About the Area
The Manti-La Sal National Forest, a 1.4 million acre mountain range, occupies parts of central and southeastern Utah, as well as parts of Colorado. Offering everything from scenic hikes to thrilling off-road adventures and memorable experiences, the forest has something for everyone. During your visit, be sure to check out surrounding areas and all they have to offer. For more information, check out the links below.
The Bears Ears National Monument is the 12th national monument managed by the Forest Service, and the fifth managed jointly with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management. Monuments generally preserve current uses of the land, including tribal access for traditional plant and firewood gathering and for ceremonial purposes. Current uses also include recreation, grazing, hunting and fishing and water and utility infrastructure.
The Arapeen OHV Trail system is located in south central Utah on the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Over 350 miles of ATV and 4X4 routes are included in the system. The backbone of the system is the scenic South Skyline Drive which is a rugged 4X4 experience for most of its 58-mile length from Utah Highway 31 on the north to the Fishlake National Forest boundary on the south.
The Swell is a playground for the whole family. With several popular hikes in the region that take you through slot canyons (Little Wild Horse Canyon) to breathtaking vistas (the Wedge Overlook) and in an amongst the goblins in Goblin Valley, this area offers a wide variety of family adventures. In addition to getting out in nature, the museums in and around the Swell welcome visitors of all ages. From the Museum of the San Rafael and Pioneer Museum to the John Wesley Powell River Museum, visitors can go back in time and learn about the region from when dinosaurs roamed the land up to the present.
You've heard about Utah's world-class outdoor recreation and spectacular landscapes. But have you experienced Utah's thriving restaurant scene, rich selection of museums, cultural attractions and luxury travel experiences? Explore here to customize your perfect Utah vacation: www.visitutah.com.
There are so many things to do and places to see in and around the corridor, from the remarkable beauty of Nine Mile Canyon to the Historic Main Street of Downtown Helper, you won't run out of places and activities to Explore in the Corridor. Check out more of what the Corridor has to offer here: www.carbonutah.com/explore-the-corridor.
Utah's Canyon Country is a land of contrasts at the heart of the Colorado Plateau, where tremendous geologic activity has created a unique desert and mountain environment. Covered with deep canyons and high mountains there is a 10,000 foot difference in elevation throughout San Juan County, the La Sal Mountains rise to over 13,000 feet (3,962.4 meters) and Lake Powell is close to 3,000 feet (914.4 meters). With this elevation change comes drastic changes in geology, biology, and opportunities for outdoor adventure. Learn more about the region here: www.utahscanyoncountry.com.
National parks are America's crown jewels, inspiring awe and wonder. Moab's iconic national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, attract visitors from all over the world but our public lands include more than national parks. The town of Moab is surrounded by scenic rivers, forests, a state park and thousands of square miles of ruggedly beautiful Bureau of Land Management land. Discover more about Moab at www.DiscoverMoab.com.
ATVing and dirt biking are popular on Sanpete’s many excellent trails, as well mountain biking, hiking, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. Several lakes in the area are less crowded than other Utah lakes and offer great boating, water skiing, fishing, and camping. The county is only about two hours drive south of Salt Lake City and offers most of the same recreational activities as the larger Wasatch Range, but without the crowds. Learn more about Sanpete here: www.sanpete.com.
Montrose County is found on Colorado’s western border with Utah. The county seat and largest city is Montrose. 2013’s population was estimated to be 40,713. Parks, forests, and protected wilderness areas abound here. A large and popular choice is Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, with the South Rim main entrance and Visitor Center accessed via Montrose. Learn more here: www.uncovercolorado.com/counties/montrose.
Mesa County is the fourth-largest county by area in Colorado, recording a 2010 population of 146,723. Grand Junction, the county seat, is Colorado’s 15th most populous city. Grand Junction serves as a major hub of commerce and transport, and most recently, a popular mountain biking destination, thanks to the Tabeguache and Kokopelli trails. Learn more about the area here: www.uncovercolorado.com/counties/mesa.