The Butterfield PeaksThe Butterfield Peaks are located just west of the Kennecott Mining operation. At about 9,370 feet in elevation, these peaks are around 1,000 feet lower than the surrounding mountains. This lower elevation causes these peaks to have a desert type of topography, much like the Stansburry and House Ranges. These desert characteristics make The Butterfield Peaks unlike any other mountain in the Oquirrh Range. The best time of year for checking out these peaks for yourself is during the summer and fall months. It is during these months that the trail is much easier to find and the wildlife is much more abundent. During the winter and spring all of Butterfield Canyon is closed to vehical traffic and Middle Canyon is only open for the first 2 miles, making the approach much further than it needs to be. The peaks unusual easy access (in the summer), unique desert charateristics, various wildlife critters, and the outstanding views of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Ranges, when all combined, make an excellent excuse to check out The Butterfield Peaks for yourself.
Getting ThereFrom I-15 get off at the 12300 South Exit. Turn west and follow 12300 South as it becomes 12600 South. Shortly after Bangerter Highway start looking for a street on your left named "Herriman Main Street". Make a left at this intersection.
After passing some schools and Herriman's version of a main street, continue driving on the same road as it becomes 13100 South. At a 25mph curve in the road look for the unmarked entrance to Butterfield Canyon.
Much like the Scenic Aspen Grove Loop in American Fork Canyon, this road is very narrow. Although it is paved all the way to the pass, rocks from the side hills cover the road making it appear like a dirt road at times. Watch for mountain bikers, wildlife as well as other vehicals while driving this road. Once at the pass make a left turn into the dirt parking lot. Please respect the slow speed limit on this road way.