Destination guide

Chill out in Brighton, where Salt Lakers learn to ski

With all the top-notch ski resorts in the area it's hard to stand out, but Brighton does just that, thanks to its unpretentious and laid-back vibe. Full of friendly local establishments, the town is particularly popular with young snowboarders. If you're thinking of taking to the slopes for the first time, a Brighton vacation rental is perfect -- many locals first learned to ski and board here. Perched atop Big Cottonwood Canyon, the chilled-out hamlet lays claim to some of the best snow around, seeing hundreds and hundreds of inches of dry, fluffy powder each year.

Things to do

Stay ahead of the curve in beautiful Brighton

Many of Brighton's best attractions are of the natural variety. The stunning S-Curve Area offers some of the best rock climbing for miles around, while there's lots of sunshine for picnicking at Storm Mountain. There are plenty of manmade wonders on tap at a Brighton vacation rental, too. No trip to the Salt Lake City area would be complete without a visit to Temple Square, the site of the city's famous Mormon temple. While you're downtown, pay a visit to the Hogle Zoo and the state capitol building. Art lovers won't want to miss the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.


The skiing doesn't stop just because the sun goes down

In addition to some of the best downhill under the sun, Brighton is renowned as a top night skiing destination (and some seriously laid-back apres ski to boot). If you're not a skier, fear not -- there's still plenty to do. Silver Lake offers hiking trails, a scenic boardwalk, and picnic areas, and it's stocked with tons of trout for fishing. Ranger tours bring you up close and personal with the local wildlife. Big Cottonwood Canyon features 15 miles of hiking, biking, and rock climbing terrain, where you can discover hidden mountain lakes and breathtaking fields of wildflowers.


Your front row seat for the greatest snow on earth

Pack your snow boots when you head to your Brighton vacation rental, because you'll see plenty of the white stuff. The mountain averages over 500 inches of prime, fluffy powder each year. Expect to see below-freezing temps as early as October and as late as May, especially from December to February, when the mercury might never break the freezing point. Summers are mild thanks to the high elevations and cool mountain breezes, with highs just tipping into the low 70s in the warmest months of July and August.

Natural features

Way up here where the air is crystal clear

Soaring nearly 9,000 feet above sea level, Brighton is the epitome of invigorating mountain living. Overlooking the jagged cliffs, bowls, and chutes that make up scenic Big Cottonwood Canyon, the town sits in the heart of the stunning Wasatch Range. Big Cottonwood Creek is stocked with loads of trout, and it's not uncommon to see a moose or two wandering by. The beauty of the glittering mountain lakes is rivaled only by the lush fields of rainbow-colored wildflowers that blanket the hills when the snows melt.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Brighton

The nearest airport is in Salt Lake City, UT (SLC-Salt Lake City Intl.), located 22.7 mi (36.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Provo, UT (PVU), which is 28.7 mi (46.1 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Brighton?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,588 vacation rentals near Brighton. From 40 Cabins to 768 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Brighton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Brighton?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Brighton:

  • Brighton Mountain Resort: 140 vacation rentals
  • Snowbird: 130 vacation rentals
  • Park City Mountain Resort: 1,861 vacation rentals
  • Canyons Resort: 1,268 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 1,716 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Brighton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Brighton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Silver Lake Information Center: 5,587 vacation rentals
  • Majestic Ski Lift: 5,580 vacation rentals
  • Utah Olympic Park: 5,551 vacation rentals
  • University of Utah: 3,712 vacation rentals
  • Sundance Ski Resort: 3,402 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Brighton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Brighton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 40 Cabins in Brighton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Brighton include:

  • Houses: 768 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 2,546 rentals available
  • Cottages: 40 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Lodges and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Brighton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,495 vacation rentals with pool available in Brighton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Explore destinations around Brighton

    Park City
    4,957 vacation rentals
    Salt Lake City
    769 vacation rentals
    521 vacation rentals
    Heber City
    4,809 vacation rentals
    4,939 vacation rentals
    145 vacation rentals
    681 vacation rentals
    4,889 vacation rentals
    201 vacation rentals
    Cottonwood Heights
    724 vacation rentals
    785 vacation rentals
    576 vacation rentals
    4,859 vacation rentals
    661 vacation rentals
    4,767 vacation rentals
    697 vacation rentals
    664 vacation rentals
    Pleasant Grove
    303 vacation rentals
    811 vacation rentals
    Kimball Junction
    4,638 vacation rentals