xcountryBear Trap Lodge offers one of the most pristine and down-to-earth family reunion lodging options in Utah. The expanse and amenities of Bear Trap Lodge combined with the beauty and adventure that Brighton and Solitude, Utah offer make for the perfect family reunion setting.

In Winter, ski groups love skiing the finest snow in earth. With snowpack over 4 feet, this cabin becomes the winter wonderland most people have only seen in the movies. And with a very short drive to Solitude Ski Resort or Brighton Ski Resort, skiers love the access.

In Summer, the fire pit lights up the dark skies. Hiking trails abound. And resort offerings such as restaurants, lift served mountain biking, frezbee golf, and canoeing fill the days with fun.


Bear Trap Lodge is only 3 miles from Brighton Ski Resort which has an average snow fall of 500 plus inches annually. Brighton offers 7 lifts, breakdown of terrain–21% beginners, 40% intermediate, and 39% advanced. Night skiing and Snowboarding? OH YEAH!

Bear Trap Lodge is also only 1 mile from Solitude Ski Resort which boasts an annual average snow fall of 500 plus inches. Resort size is 1200 acres with skiable vertical feet at 2047.

Cross Country
For those who prefer groomed trails (20 kilometers), the Nordic Ski Center at Solitude offers the best, high-alpine cross-country skiing experience on the Wasatch Front.

Big Cottonwood’s glacially gouged upper canyon offers smooth, firm dirt roads and trails, many of them left over from the canyon’s mining and logging days. Brighton Lakes hiking trail winds past four different lakes and climbs over into Little Cottonwood Canyon. Lake Blanche is a well-maintained hiking trail through lots of superb rock formations to an amazing basin that contains Lakes Blanche, Florence and Lillian.

summer_solitudeRock climbing
From March through November, you’ll see them in Little and Big Cottonwood canyons. They sit on tailgates in the late afternoon sun and squint up at the crags and buttresses. They are Utah’s climbers. A close-knit community of rock jocks, the faithful who gather daily in Little Cottonwood are truly the chosen, for this little slice of Zion is a paradise on earth for rock climbers.

Mountain biking
The Wasatch Crest Trail offers 28 miles of the best, most scenic, most grin-inducing alpine bicycle riding you’ll find anywhere in the world. Solitude resort offers excellent in-area mountain biking. Whether you’re using the resort’s chairlifts to access the terrain or doing it the old fashioned way (pedaling up), you’ll find a half dozen trails that will thrill you at this little-known mountain-bike playground.

Utah has over 1,000 fish-able lakes and numerous fishing streams. Species range from the popular rainbow and cutthroat to large mackinaw and brown trout, to striped bass, wippers, walleye, bluegill, whitefish, the Bonneville Cisco and many others. Fishing is open year round in Utah, especially in Brighton and Solitude.

mooseWildlife Watching
The Wasatch Mountains are home to many species of wildlife including mule deer, elk, moose, pheasant, duck, geese, sage grouse, forest grouse, chukar partridge, mourning dove, beaver, and raccoon. These are to name just a few of the 630 species of wildlife that are found in Utah. The Audubon Society has a list of birds that could be found in the Brighton area.

Utah is well known for its excellent golf courses with seasonal climates and majestic views. Within a 45 minute drive you could be at several golf courses from inner city to mountain state park golf courses. With spectacular scenery to enjoy on your drive and while you’re on the course.