The Granite Power Station
At the end of the 19th century, several hydroelectric power stations were built in Big Cottonwood Canyon to meet the growing energy demand of Salt Lake City. The Granite Power Station was originally built to supply power to the city’s new streetcar system. The Stairs Station Hydroelectric Power Plant provided electricity for the construction of the railway. Today, these power stations with their old-fashioned generators, substations and dams, have been designated historic monuments. They provide visitors with a great impression of Utah during the Industrial Revolution.
Big Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Byway
Even a short visit to the canyon is worthwhile. It only takes an hour to drive the Big Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Byway. If you have more time, we highly recommend stopping at the popular Storm Mountain picnic ground. Note the small amphitheatre dating from the 1930s that still hosts concerts. Or take a 5-kilometre walk to beautiful Lake Blanche, through green meadows and tree-covered hills. As the name says, the Solitude Ski and Summer Resort is open year-round.