Brighton — Getting there and around
By air and train: Salt Lake City is a major transportation hub, so flights are numerous. Amtrak also serves the city. Many companies provide well organized ground transportation. When you make lodging reservations, ask about ground transportation arrangements and most properties will make them for you. You also can go directly to the shuttle desks in the airport.
By car: Brighton is about 25 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in Big Cottonwood Canyon on State Hwy. 190 (Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd.). The most direct route from downtown and the airport is east on I-80, south on I-215, take 6200 South exit (turns into Wasatch Blvd.), then follow the signs to Solitude and Brighton.
Getting around: During the day, UTA buses run between Solitude and Brighton for $1.50 (exact fare required).If you want to really explore and go back and forth between Salt Lake City and the resort, a car is your best bet. If you don’t like to eat at the same place twice, or if you like nightlife, we recommend staying at the bottom of the canyon or in Salt Lake City (see Salt Lake City links throughout the Brighton pages). There is no public transportation at night between Salt Lake City and the canyon.
If you stay in Salt Lake City, you can take the Utah Transit Authority light rail (UTA TRAX) from downtown and transfer to a UTA ski bus to take you to any of the Cottonwood Canyon resorts. Be prepared to make transfers and pay close attention to bus schedules associated with going up and down the canyon. This is convenient and very affordable. The rail cars and buses are remarkably clean. It costs $6 round trip for a Ski Pass. Ski buses have different daily weekday and weekend schedules. They start at 6:53 a.m., stop around the city and at 10 different hotels. Plan for about an hour total travel time. The only drawback: On Sunday, TRAX doesn’t run from downtown until after 10 a.m. If you want to get to the resorts early, you can call a cab (about $25 one way; still cheaper than renting a car) to take you to the ski bus stop. You also can ride the Utah Transit Authority ski buses for $3 round trip from the park-and-ride at the canyon’s mouth to any of the Cottonwood Canyon resorts (exact fare is required).
Another transportation alternative to get to the resorts are the private transportation services such as Canyon Hop at 801-860-Skii (7544), which is $36 per person round trip from Park City to any of the four Cottonwood Canyon resorts. Canyon Transportation at 800-255-1841, offers a $56 per person round trip from Salt Lake City to the resorts.
Here are details about getting to Salt Lake City.