Officials from the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and Town of Alta have announced that Albion Basin Road will open for the summer season on Thursday, July 4th. The heavily visited alpine area at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon is renowned for wildflower viewing, hiking, and photography.
The Town of Alta will sponsor a limited free shuttle service to help reduce automobile traffic into Albion Basin. The shuttle will transport forest visitors from the end of the paved Little Cottonwood Canyon road (SR 210), in the Town of Alta, 2.5 miles to the upper end of Albion Basin road. Shuttle service begins Thursday, July 4th, 2013, and will operate on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), and holidays (July 24th, and Labor Day).
Two 14-passenger vans will operate between 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. The shuttle will have three pick-up and drop-off points: the lower Albion Base Parking Lot, Sunnyside Parking Area/Catherine’s Pass Trailhead, and Cecret Lake Trailhead at Albion Basin Campground. The last van will depart from the Cecret Lake Trailhead at the upper end of the road at 5:00 p.m. While the shuttle is not mandatory, visitors are encouraged to park their cars at the base in the Albion parking lot and utilize this service on weekends and holidays to reduce resource impacts along the gravel road.
Due to limited parking in Albion Basin and public safety concerns along the road, traffic restrictions sometimes occur especially during weekends and holiday periods. Forest visitors are encouraged to consider visiting during non-peak periods and plan alternate hiking routes during these peak periods. Roadside parking on the Albion Basin road is prohibited. Visitors are also encouraged to hike into Albion Basin from the base area via Albion Meadows Trail as an alternative to driving the road.
Site reservations for the popular Albion Basin Campground Albion Basin Campground are available beginning July 18, 2013. Reservations may be made through the following web site, http://www.recreation.gov/, or by calling 1-877-444-6777. The campground may open earlier depending upon snowmelt; with sites available on a first-come, first-served sites basis should the campground open before July 18th.
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