UDOT encourages drivers to get Cottonwood Canyons sticker for winter driving

However, the sticker does not guarantee canyon access

UTAH — Ahead of what could be another busy winter season, the Utah Department of Transportation has expanded the Cottonwood Canyons Sticker Program, offering increased convenience for drivers. Free inspections run from November 1 to February 28, 2024.

According to UDOT, per dozens of drivers lined up on Wednesday, Nov.1 to receive the verification sticker, which confirms that their vehicle is prepared to navigate the season. With 48 locations across the region participating this year, obtaining a sticker has never been easier.

While the sticker is not obligatory to access either canyon, it serves as proof that a vehicle meets the necessary tire conditions for winter storm conditions and traction laws. However, the sticker does not guarantee canyon access.

Drivers must first complete an online form before contacting one of the 48 approval locations to request an inspection. This year’s program has enlisted partners such as Big O Tires, Burt Brothers Tire & Service, CJ’s Pit Crew, Les Schwab Tire Centers, Mercedes-Benz Van Center, and Young Bros Auto-Midvale.

During the inspection, the vehicle’s tires will be assessed to ensure appropriate tread depth or the presence of chains, depending on the type of drive the vehicle has. If the inspection passes, drivers will receive a compliant sticker. In cases where the vehicle fails the inspection, drivers will need to acquire the necessary tires in order to obtain a sticker.

With the expanded program and improved process, Utah’s Cottonwood Canyons Sticker Program aims to streamline winter travel and enhance safety on the roads.

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