Heber-Kamas Ranger District
Acres: (Kamas: 185,922)
Counties: Summit, Wasatch, Duchesne
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The Kamas portion of the Heber / Kamas Ranger District, located 45 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, is nestled in the foothills of the Uinta Mountains. The District encompasses more than 180,000 acres where the elevation rises dramatically – from 6500 feet to 11,943 feet at the peak of Bald Mountain. The main thoroughfare on the District, the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, wends its way north through a labyrinth of lakes, vistas and peaks towards the Evanston Ranger District and into Wyoming. The Byway is the main access to nearly 400 lakes found in the Uinta Mountain Range. The Uinta Mountains run east to west, rather than the typical north-south orientation, a unique featured shared by few mountain ranges in the world.
Heber-Kamas Ranger District -(435) 654-0470 or(435)783-4338
Utah Department of Transportation Upper State Road 150 (Mirror Lake Highway) project. Upper S.R. 150 Construction to begin from Sulphur Campground (MP 38.98) to Bear River Service (MP 48.40) on June 20, 2022. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is to perform pavement maintenance on S.R. 150 from milepost 38.98 near the Sulphur Campground to milepost 48.40 at the Bear River Service in Summit County. This project will create a better driving surface for the area, address roadway deficiencies, and improve roadway safety. The project consists of rehabilitating the current pavement by leveling travel lanes with asphalt where needed, placing a chip seal on the roadway surface to provide better traction, replacing pavement markings and necessary signs, and conducting maintenance at the bridges located at milepost 45.6 and 48.3. All work will be limited to the existing roadway. For questions, concerns or updates for the Upper S.R. 150 Project, contact: Kim Clark
Hotline: (801) 903-8327 (call/text) E-mail: email@example.com
Lower State Road 150 (Mirror Lake Highway) Lower S.R. 150 Construction from MP13.5 to MP 15.5 (Soapstone Campground) to begin June 27, 2022. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will be improving two sections of roadway 14 miles East of Kamas on S.R. 150. This Highway Safety Improvement Project (HSIP) is part of UDOT's effort to enhance safety along this stretch of roadway. The work will include installing rumble strips, guardrail and widening of the asphalt surface at varied locations. Additionally, extra safety related roadway signage, striping and enhanced drainage/erosion controls are to be installed. For questions, concerns or updates for the Lower S.R. 150 Project, contact: Jeffery Putzke Hotline: 801-652-4008 (call/text)
What to Expect for All Construction Zones. Work in both areas will take place Monday through Thursday from sunrise to sunset. One lane in each direction will be maintained when crews are not working including weekends. Upper Sections of S.R. 150 will be a moving operation with flagging in place. Flagging operations will take place in 3 miles sections. Lower S.R. 150 will have temporary traffic signals in place to facilitate the one lane traffic. Approximately 5-15 minute delays are anticipated. Please pay close attention to the flaggers, pilot trucks, and signs in the area. Work will take two to three months to complete in both areas. Please use caution when driving through the work zone and pay close attention to the flaggers, pilot trucks, and signs in the area.
- The Mirror Lake Highway is open
- The Heber Ranger District office is closed to public entry Monday, Wednesday and Friday's please call 435-783-4338 for assistance.
- In order to provide for your safety and that of our employees, consider purchasing your Mirror Lake Highway Recreation Pass on yourpassnow.com. If you do not have access to a printer, write the transaction number on a Fee Envelope with your vehicle’s information. For your convenience, you can pay your fee from your phone by going to yourpassnow.com and selecting the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache from the dropdown menu. Be sure to enter your vehicle's license plate when asked to do so. Your entrance pass is delivered via email and can be used immediately, stored on a mobile device, or printed for future use.
- Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update
- Snowmobile Trail Grooming
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.
The Beaver Creek ski trail, on the Heber-Kamas Ranger District was groomed Tuesday, January 13th. With the warm weather the snow has been melting and refreezing so conditions are not ideal for skiing. Dogs are allowed on odd days. The trail will be groomed again when it snows.
Wildlife and Plants
The District’s high altitude ecosystems host a diverse range of plants and animals -- from the regal Douglas fir to the industrious beaver. Astute visitors can spot many carefully crafted beaver-built dams along the Byway’s streams and rivers, which often assuage catastrophic flooding during high-water years. Beavers are more than intriguing animals with flat tails and lustrous fur. American Indians called the beaver the "sacred center" of the land because this species creates rich habitats for other mammals, fish, turtles, frogs, birds and ducks. And, so it goes on the Kamas District. At the lower elevations, stands of giant legacy Ponderosa Pines dot the landscape. Trees within this unique stand pre-date white settlement and extend as far back in time as the Late Prehistoric era.
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