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Butterfield and Middle Canyons in the Oquirrh Mountains in Utah. Butterfield and Middle Canyons
Scenic Backway

Butterfield and Middle Canyons Scenic Backway
Uinta-Wasatch Cache National Forest
Supervisor`s Office
8236 Federal Building
125 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah  84121
Phone: 801-236-3400



A road passes up Butterfield Canyon, crosses over the Oquirrh Mountains, then descends Middle Canyon to provide a passage between the towns of Herriman and Tooele. After climbing 3,800 feet you'll reach Butterfield Saddle where there is a parking area. A vehicle road heads off to the north to an overlook above the world's largest open-pit copper mine in Bingham Canyon. The overlook has great views across the Salt Lake Valley to the Wasatch Range, and from the Great Salt Lake south to Utah Lake. From the south end of the parking area there is a trail that leads off to several of the higher peaks in the Oquirrh range.

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Distance: 26.5 miles


  • Butterfield Pass: 7,782 feet
  • Overlook: 8,956 feet






Picnic areas along the paved portion of Middle Canyon.


You can drive the road up and down these canyons from either direction.

  • From Tooele, on the west side: Begin at Main Street and go east on Vine.
  • From Herriman, on the east side: From I-15, take the Bangerter Highway and head west. After the highway curves north, turn left on 126th south (traffic light and big pedestrian overpass). 126th becomes 131st. As you pass through Herriman keep to the right as the road curves north at a fork. Turn left at a sign saying "Wild Horse Center."


Map Coordinates (NAD83):

  • East Side: 40 30.795N; 112 05.507W
  • Butterfield Pass: 40 29.080N; 112 10.634W
  • Overlook: 40 29.954N; 112 10.657W
  • West Side, Mouth of Canyon: 40 31.916N; 112 16.369W


The road is closed in winter.

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Regulations and Precautions

  • There are no facilities of any kind along this 27 mile stretch of paved and graded road.
  • There are many tight, narrow curves in the road, and the road is sometimes heavily traveled, so be aware of oncoming traffic.

Butterfield and Middle Canyons in the Oquirrh Mountains in Utah.


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