Albion Basin

The Location

Albion Basin is at the heart of the Wasatch Mountains in Alta, Utah. This basin is covered in wildflowers during the summer months of July and August. When the wildflowers are in bloom, they have a Wild Flower Festival which includes taking people on tours to see them. They ask that you don't walk through the flower fields and damage them while the Wild Flower Festival is in progress. Dogs are not allowed.

Permits are no longer required

$10 Parking Pass is required if you're wanting to park past the toll booth. Free parking is available if you park before you hit the toll booth and walk up the trail.

For filming at Albion Basin, you must email Ben Kraja at arben.kraja@usda.gov to inform them of your project.

Directions

On the east side of Salt Lake City take I-215 to the 6200 South off-ramp. Drive south following the road signs to Alta Ski Resort. Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon to the end of the paved road. Continue on the unpaved road until you get to the very end parking lot near Albion Basin Campground. The last mile or two of this road are in Albion Basin.

Once you pass the toll booth to head up to Albion Basin there are two small parking lots (one at the top of the hill and one at the campground sites). Make sure not to park on the side of the road - you will be ticketed or towed. They fill up quickly, so plan accordingly.
If you would rather not risk getting a spot in the parking lot, you can park at the base near the toll booth and hike the small trail on the south/east side up the mountain. You can hike up (it is a fairly easy trail- but if you are having clients hike make sure they are prepared) and after about half a mile you will find plenty of spots for photos.
Make sure to stay on the trails - if you are taking photos off of the trail you will get a hefty fine. Bathrooms are available at the base of the trail before you hike up- however these may close before your shoot as the hours vary per season.

Tips From Other Creatives In The Tribe

Parking is REALLY scarce. Carpool by meeting your client at the bottom of the canyon if possible.

More Information

Scouter is not affiliated with this location, and we don't operate any scheduling for them. Bookings for this location CANNOT be made on this webpage or through Scouter in general. This page just for convenience and is for information ONLY.

For more info from them, click the link below:
U.S. Forest Service

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Space Type: Public (some fees required)
Capacity (People): 500
Food Allowed?:
Yes
No
Children Allowed?:
Yes
No
Animals Allowed?:
Yes
No
Smoking Allowed?:
Yes
No
Amount of Privacy: Not Private

Public discussion (2)

Madi S

21 days ago

Just letting you know dogs are not allowed.

Scouter Team

21 days ago

Thank you! We'll get that added.

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