Special Places

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offers many attractions to visitors. Each provides a unique experiences.


American Fork Recreation Area

 Pleasant Grove RDAmerican Fork Recreation Area is a 46,000-acre backyard escape for the 1.8 million people living in the Wasatch Front Metro Area.  Attractions include Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Cascade Springs, Tibble Fork and Silver Lake Flat Reservoirs, and Wasatch Mountain State Park.  Trailheads lead adventure seekers into Mount Timpanogos and Lone Peak Wilderness Areas. 
American Fork Canyon is within the recreation fee area and can be accessed from the Alpine Loop Scenic Backway (SR-92).  The spectacular canyon walls in lower American Fork Canyon are deeply incised.  Higher up, the canyon forks into open basins with alpine peaks that top 11,000 feet.  The road then crosses over a divide into the north fork of the provo canyon, with views of Mount Timpanogos and dazzling fall colors.

Wilderness Areas

Mount Olympus WildernessWilderness is defined as a portion of land set aside by the 1964 Congressional "Wilderness Act" that will remain unspoiled for future generations. The "Wilderness Act" gave the U.S. Forest Service a mandate to manage these special lands so they would be "an enduring resource," one that would remain "unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as wilderness." In contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate that landscape, a wilderness is recognized as an area '…where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain". Wilderness areas are generally over 5,000 acres in size and may contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.

Scenic Byways

Nebo Loop Scenic BywayThe Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is host to eight national scenic byways. A brief description is provided but for more information, you can visit the National Scenic Byway website or you can click on the 'more' button to find out highway numbers, distance, time to allow, recreation opportunities and maps of the area.
  • Bear Lake
  • Big Cottonwood Canyon
  • Little Cottonwood Canyon
  • Mirror Lake Highway
  • Ogden River
  • Provo Canyon