Book Cliffs Recreation Area

Quick Facts

Book Cliffs Recreation Area

Utah

(435) 781-4400

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Things To Do

Overview

The Book Cliffs is a mountain range that covers nearly 200 miles from where the Colorado River descends south through De Beque Canyon into the Grand Valley to Price Canyon. This mountain range is largely composed of sedimentary materials. The name of the range comes from the cliffs of Cretaceous sandstones which cap many south facing buttes that appear similar to a shelf of books.

The Book Cliffs provide scenery ranging from the red rock often seen in Southern Utah to the usual green color of the Northern Alpine regions. The altitude ranges from around 8000 feet to 4500 feet, the differing altitude providing a variety of colors and smells. It begins about 50 air miles south of Vernal, Utah and extends south to the Book Cliffs divide. Towards the east is the Colorado/Utah state line. The Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation is on the west side of the Book Cliffs. Both southern Uintah County and northern Grand County are included.

Approximately 70% of the area is administered by the BLM, 25% by the School and Institutional Trust Land Administration (SITLA), and 5% is private.

Map of Book Cliffs Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 39.093831, -109.897614

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is not available.

  • Bicycling

    Contact the park for information on the nearest trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    There are no maintained roads in this area.

  • Camping

    Primitive camping is permitted. Visitors must practice leave no trace habits.

  • Climbing

    Climbing is not available.

  • Fishing

    Local fishing is available. Contact the park for more information.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is available.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is available.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is available, however contact the park's field office for more information.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    OHV use is extremely popular in Book Cliffs.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available. Please practice leave no trace habits.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife species in the area include mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, antelope, mountain lion, black bear, waterfowl, shorebirds, blue and sage grouse, golden eagle, numerous hawks and owls, as well as many species of small mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. On occasion, moose, bison and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep may be observed.

  • Winter Sports

    Please contact the park for information on seasonal sports.

Directions

Driving

The area begins about 50 air miles south of Vernal, Utah and extends south to the Book Cliffs divide.Towards the east is the Colorado/Utah state line. The Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation is on the west side of the Book Cliffs. Both southern Uintah County and northern Grand County are included.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(435) 781-4400

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