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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions at midgnight on Thursday, August 13, 2020
Stage 1 Fire Restriction and Map

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest remains open, however recreation services at some of our facilities may be changed, suspended or offered through alternate approaches, as we manage for the health and safety of our work force and the public.

  • Please be aware that some facilities, including restrooms, may be closed or cleaned and stocked on a reduced scheduled. 
  • Visitors should practice “Pack-in, Pack-it-out” when recreating on the Forest.
  • Visitors to our National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including social distancing. For tips from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  •  For information about other recreation areas visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/recreation/  

The Salt Lake, Heber and Mt. View Ranger District offices are closed to public entry. You can call the Salt Lake Ranger District office 801-733-3660, Heber Ranger District office 435-654-0470 and the Mt. View Ranger District office 307-782-6555 for assistance.

Common Questions asked about campground reservations/first-some first-serve and list of campgrounds under Utah Recreation Company

The Following sites will be managed as reservation only for the 2020 season
through https://www.recreation.gov/. 
This will:

  • Eliminate the need for onsite cash handling/exchange/money counting, thereby improving the safety of URC staff and the public.
  • Reduce the amount of drive through visitor traffic seeking a campsite and campground host in-person interactions.

Aspen Grove, Currant Creek, Mill Hollow, Renegade, Soldier Creek, Soapstone, Sulphur, Bridger Lake, Christmas Meadows, Stillwater, Lodgepole, Ledgefork, Lost Creek, Mirror Lake, Moosehorn, Smith and Morehouse, Trial Lake, Washington Lake, Box Elder, Guinavah-Malibu, Spring Hollow, Sunrise, South Fork, Monte Cristo, Granite Flat, Hope, Mt.Timpanogos, Timpooneke, Boy Scout, Redman, Spruces, Balsam, Storm Mountain, Tanners Flat, Cherry, Little Mill, Whiting, Ponderosa Uinta, Payson Lakes, Diamond, Strawberry Bay, Stateline, Marsh Lake, Bridger, Butterfly, China Meadows, Hoop Lake, Meeks Cabin, Hoop Lake TH Campground, China Meadows TH Campground, Lower Provo Shady Dell, Yellow Pine, Bountiful Peak, Friendship, Tony Grove, LM Turner, Pioneer, Perception Park, Botts, Lower Meadows, Magpie, Upper Meadows, Willows, Anderson Cove Mueller Park, Upper Narrows, Cottonwood, Intake, Loop, Lower Narrows, Bear Canyon, Botts, China Meadows, Lower Meadows, Magpie, Upper Meadows, Willows, Lewis M. Turner, Pioneer, Intake, Loop, Lower Narrows, Lower Provo, Shady Dell, Hoop Lake, Hoop Lake TH Campground, Meeks Cabin, Shingle Creek, Cottonwood, Bountiful Peak group sites.

The following sites will continue to be walk up/first come first serve sites as there is not a host on site to manage a reservation system. Once these campgrounds are up on Rec.gov they will add a banner that states that.

Bear River, Beaver View, Bridger, Bridger, Butterfly, Card PA, Chockecherry, Cobblerest, Preston Valle, Red Banks, Smithfield, Spring, Maple Bench, Maple Lake, Dewitt PA, Shenoah PA, Lilly Lake, Deadhorse TH Campground, East Fork Bear River, Hayden Fork, Little Lyman Lake, Bountiful Peak.

Locations with credit card capabilities will continue to offer that method of payment on site (Cemetery Point, Anderson Cove, Port Ramp Marina, Middle Inlet, Spruces, Tanners Flat, Storm Mountain, Box Elder, Currant Creek, Strawberry Bay, Soldier Creek, and Aspen Grove).

For the most current information on campgrounds

https://www.recreation.gov/

https://gocamputah.com

https://www.fs.usda.gov/uwcnf


The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest asks the public to please recreate responsibly. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities such as rock climbing, etc. or backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. We also encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. For more information about how the Forest Service is responding to COVID-19, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates.

The Fifth Water Hot Springs area (Diamond Fork Hot Springs) located on the Spanish Fork Ranger District has been closed for public health and safety and the closure will be in effect until further notice.

Attention Volunteers! 

Volunteer projects, activities, and events scheduled for May including Earth Day Events have been cancelled.  The forests will continue to follow the most current guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, and local health and safety guidelines. The health and safety of employees, volunteers and partners continues to be our main priority.

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Current Campground/Picnic Area, Trail and Road Condition Updates

Please keep a clean campsite Be Bear Aware

Dispersed camping 14 day stay limit

Salt Lake Ranger District - (801) 733-2660

  • The Salt Lake Ranger District office is closed to public entry, please call 801-733-2660 for assistance.​
  • UDOT Construction update Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons
  • The Silver Lake Visitor Center will not be open for the 2020 summer operational season in an effort to minimize potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus and to prioritize the health and safety of visitors and staff.
  • The Silver Lake boardwalk trail, fishing and hiking access will remain open to the public with the advisement that they maintain recommended social distancing.
  • The external restrooms will remain open to the public and be cleaned as regularly as possible.
  • Forest Service Interpretive Rangers and FPOs will maintain a presence in the area to address resource protection concerns and have limited informational interactions with the public while prioritizing social distancing for visitor and staff health and safety.
  • It is unlikely the visitor center will open in the 2020 season if all restrictions are lifted due to the extensive collaboration required for set up and staffing.
  • Campground/Picnic Areas/Road/Trails Update
  • Cottonwood Canyons Foundation


Pleasant Grove Ranger District - (801) 785-3563

  • Visitors should avoid the Cascade Springs area during the week of July 27th – July 31st to allow for improvements to the trail.  
  • Timpooneke:  Scout Falls (1.5 miles) has stopped flowing for the season.  It can still flow intermittently on occasion and after rainstorms.   Many hikers are confused with which trail Scout Falls is found - it is up the Timpooneke trail. 

      The flowers in the Upper Basins have faded.  Some sections are still in bloom but fading.

    The trail just above Emerald Lake (just above the cliff band area) is missing due to a rockslide that has covered the trail.  The rocks are still loose and can still slide.  Hikers must pick their way through this section.  The lower section (where the trail was covered by the rockslide) appears to be safer and more stable than hiking further up/or above the trail.  We recommend that hikers avoid this section completely due to safety concerns.  Hikers on the Timpooneke trail can avoid this section by taking the Summit turnoff which does not go to Emerald Lake.  If hikers slide down the Glacier/snowfield (again not recommended), the return path does require hiking over the missing trail/rockslide section.

    Aspen Grove:  The trail is now free of snow except for a small section from/above Emerald Lake to the Saddle.

          The flowers in the Upper Basins have faded. Some sections are still in bloom but fading.

    The trail just above Emerald Lake (just above the cliff band area) is missing due to a rock slide that has covered the trail.  The rocks are still loose and can still slide.  Hikers must pick their way through this section.  The lower section (where the trail was covered by the rockslide) appears to be safer and more stable than hiking further up/or above the trail. All hikers from Emerald Lake(the lake is on the Aspen Grove trail) to the Saddle must cross this section going up and going down.    We recommend that hikers avoid this section completely due to safety concerns.   Remember the Timpooneke trail to the Summit does not go to Emerald Lake and avoids this section (See Timpooneke above for further information.

    Additional Info for both trailheads.

    Many weekend campers hike to the summit for the sunrise.  It is often very windy and thus very cold.  Many hikers are unprepared for the low temperature/wind chill.

    We do NOT recommend sliding down the glacier/snowfield above Emerald Lake.  As the snow continues to melt, more rocks are present and the danger increases.

    Parking is very limited on weekends (particularly Saturdays)at both trailheads.  The parking lot is full long before sunrise.  Tickets are issued weekly for parking in undesignated areas. 

    Water sources continue to dry up along the trail.  Any water should be filtered.  Emerald Lake has become the only high reliable source for the rest of the summer.  The water at both trailheads continues to be turned off for safety reasons.  Due to the hot weather, adequate water while hiking is extremely important.  

    There will NOT be a trail update next week....  

  • Note: Cascade Springs Road will remain closed from SR-92 to Midway and vice versa until the culvert replacement and repaving of the roadway is complete. (possibly August). The only way to Cascade Springs is through Snake Creek via Cummins parkway, Wasatch Mountain State. From State route 92 it is a 15 mile hike round trip.

  • All campgrounds this season, due to COVID-19, will be 100% reservation. However, the website will show the sites that were not reserved by the 5 days prior reservation date. The sites that have not been reserved will be filled on a first come/first serve bases after that. Visitors can go to www.recreation.gov to reserve a site. While they are reserving their campsite, they can also purchase their 3- or 7-day pass if they plan a visit to a developed site during their visit. If they search Uinta-Wasatch- Cache National Forest, there is a button for Camping & Lodging and one that says Day Use these are campground reservation buttons. The Passes button is to the right side of the screen.

  •  Starting June 18 through mid-July, crews will be improving the shoulders of S.R. 92 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Canyon visitors should expect additional delays. On-street parking in the project area will be strictly prohibited��and all traffic, including bicyclist, are required to follow flagging operations for both the day and night work.  Canyon visitors can also expect nighttime paving operations beginning as early as June 28 through late July. This work will take place Sunday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Campground guests staying at Little Mill or Mutual Dell during this work should expect increased noise, dust and vibrations overnight. If you would like to receive project updates, email udot.utah.gov/afcanyon

  • The American Fork Information/fee booth was decommissioned May 12th. It will be reconstructed and back in place by August/Sept 2020. The Aspen Grove information/fee booth is operational. We will start selling ALL day use and annual passes in the Offices when allowed.

  • The U.S. Forest Service is working with UDOT & the National Parks Service to resurface S.R. 92 from 5500 West in Highland to the Pine Hollow Trailhead, and S.R. 144 from S.R. 92 to Tibble Fork Reservoir.  Road side parking in the canyon will be prohibited. As part of this work, the Pine Hollow Trailhead and Tibble Fork Reservoir will close temporarily. For more information on construction progress, location and temporary closure information, sign up for project updates by emailing afcanyon@utah.gov

  • Due to increased congestion, heavy use, and limited restroom facilities at Tibble Fork reservoir, parking is limited to designated stalls.

  • American Fork Canyon Flyer

  • To purchase your day use pass before you leave home go to: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74405 or from your mobile device:  yourpassnow.com search Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.  Self-service pay stations are also available throughout the canyon, online passes are the preferred. Be sure to have your pass on display while parked at any recreation sites. We honor all America the Beautiful Federal Lands and Mirror Lake Hwy passes. We are still operational under modified safety protocols and appreciate your support.
    Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update
    Closures/Restrictions/Special Orders

Heber-Kamas Ranger District -(435) 654-0470 or(435)783-4338

  • The Heber Ranger District office is closed to public entry, please call 435-654-0470 for assistance.

  • Highway 40 Construction

  • Strawberry-Sheep Creek Connector Information Flyer

  • 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. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.
    Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update 
    Closures/Restrictions/Special Orders

Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District - The Evanston office is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Ogden Ranger District - (801) 625-5112

Logan Ranger District - (435) 755-3620

  • A landslide was discovered in mid-May in the upper portion of Millville Canyon. The slide significantly damaged the road, leaving the remaining road surface unstable and unsafe for vehicle traffic. The road has been evaluated by forest engineers, and is able to be repaired. The cost to repair the road is significant, and repairs will likely be scheduled in 2021. The road will remain closed to vehicle traffic until it is repaired and safe for public use.

  • Firewood permits will go on sale Monday, June 15th. These permits will be available to purchase over the phone only. 

  • While there are flushing toilets at Lewis M. Turner, there is not potable water this year. Please bring your own.

  • All campsites in Smithfield, Spring, Preston Valley, Wood Camp and Lodge campgrounds will be first come, first serve. 

  • A portion of the Riverside Nature Trail is closed for health and safety concerns.  A rockfall has damaged the board walk and trail. With concerns about continued rocks falling we are asking the public to stay out of the area until the issue can be mitigated and repairs can be made. The portion of the trail that is closed is between the Guinavah-Malibu campground and Spring Hollow campground.

  • Winter timber harvest and hauling activities have been completed for this season on the Red Ryder Timber Sale (Temple Canyon & Log Cabin Ridge area of Rich County). Timber harvest and hauling operations will resume in this area again in late spring once the roads have dried out, and continue through next fall. 
    Volunteer Opportunities on the Logan Ranger District
    Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update
    Closures/Restrictions/Special Orders   

Spanish Fork Ranger District- (801) 798-3571

  • The Fifth Water Hot Springs area located on the Spanish Fork Ranger District has been closed for public health and safety and the closure will be in effect until further notice. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19

  • All roads are open except the following: Closures from Santaquin Meadows down to Tinney Flat is still in place, closure for Santaquin road in place, closure for Blackhawk area in place, closure for Black Canyon, Sawmill/Nebo Creek, Beaver Dam, East Bennie Creek, Deer Hollow, Calkens Hollow, and White Pine Hollow is still in place.

  • The lower portion of Santaquin Canyon road is closed to all motorized vehicles starting at the gate at the Forest boundary to Trumbolt picnic site. The closure is in place to provide for public health and safety due to flooding that has undercut the lower portion of the Santaquin Canyon road.The road is unsafe and could collapse under vehicle weight, and while heavy equipment and crews are working in the area to repair the road damage.

  • The upper Santaquin Canyon road is closed above Trumbolt day-use site east approximately 1 ½ miles to Tinney Flat campground.  All pedestrian, equestrian, bicycle, and any type of motorized vehicles will be prohibited, due to the extreme safety hazards in the area.

  • All campgrounds this season, due to COVID-19, will be 100% reservation. However, the website will show the sites that were not reserved by the 5 days prior reservation date. The sites that have not been reserved will be filled on a first come/first serve bases after that. Visitors can go to www.recreation.gov to reserve a site. 

  • The Sheep Creek/Rays Valley road is open over to Unicorn Ridge. Indian Springs open.  But visitors need to be remember that the road will be closed for the rest of this season and next when construction of the Strawberry connector project starts. Strawberry Sheep Creek Connector Information Flyer

  • Seasonal road closures
    Campgrounds/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Updates
    Closures/Restrictions/Special Orders


USDA Equal Opportunity Public Notification Policy 

2020 Intermountain Region Volunteer Opportunities

2020 Seasonal Employment Outreach
2020 Intermountain Region Fire Hire
Outreach Job Announcements 

Facilitated Learning Analysis Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires
Bald Mountain and Pole Creek Fires Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Information

Personal Use Firewood Cutting 

Salt Lake County Wasatch Canyons General Plan Updates
For further information visit
https://slco.org/planning-transportation/wasatch-canyons-general-plan-update/

 

Forest Issues

Features

Surveying Pika Populations Above Brighton

The American pika is a low-profile mammal that lives at high altitudes. Related to rabbits and hares, these small, big-eyed creatures spend much of the summer preparing for a harsh winter high above the timberline. Starting in mid-September, a DWR biologist will visit an established pika area above Brighton ski resort to check on population growth.

Spotlights

Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation – Kids Educational Activity

Paul Whisman, Natural History Museum of Utah and tribal youth.

Logan Ranger District and Stokes Nature Center hosted a collaborative education effort for tribal youth between Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation and Utah Natural History Museum


Highlights

Willard Peak Wildflowers

Forest Photo Gallery

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/uwcnf/