The High Uintas Wilderness encompasses 456,705 acres and stretches nearly 60 miles east to west. It is a spectacular area with hundreds of glacier-formed lakes reflecting blue skies and Utah's highest peaks in clear, cold water. This area was legally designated as wilderness in 1984, by the Utah Wilderness Act. The intent of wilderness designation is to preserve parts of the earth as places dominated by natural forces, not man. People are visitors who do not remain, but who can watch and learn how nature works without human interference.
Because of this special designation, it is important for wilderness visitors to travel lightly with minimum impact on the land. Travel by foot or by horseback, in small groups. Hide your campsite away from lakes and trails so all visitors may have a peaceful and private experience. Keep fires small or use a camp stove. Keep your eyes and ears open to the beauty and wildness around you.
Before Entering the Wilderness - What You Need to Know
Each wilderness area in the country varies in size, climate, terrain and amount of human use. Due to these differences, each wilderness has unique management needs and regulations. Always check for changes in regulations before entering the wilderness. When traveling in the High Uintas, please, following these regulations:
Groups entering the wilderness must be no larger than 14 people and 15 head of stock. Groups exceeding the size limit must separate into groups of 14 or less and remain at least one mile apart on trails and while camping.
All campsites must be greater than 200 feet away from water sources, trails and other occupied campsites.
All litter must be carried out. Do not bury anything other than human waste, which should be buried 6 inches.
Horses may be tethered for no more than 1 hours within 200 feet of any water source.
Horses may not be tied to any tree for more than 1 hour and must be moved sooner if damage is occurring.
All feed and hay taken onto National Forest land must be tagged as "Certified Weed Free" by the county extension agent.
Campfires are not allowed in Naturalist Basin. Campstoves must be used for cooking.