Since 2016, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance has provided a shuttle one day each winter to demonstrate that micro-transit solutions can work for wintertime dispersed recreation users.

In 2021, in response to the ever increasing traffic problems in Little Cottonwood Canyon, WBA scaled its annual shuttle day up to a weekly shuttle day running on Saturdays with the goal of maintaining access to backcountry terrain in upper Little Cottonwood Canyon while demonstrating that backcountry users can play a role in helping to reduce traffic congestion and parking conflicts.

During the 2022-2023 season, thanks to funding from a local retailer, we were able to expand our service to Big Cottonwood Canyon as well!

Donations are greatly appreciated and will contribute to the program’s success.

About the Shuttle

  • Runs every Saturday in Big & Little Cottonwood Canyons
  • Our partner for the shuttle service is Utah Mountain Shuttle. Service is provided in vans labeled UTAH MOUNTAIN SHUTTLE.
  • Reservations are required and accepted until 5:00 PM Friday evening.
  • Please carpool to pick up locations as parking is not guaranteed.
  • Cost is $10 for non-members and $5 for WBA members. If you need help accessing your member discount code, email

Parking, Pick Up and Drop Off Locations

  • Parking and Pick Up: Butler Elementary School (7000 S 2700 E, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121)
  • LCC Dropoff: Alta Lodge
  • BCC Dropoff: Solitude Entry 1, Entry 2, and Brighton

When riding shuttle…

  • Arrive 10 minutes early for pick up.
  • If not returning with shuttle, please inform driver.
  • Return to trailhead 15 minutes before designated return time.
  • Your driver will provide contact info so you may keep in touch to coordinate end of day pick up.

The schedule and parking locations may be adapted as the season progresses and conditions change.


Pick UpReturn
7:30 AM2:30 PM

The WBA Backcountry Shuttle service is provided with the support of the Central Wasatch Commission.

Donations are greatly appreciated and will contribute to the program’s success.

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