water Yurt

Big Water Yurt

During the winter season, the Big Water Yurt is set up at the Upper Big Water Trailhead, 4.5 miles past the winter gate at the end of the canyon road.  It is accessible only by snowshoe or skis on the Millcreek Ski Trail.  Reservations may be made for December 1-April 30. 2019-2020 Reservations will be available online only and begin Friday, November 1 at approximately 8 am.*  

*Please note:  There is a new key pick up/drop off process that is outlined on the Rules of Occupancy flyer below.  Also, some dates may be unavailable due to scheduled Forest Service maintenance and reservations for those who lost their January 2019 dates due to the federal government shutdown. If you have any questions, please contact the Park Operations office at (385) 468-7275.  

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Operating Season: 
December 1 through April 30

Elevation: 
7,520 feet  

Rental Rate: 
$75 per night (includes 4 vehicle passes)

Capacity: 
Maximum 8 people  

Amenities: 
2 double-bunk beds (each 4' x 7'), wood burning stove, table and benches, vault toilet outside next to yurt, creek nearby for water source

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Forest Service Flyer

Rules of Occupancy


Remember to check the forecast with the Utah Avalanche Center  before heading into the backcountry. 

Group Picnic Area

Group Picnic Areas

Millcreek Canyon is a beautiful mountain canyon area in the Wasatch Mountains just minutes from the Salt Lake Valley.  There are reservable group picnic sites available as well as several non-reservable picnic tables throughout the canyon.  Group picnic areas may be reserved from June 1 through September 30.  Reservations begin the first business day in January.

There is no reserved parking in the canyon.  However, group picnic site reservations include vehicle passes which will allow you and your guests to leave the canyon without paying at the toll booth.  The winter gate is generally open by June 1, however please note that this is weather and road condition permitting.            

Summer hours are from 8 am-10 pm, and fires are allowed in fire rings and grill stands unless fire restrictions are applicable.   

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Church Fork Picnic Area

Located 2.3 miles past the fee station on the left side. Has 2 group sites that may be reserved and several first come, first serve picnic tables. There is no drinking water available. Elevation starts at about 5,200 feet.

Group Site, John Neff

  • Capacity - Seats 50, 3 16-foot uncovered picnic tables on concrete surface. One 8 foot preparation table.
  • Rental Fee - $60.00, includes 6 vehicle passes.
  • Amenities - Barbeque grill and fire ring.
  • Hiking - Access to the Pipeline, Grandeur Peak and Desolation hiking trails.
  • Creek - Near main creek.
  • Restroom - Nearby, vault toilet.

Group Site, Fred Foyer

  • Capacity --Seats 50, 2 16-foot uncovered picnic tables on concrete surface.
  • Rental Fee - $60.00, includes 6 vehicle passes.
  • Amenities - Barbeque grate and fire ring.
  • Hiking - Access the Pipeline, Grandeur Peak and Desolation hiking trails.
  • Creek - Near side creek and small waterfall.
  • Restroom - Vault toilet.  

    South Box Elder Picnic Area

    Located 2.6 miles past the fee station on the right side of the road. Has one group site that may be reserved and several picnic tables available on a first come, first serve basis. Next to the main canyon road. No drinking water is available.

    Group Site, Edmund Elsworth

    • Capacity --Seats 25, 3 uncovered 8-foot wood picnic tables and 2 serving tables.
    • Rental Fee - $35.00, includes 5 vehicle passes.
    • Amenities - Large barbeque grill and fire ring.
    • Hiking - Near the Desolation hiking, biking and horseback riding trailhead and the Thayne Canyon hiking and horseback riding trailhead.
    • Creek - Across from the main canyon road.
    • Restroom - Restroom nearby. Vault toilet.

    Upper Box Elder Picnic Area

    Located 1/2 mile up on the left from South Box Elder Picnic Area. Has three group sites available for reservation or first come, first serve basis. Elevation is 5,500 feet. No drinking water is available.

    Group Site, Alva Alexander

    • Capacity --Seats 25, 3 uncovered 8-foot picnic tables and 1 serving table on concrete surface.
    • Rental Fee - $35.00, includes 5 vehicle passes.
    • Amenities - Barbeque grill and fire ring.
    • Hiking - Next to Pipeline hiking, biking and horseback riding trail.
    • Creek - Next to the canyon creek.
    • Restroom - Nearby. Vault toilets.

    Group Site, Amy Smith

    • Capacity --Seats 25, 3 uncovered 8-foot picnic tables and 1 serving table on concrete surface.
    • Rental Fee - $35.00, includes 5 vehicle passes.
    • Amenities - Barbeque grill and fire ring.
    • Hiking - Next to Pipeline hiking, biking and horseback riding trail.
    • Creek - Next to the canyon creek.
    • Restroom - Nearby. Vault toilet.

    Group Site, Sara Skidmore

    • Capacity --Seats 25, 3 uncovered 8-foot picnic tables and 1 serving table on concrete surface.
    • Rental Fee - $35.00, includes 5 vehicle passes.
    • Amenities - Barbeque grill and fire ring.
    • Hiking - Next to Pipeline hiking, biking and horseback riding trail.
    • Creek - Next to the canyon creek.
    • Restroom - Nearby. Vault toilet.

    Terraces Picnic Area

    Located 3.8 miles past the fee station on the right side of the road. Has four group sites that may be reserved. Spring water is available for drinking. Elevation is about 6000 feet.

    Group Site, Archibald Gardner

    • Capacity --Seats 50, uncovered picnic tables on concrete surface.
    • Rental Fee - $60.00, includes 11 vehicle passes.
    • Amenities - Barbeque grill and fire ring.
    • Hiking - Near the Terraces/Elbow Fork, Bowman Fork and Porter Fork hiking and horseback riding trails.
    • Creek - None nearby.
    • Restroom - Nearby. Vault toilet.

    Group Site, Chauncey Porter

    • Capacity --Seats 50, uncovered picnic tables on concrete surface.
    • Rental Fee - $60.00, includes 6 vehicle passes.
    • Amenities - Barbeque grill and fire ring.
    • Hiking - Near the Terraces/Elbow Fork, Bowman Fork and Porter Fork hiking and horseback riding trails.
    • Creek - None nearby.
    • Restroom - Nearby. Vault toilets.

    Group Site, Charles Stillman

    • Capacity --Seats 50, uncovered picnic tables on concrete surface.
    • Rental Fee - $60.00, includes 12 vehicle passes.
    • Amenities - Barbeque grill and fire ring.
    • Hiking - Near the Terraces/Elbow Fork, Bowman Fork and Porter Fork hiking and horseback riding trails.
    • Creek - None nearby.
    • Restroom - Nearby. Vault toilets.

    Group Site, Bowman Fork

    • Capacity --Seats 100, uncovered picnic tables.
    • Rental Fee - $100.00, includes 24 vehicle passes.
    • Amenities - Barbeque grills and two fire rings.
    • Hiking - Near the Terraces/Elbow Fork, Bowman Fork and Porter Fork hiking and horseback riding trails.
    • Creek - None nearby.
    • Restroom - Nearby. Vault toilet.