PacifiCorp to reopen day-use area in Big Cottonwood Canyon

SALT LAKE CITY — Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, is reopening access to the recreation area adjacent to the Stairs Hydroelectric Project in Big Cottonwood Canyon following updated COVID-19 public health directives from Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake County.

The Stairs Recreation Area is located approximately three miles up picturesque Big Cottonwood Canyon east of Salt Lake City. The park is available for day use by reservation only and features eight picnic tables along the river near the historic Stairs hydroelectric power plant, which has been in service for 125 years. Stairs is a state historic site on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reservation holders will be notified that gatherings are limited to 50 or fewer people. A temporary restroom will be available for use by parties with a recreation site reservation, but guests should bring any required sanitation materials. There is no drinking water on site, so guests are reminded to bring everything they need for site use.

The park is usually open from May 1 to September 30. Reservations are made through an annual drawing held in March. To enter the drawing for next year, or to inquire about available or withdrawn reservation dates, call 1-801-629-7676.

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With many in the community potentially needing to self-isolate or work from home, Rocky Mountain Power understands the importance of uninterrupted electric service. To help ease concerns for customers, Rocky Mountain Power continues to temporarily suspended disconnections for non-payment. For those having difficulty paying bills or late fees, Rocky Mountain Power can help. Call anytime at 1-888-221-7070 for assistance.