The History of
the Lodge

Early construction at the Lodge Lodge in the snow Wasatch Mountain Club members at the Lodge Wasatch Mountain Club members on the Lodge's porch

A History Worthy of the Mountains

In 1929, the early founding members of the Wasatch Mountain Club, built the Lodge as an overnight and weekend destination, when travel in and out of Big Cottonwood Canyon was significantly more difficult. In fact, the early members of the club built the first rope tow at Brighton for their weekend adventures. It later became one of the chair lifts at the Brighton Ski Resort. The Lodge is one of the only remaining original log buildings in the Brighton area. Its history and importance has allowed it to be listed on the National History Register of Historic Places.

The Wasatch Mountain Club owned and operated the Lodge from the time was built in 1929 until November 2010 when the Wasatch Mountain Club's membership voted to transfer ownership and operation of the Lodge to the Wasatch Mountain Club Foundation. The Foundation is an IRS 501(C) (3) charitable corporation which is a separate entity from the Wasatch Mountain Club but closely related to and supported by the club. The Lodge is for use by the general public on a daily or overnight basis for weddings, family gatherings, parties, retreats and meetings. Those using the Lodge are asked to pay a use fee to support upkeep, maintenance and preservation of the Lodge.

Through the years there have been a number of improvements to the Lodge. One of the most significant improvements was the addition of modern bathrooms. The building now has a purified potable water supply, flushing toilets, showers, and hydronic heating for the bathrooms. Most recently, the water system was reclassified from a private water source to a public water source. There are significantly different regulations between the two classifications. The project to update the water system took several years to complete and a total investment of close to $35,000, which was provided by generous donations from Lodge supporters and a state endowed grant. The water system is now 100% up to code and the Lodge users benefit daily from this significant improvement.

Throughout the Lodge’s 85-year history it has seen many visitors including outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world, weddings, charitable groups, avalanche safety courses, yoga seminars, music groups, dancing groups, movie sets, and business retreats. The possibilities are endless with this large and versatile building. The main floor can handle parties of 80-100 people comfortably. There are outdoor porches, several picnic tables, and large outdoor barbeque areas for summertime use. Sleeping accommodations are located on the second floor of the Lodge, where two dormitory style rooms are capable of sleeping a total of 20 people. If you are interested in using the lodge, but need more information, please visit our VRBO page.

Please consider donating to the Lodge to help preserve it's history, so future generations can continue to enjoy the natural beauty of Brighton and Big Cottonwood Canyon.