Storm Mountain Picnic Area – Big Cottonwood Canyon UT

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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)  built the Storm Mountain Picnic Area at the foot of Big Cottonwood Canyon, a major recreational area for Salt Lake City.  The CCC men, supervised by the US Forest Service, laid out picnic sites, built a footbridge over Big Cottonwood Creek and rip-rapped the creek.  They also constructed two stone comfort stations (restrooms), which are no longer in use.  The Storm Mountain picnic area includes a beautiful stone amphitheater.

The picnic area is not marked as CCC in origin, but the amphitheater is.  Storm Mountain was the site of CCC Camp F-38 from 1935 to 1942.

The small dam just above the Storm Mountain picnic area is part of the hydropower system in the canyon and not related to the CCC.

There are other picnic areas and campgrounds in Big Cottonwood Canyon that were probably created by the CCC, such as Jordan Pines and Legedemere.  We need further confirmation on those, however.

 

Source notes

Kenneth Baldridge, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Utah: Remembering Nine Years of Achievement, 1933-1942.  Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2019.

Project originally submitted by Joan Greer on July 18, 2019.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

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Location Info


Storm Mountain Picnic Area
Big Cottonwood Canyon84121

Coordinates: 40.62433, -111.7437

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