Big John's CUA Dispersed

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Dispersed Camping Area. Located just south of the Tushar Mountain Peaks, Big John Flat area is a favorite recreational spot because of its large meadows that have spectacular scenery. This area also offers opportunities for winter sport enthusiasts such as snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Common vegetation includes Engelmann spruce, aspen and fir stands with large meadows. The general terrain is a large meadow encompassed by trees. This area is open to ATV use on designated roads and trails. Please help prevent erosion and soil compaction by staying on roads and main driving trails. Driving on the meadows creates ruts or channels that water flows through, removing topsoil and creating scars tht last many lifetimes. Delicate meadow plants can be damaged, leaving less forage for wildlife and leaving the soil unprotected. when riders drive through the trees and around them in circles the soil becomes compacted, depriving root systems of water and air, this will eventually kill the tree.

At a Glance

Fees No fee.
Permit Info: A group of 75 persons or more requires a permit. This is free and may be obtained from the Beaver Ranger District.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: All motorized travel is restricted to designated travel routes. Cross country travel prohibited.
Closest Towns: Beaver, Utah; Junction, Utah
Water: None
Restroom: Three vault toilets
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Located 19 miles east of Beaver off State Road #153. From Beaver travel 16 miles east on State Road #153 which is plowed in the winter. Turn onto the graveled Forest Road #123 and travel another three miles  north to Big John Flat. The road is narrow and steep past Big john Flat and is not recommended for travel trailers. Forest Road #123 is not plowed during the winter. From Junction, Utah travel 24 miles east on State Road #153. Turn right onto Forest Road #123 and travel another three miles north to Big John Flat.

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Dispersed Camping

Camping, hiking, scenic viewing, OHV riding on designated trails and roads, winter sports.


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9800 feet - 10200 feet


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