Butterfield Canyon

3.7/5 (12 reviews)
Herriman, Utah (Salt Lake County)
Last Updated: 08/26/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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!

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

From the trailhead, this is a very easy trail. It is a paved road that winds through the beautiful canyon with some sharp hairpin turns. The speed limit starts at 25mph but once you get about 2.5 miles into the canyon it changes to 10mph. Be very cautious on the hairpin turns as this trail can get pretty busy, especially on weekends and holidays. The paved road will take you 6.9 miles all the way up to the saddle where Butterfield Canyon connects with Middle Canyon on the west side of the Oquirrh Mountains.
This road is narrow and heavily trafficked. Please use caution around corners.

Trail Reviews

3.7/5 (12 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/02/2021

Easy trail. Well worth the view at the top.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/25/2021

Easy trail with a few fun rockier sections, but mostly a dirt road to the top. The views from the top are worth the drive up. Sections on the paved road on the way up are not wide enough for 2 cars - be prepared to pull off or back up.
Trail Review: Butterfield Canyon - Brandon Maughan
Trail Review: Butterfield Canyon - Brandon Maughan
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/04/2020

Trail is closed. We were excited to try it. The sign says it reopens june 1.
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 10/30/2020

Trail is closed and blocked off at the bottom.
Status: Partially Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/30/2020

This a fun easy trail and it was mostly pavement, my family loved driving thru the trees on the lower part of the trail this time of year. There are plenty of places to pull off for some hiking or just to relax and enjoy the scenery. I only made it to the Saddle (5) since the gate shortly after that was closed, I will say once you turn past the Saddle (5) the road turns into gravel and gets a little rough however there is no vehicle that could not pass on this road its just a rough gravel road. Still enjoyed this trip for a short drive in the mountains.

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