This Forest is popular for its multiple recreation uses. This Forest is popular to visit in the summer because of the cool temperatures and high elevations (ranging from 8,000' to 13,500'). Backpacking is especially popular since the Districts feature the gateway to Utah's highest point, Kings Peak (13,528'), and access to other challenging peaks in the High Uinta Wilderness areas. The Districts also have many places to day hike, mountain bike, or ride your horse or OHV. Hunting and fishing are also favorite pastimes. During the winter, several areas are designated for snowmobiling or cross country skiing, which is increasingly in popularity.
This Ranger District is fast becoming a four-season destination. The mountainous terrain and abundant lakes invite visitors to hike, camp, fish, ride mountain bikes, backpack and ride off-highway vehicles in the summer. During the winter, the quality snow draws legions of backcountry skiers, dog sledders and snow mobilers.
Outdoor enthusiasts can participate in a vast range of activities on the District. In the summer, activities include hiking, camping, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, OHV riding as well as long time traditions such as hunting and fishing. The onset of winter doesn't slow down the action. Once the ground is blanked with a thick layer of snow, visitors can snowmobile, cross country ski or snow shoe across the District's infamous powder.
From May through September, the District is very busy place especially on the weekends. On Pineview Reservoir, visitors can indulge in water sports such as boating, swimming and fishing. Camping is also available at Pineview. Summer visitors can take a scenic drive, hike, bike, watch birds and wildlife, and ride thier OHVs. Winter activities include snowmobiling, downhill and cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and ice-fishing.
The moutainous Salt Lake Ranger District is the classic "urban" forest where more than a million people reside in the adjacent Salt Lake, Davis and Tooele Counties. The annual snowpack is both an important source of water for local communities and a draw for alpine skiiers worldwide seeking the "Greatest Snow on Earth." The District's proximity, scenic beauty, and year-round recreation opportunities means that it is a beloved and busy place. An ongoing challenge for the District is to carefully balance the natural resource capabilities with public needs and desires. The public, in turn, plays a crucial role in keeping the District a vibrant place to visit and play.