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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest|




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The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the 12 National Forests in the Intermountain Region as well as one of the urban National Forests in the Forest Service System.  It covers an area that includes northern and north-central Utah, and southwestern Wyoming.  This area also includes the larges population center within the State of Utah, which is known as the Wasatch Front.  The Forest is heavily influenced and impacted from over a million people living in close proximity.

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has a net acreage of 2,169,596 acres.  It is divided into seven Ranger Districts: Salt Lake, Kamas/Heber, Ogden, Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork, and Logan in Utah; adn Evanston/Mountain View in Wyoming.  Scenic beauty on the Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities throughout the year.  Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, etc., you can find the recreational experience you are seeking.  Because of the abundance of recreation opportunities and the large urban population along the Wasatch Front, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the most heavily visited in the entire National Forest System.

Permitted sheep and cattle graze on the National Forest.  These lands are managed not only for livestock and wildlife, but also for protection of critical watersheds.  The Forest also manages over a half million acres of Wilderness.  Use of these wilderness areas continues to be popular for recreational activities.  Volunteerism is an important way in which work is accomplished on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Northern Utah and southwestern Wyoming enjoy four distinct seasons.  Temperatures ranger from an average low in the mid-teens in the winter to average highs in the summer in the low '90's.  Annual precipitation averages approximately 16 inches.


Where did the Forest get its name?

Uinta - a Native American word meaning "pine tree" or "pine forest"

Wasatch - a Ute Indian word meaning "low place in high mountains"

Cache - a French word referring to the caves used by trappers to hide their furs

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