|Typically Open:||06/01 - 11/01|
|Highest Elevation:||7775 feet|
|Duration:||About 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||West|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Herriman|
|Official Road Name:||Butterfield Canyon Road|
|Management Agency:||State of Utah|
The Butterfield Canyon off-road (well, somewhat paved) trail is a quick and fun way to get away from the bustle of the surrounding cities and is accessible both from the Salt Lake and Tooele sides of the Oquirrh (Oak-er) Mountain Range. The Oquirrh Mountain Range is a string of 10,000-foot peaks that divides the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys. Most known for its copper mining, the beauty of this range is usually overlooked. Butterfield Canyon is only open 5 months of the year so you can bet on running into plenty of other people along the way. This trail is perfect for anybody who wants to experience some beautiful forest and great views with the best being at the top where you can overlook the Salt Lake and Tooele Valley's, as well as looking down into the largest open-pit copper mine in the world - Kennecott Copper Mine!
Graded dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Gentle grades. 2WD under all conditions except snow. No width problems, two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Trail is closed until June 1st.|
|Summer:||Trail is usually dry and very busy. This is the best time of year to run this trail.|
|Fall:||Trail is dry and very busy. It closes November 1st.|
|Winter:||Trail is closed.|
The trailhead is a turnoff to the west off of Herriman Highway labeled as Butterfield Canyon Road.
This is the gate that is closed from November 1st to June 1st every year.
Here is a little pullout with a small seasonal stream flowing down the mountain.
At this pullout, there is a little spur trail that meets back up shortly, as well as a random rope swing. Sadly, there is no lake for jumping in.
This is the saddle of the Oquirrh Mountains. Continue to the right to reach the Bingham Mine Overlook at the end of the trail.
This gate usually remains closed a week or two after the canyon opens up due to one very shaded spot that tends to hold snow. Continue up the trail.
Here is a rough patch in the road. Nothing that a vehicle with decent clearance should have any issues with, but lower cars will need to be careful.
At the overlook, you get views of both the Tooele Valley and the Salt Lake Valley. However, the main reason that this trail is run is for the overlook into Bingham Mine, also known as Kennecott Copper Mine; The largest open face copper mine in the world. You can even see it from space!
Starting Point: Herriman, Utah