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One of the benefits of living in Utah is the incredible access to the outdoors. Anywhere on the Wasatch Front is within a thirty minute drive of the mountains. On this adventure with the tots, I joined some friends from the Rocky Mountain Mommas meetup group for a campfire at Storm Mountain Amphitheater picnic area in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City.
My nephew, the tots and I loved exploring everything Storm Mountain had to offer. The boys loved climbing on the big rocks and foraging through the forest near our group campsite (number 1). We cooked hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire, and discovered some awesome s’mores techniques. (Try topping your roasting marshmallow with a rolo. When you pull it off the candy will sink inside the mallow!)
Big E spent most of his time running around with the older boys but little g was much more interested in following the wildlife. In addition to a visiting crow, attacking moth, hungry deer and some bugs, little g was a big fan of a duck named Donna that waddled up for a visit several times during our adventure. Big E liked the duck for other reasons.
Storm Mountain Amphitheater Picnic area is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. A river meanders through the picnic area, it’s melodic gurgling combining with other sounds of wildlife to make a forest symphony.The tots loved throwing rocks in the water, which seems to be their favorite outdoor pastime anywhere we go.
In my opinion, the best feature of the area was the playground located at the base of the Storm Mountain. Here Big E, little g and cousin Adam ran, climbed and slid amidst the wafting smell of campfire smoke and crisp fresh air. Storm Mountain Amphitheater is a rock climbers playground as well, with several routes headed up the jagged crags around the trails.
The picnic area gets its name from the amphitheater that was built by workers during the great depression. It’s a picturesque location for a group activity, set beside the backdrop of rocky crags and verdant forest. The fee for a single family picnic site is eight dollars, sixteen for a double site. With all the fun my kids had I think that was money well spent.