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Cottonwood Heights Utah Real Estate Market & Area Guide

Cottonwood Heights is unofficially dubbed the “city between the canyons.” Outdoor recreation is premium in Utah and Cottonwood Heights offers easy access to some of the state’s most popular outdoor attractions.

This stunning young city was established in 2005. With a strong economic environment, new businesses are finding their way to this east bench metropolis regularly. New businesses automatically become members of the Cottonwood Heights Business Association. The Shop Safe, Shop Local Campaign encourages people to support their hometown businesses and quality office space is a major attraction for professional services.

A family-friendly atmosphere is part of the package without a doubt; however, the city has cultivated a hipster vibe and a night life adults enjoy too. Enjoy hotspots like The Hog Wallow Pub, The Huddle Sports Bar and Grill and the Porcupine Pub & Grille.

The city also has an active Arts Council and a supportive arts community.


Early settlers traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mid-1800s. The Butler and McGee families were among the first to arrive in what we now know as Cottonwood Heights. In addition to homesteading and farming, many men spent their days harvesting lumber from a nearby canyon to meet the needs of a swelling population in Salt Lake. Others harvested granite from Little Cottonwood Canyon and chiseled it into blocks used to build the Salt Lake Mormon Temple. Still other residents shipped supplies up the canyon to meet the needs of those living in Alta and Mineral Basin.

“In the late 1800s, Butler’s great-grandfather, Leander Butler, and his five brothers settled the area just south of Holladay. Another prominent family, the McGees, settled the area, as well. When the town met to vote on a name, the six Butler brothers outnumbered the five McGee brothers and the town took on the majority’s namesake,” according to an article by Sara Elizabeth Payne published in the Oct. 7, 2005 Deseret News.

The original settlement was called Butlerville, some histories maintain it was named “Butler” and locals added the “ville” as a term of endearment.

Butler Precinct was established in 1877, as was Butler School District 57. A little further to the west, the community of Union was born. Union was the site of Union Fort built in 1853 to protect settlers from Native Americans and others considered foes that threatened residents there. Union encompassed a large area now divided into parts of Cottonwood Heights, Sandy and Midvale.

Those residents living on the east bench developed industries such as the Deseret News’ Cottonwood Paper Mill, sand and gravel pits and mining. Others raised poultry, fruit and other agricultural crops. The fur trade also became prominent there.

Although Cottonwood Heights is the newest city in the state, its roots run deep. More and more residents poured into the popular area.

“Prior to becoming a city, the area was represented by the Cottonwood Heights Community Council, which had been established in 1952. By the late 1990s, citizens began petitions to become its own city instead of being part of unincorporated Salt Lake County,” according to a Cottonwood Heights history titled, About Cottonwood Heights by Utah online.

Citizens voted on the name of the city, its form of government and other organizational matters and by January 2005 Cottonwood Heights was officially designated a city.


As with many communities on the Wasatch Front (the Wasatch Range is a part of the Rocky Mountain Range) the rugged, dramatic mountains are stunningly beautiful and an inspiration to nature lovers throughout the world. Cottonwood Heights rests in the shadows of those giants. The landscape on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley is one of wonder to be sure.

This community offers access to Big Cottonwood Canyon, Ferguson Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon and Mount Olympus.

Whether you golf, hike, walk ride a bike or love to take long Sunday drives, this city and the surrounding area will tickle every one of your five senses with distinct pleasure.

The city between two canyons strives to maintain a friendly business environment with quality office space and a local Shop Local, Stay Local campaign and an enthusiastic economic development committee.


The Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center is a great place for children and adults to practice their favorite sports and engage with other members of their community. The center is located at 7500 South 2700 East Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121. This family fitness complex offers swimming, ice-skating, cardio classes and a skate park.

Mountview Park at 1651 Fort Union Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121 features playgrounds, soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts as well as a fun splash pad! The basketball and tennis courts are very popular too.

Crestwood Park is located at 1673 E, Siesta Dr, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84093. This regional park is 58 acres of fun. Imagine tennis courts, horseshoes and a playground with several picnic tables nearby! Here you will find walking and jogging paths alongside Little Cottonwood Creek. Great news, there is also an outdoor pool here.

Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail is one of the newest trails in the Salt Lake Valley, according to an article published on the Intermountain Healthcare website. “This beautiful paved trail follows Big Cottonwood Creek for nearly two miles from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon to I-215. This hike has a little bit of everything as it passes by tall groves of trees a cascading river and incredible views of the Wasatch mountains.” The great thing about this park is that it is very accessible. A paved trail is perfect for hikers of all abilities. Even strollers and wheelchairs roll easily along this thrilling scenic route.

Cottonwood Heights offers easy access to so many of Utah’s most popular canyons; and it’s just a quick drive to Utah’s world-class ski resorts from here.


Hillside Plaza Shopping Center is a strip mall offering stores like:

  • Reams Market
  • Walgreens
  • Dollar Tree

You will find one stop shopping here at many convenient stores.

Trader Joe’s at 6989 S 1300 E, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84047 is a popular stop for the health-conscious in this bedroom community.

Cost Plus World Market is located at 6960 South Park Centre Drive Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121. Here you will find imported housewares, furniture, décor and specialty foods!

The Shops at Fort Union, 900 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047 also offers one-stop shopping for clothing, food, housewares and so much more!

Cottonwood Heights is a suburb of Salt Lake City and major shopping malls are located within minutes of the city.


Some of the top employers in Cottonwood Heights include:

  • University of Utah
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Academy Mortgage
  • Health Catalyst
  • University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


School Districts serving Cottonwood Heights are Canyons School District and Granite School District.


Cottonwood Heights is located in Salt Lake County.

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