Unita-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

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Unita-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Utah

(801) 625-5306

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Overview

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offers seemingly countless recreational activities for the 1.8 million people residing in nearby cities and towns. Year round, the Forest has something for every age and ability. In the summer, you can swim, fish, hike, picnic, view wildlife, drive the scenic byways, or ride the OHV trails. During winter, you can ski (downhill, cross country, telemark), snowmobile, and snow shoe or sled with your dogs. Many designated areas and trails for traditional pastimes, such as horseback riding and hunting, can also be found on the Forest. Most visits are short, usually lasting a day or afternoon. But if you want to stay longer, take advantage of the campgrounds, yurts, and backcountry camping sites.

Map of Wasatch-Cache Nat'l Forests

Latitude, Longitude: 40.824722, -111.796532

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Activities

  • Boating

    Please call regarding boating and regulations.

  • Bicycling

    You may ride your bike on any open forest road or trail unless it is specifically closed to mountain bike use. Trails in the Wilderness Areas are always closed to mountain biking. Mountain bikes and other similar mechanical devices are prohibited by law in congressionally designated Wilderness Areas. On the Wasatch-Cache, there are seven Wildernesses encompassing 309,000 acres and comprising approximately 25% of forest lands.

    Even so, many diverse miles of roads and trails are open to mountain biking. Visitors may use any of these routes year round, as conditions on the ground allow. There are no permits, fees, or registration required for individuals and small groups.

    Expect to share the forest with others, including hikers, horseback riders, off-highway vehicle riders, timber cutters, hunters, and bird watchers, so learn to share the trail, practice Trail Safety and Leave No Trace.

    Expect to carry and walk your bike for considerable distances on most of the trails on the national forests. Most trails were constructed for hiking, and are not maintained for continuous mountain bike riding. Trails are narrow and sometimes steep and are always pretty rough due to rock.

    Stay on national forest land or public roads. Do not trespass on private land. It is your responsibility to be sure you are on national forest land. Avoid riding during the hunting seasons, if possible. If you do ride during hunting season, consider wearing blaze orange. If you see a hunter, alert him or her of your approach.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Enjoy a scenic drive.

  • Camping

    Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offers many opportunities for camping: over 70 developed campgrounds, two rental cabins, and three yurt systems as well as numerous opportunities for backcountry or dispersed camping throughout the Forest. These sites are within easy reach of many of the forests' recreational opportunities. Be sure to learn about and follow Forest rules and regulations during your trip. When camping with OHVs, review the OHV Rules before heading out.

  • Fishing

    On the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, there are a variety of flat water and stream fisheries. As you fish the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, you are asked to help the forest and keep it enjoyable by packing out all of the materials you bring in.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is a great way to discover the Wasatch-Cache National Forest - for visit of almost any age and ability level. With more than 1,700 miles of trails, the Forest has one to fit just about everybody. Some trails are easy and fun for families with small children; some paths make great half-day hikes. Other trails can lead to a backpacking adventure for a night or much longer. Wilderness trails are the most primitive and best suited for experienced hikers who enjoy strenuous activities.

    Please remember that many of these trails are multiple-use. Non-motorized trails are limited to hikers and horses, with some trails open to mountain bikes. A few trails are open to both motorized and non-motorized users. Wilderness trails are closed to all types of motor vehicles and mechanical transport, including bicycles, wagons and carts. Guided hikes may also be available at some locations. Practicing trail etiquette will ensure that everyone on the trail has an enjoyable experience.

    Please practice Trail Safety and Leave No Trace to make your visit safe and enjoyable while protecting resources for all to enjoy.

    Most trails have some type of regulation, fee or seasonal restriction, so it's wise to find out more about the specific trail you wish to explore before showing up at the trailhead. Parking and comfort stations exist at most trailhead locations. Stop by the District Visitor Center for maps and specific information before heading out or click on one of the District's below for more information.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offers many magnificent and breath-taking areas for horse users to experience. However, not all trails on the forest are designated for use by horses and pack/stock animals (mules, burro, lamas, goats). In Salt Lake County, Millcreek Canyon is the only canyon that horseback riding is allowed, due to Salt Lake City watershed restrictions (no domestic animals are allowed in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons). All other trails in Davis, Tooele, Morgan, Weber, Box Elder, Rich, Cache, Summit, Wasatch, and Duchesne Counties in Utah and Uinta County in Wyoming are open to horses and pack/stock animals. Horses and pack/stock animals are only permitted in developed campground with facilities that accommodate livestock.

  • Hunting

    Hunting has been practiced for generations on Forest Service land. However, it's more than a traditional pastime. Hunting also has an ecological benefit as it's one of many ways in which wildlife managers are able to keep wildlife populations in balance with the animal's habitat, human development and the natality and mortality of the animals.

    The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources manages hunting within the state. For information on seasons, licenses and other details, check their website or call their local hotline at 801-596-8660 or toll-free hotline: 1-877-592-5169.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    All routes and areas on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest are closed to motorized use unless designated open in the Motor Vehicle Use Map or posted on the ground. Additionally, motorized vehicles are no longer allowed off-designated routes to retrieve game.

    Its extremely important to protect your privilege and stay on designated routes. Motorized vehicles that stay on designated routes and ride responsibly result in virtually no additional resource damage.

    Before heading out for a ride, contact the District Visitor Center about barriers such as fences, rivers, cliffs or swamps; where rivers can be crossed and routes around swamps and cliffs. Get maps and learn how to use them. Power lines, strip mines, old railroad rights-of-way, logging roads are possible places to ride. In addition to District Visitor Centers, Forest or sportsman clubs, other trail users and 4-wheelers are good sources of information. To protect your privilege to recreate on public lands, always ride responsibly.

  • Picnicking

    The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is perfect place to spend the day picnicking in the great outdoors. Picnic areas provide people with the opportunity to have a picnic or barbecue with friends and family or a place simply to relax and enjoy the sounds and scent of nature. While Evanston and Mountain View Districts do not have area dedicated for solely for picnicking, visitors are more than welcome to set out a blanket and picnic the old fashioned way. Some picnic table within campgrounds area available to picnickers, as well.

  • RVing

    Please contact the forest about spaces available for RVs.

  • Water Sports

    Check in with the forest to find out what is available.

  • Winter Sports

    It's no secret that the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is a great place to ski and snowshoe. The world-renown powder snow draws millions of visitors to the forest each winter. Nearly 700,000 diverse acres are open to non-motorized winter activities, including 309,000 acres of designated wilderness area.

    However, many trails also are open to motorized and non-motorized users alike. While out recreating, a healthy dose of common courtesy will go a long ways to insure everyone has an enjoyable experience. Information on backcountry ski trails can be found in table at the bottom of the page. To learn more about areas open to motorized winter-use, please visit the Forests Snowmobiling webpage.

    Before heading out for a winter adventure, check the Utah Avalanche Center and Get to know the snow web pages for important information avalanche conditions, potential hazards, and safety guidelines. Be especially careful on sunny days, where the warm weather and clear sky can lull recreationists into a false sense of security. The sunniest days tend to be most dangerous in the snow-covered backcountry.

    Dogs are welcome in many areas of the forest, but prohibited in certain areas on the Wasatch Front to protect the watershed.

Park Partners

Intermountain Natural History Association

Intermountain Natural History Association is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to aid the educational and scientific activities of the National Park Service at Dinosaur and Fossil Butte national monuments, the U.S. Forest Service at the Ashley, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache national forests and the Bureau of Land Management at the John Jarvie Historic Property in Browns Park. The profits from all bookstore sales are donated back to these public lands. Since INHA's inception in 1956, donations have exceeded $2.5 million.

Donations are given to the agencies to support specific activities or projects. These can include production and printing of newspapers, construction of information kiosks, or the financing of roadside displays, trail guides, and handouts. INHA donations help to purchase items as large as the cast skeleton of Allosaurus at Dinosaur, and as small as a roll of film for documenting projects.

The organization was founded in 1956 as the Dinosaur Nature Association. In 1999, it expanded beyond its relationship with the National Park Service to begin serving the USDA Forest Service and the BLM. To better reflect these relationships, in 2002 it officially became Intermountain Natural History Association.

INHA's offices are located just outside the Dinosaur National Monument boundary on the Utah side of the park, four miles north of US Highway 40 on Utah State Road 149. The physical address is: 2430 South 9500 East Jensen, UT 84035 Turn north at the Sinclair station!

(800) 845-3466

Directions

Driving

The Wasatch-Cache National Forests cover a significant area of Northern Utah. Call to find which area best suits your plans.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(801) 625-5306

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