Area Status: Open

Parked trucks and campers sit among trees and foilage turning orange with the onset of Fall.

Niotche Creek Trailhead is located along the Great Western Trail at an elevation of over 8,900 feet.  Facilities include a gravel parking lot, corrals, hitching rail, information kiosk, and a vault restroom.  Popular activities include horseback riding, hiking, dispersed camping, hunting, wildlife viewing, and 50" ATV riding on designated routes.  Please pack-out what you pack-in.  Camping stay limit is 16 days.

At a Glance

Open Season: May - November
Closest Towns: Salina, Utah
Water: No water available
Restroom: Vault toilet

General Information


The Niotche Creek Trailhead is located approximately 22 miles southeast of Salina Utah. In Salina at the junction of Main Street and State Street, head south on State Street for approximately 2 miles until you reach I-70. Turn left (east) onto I-70 east-bound from Salina, for approximately 6.5 miles. Exit I-70 at Gooseberry Road (Exit 63), and then turn right (south) on the Gooseberry Road (County Road #640), a two-lane paved road, for about 13.3 miles. Turn left on FR287 for 0.3 miles into the trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping guidelines.

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

A hitching post stands to the side of Niotche Creek Trailhead.

Horse riding trails.

OHV Trail Riding

Riders and their off road vehicles gather at Niotche Creek Trailhead.

The Fishlake National Forest has completed a route designation process as shown on the official Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) dated 2013.

The State of Utah has a reciprocity ATV/OHV licensing agreement with several other states. This link shows a list of states that do not have a reciprocity agreement with Utah. If your state is listed here you must purchase a "Non-Resident Permit".

Help prevent soil erosion and resource damage.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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8,940 feet