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Even though temperatures and spring like conditions exist in the valleys, it’s still winter in the mountains. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest reminds forest users that most forest roads and trails are still closed.
All Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest campgrounds and picnic areas are closed due to snow and wet, muddy condition.
Please be aware that restrooms, at trailheads and parking areas may be closed or cleaned and stocked on a reduced schedule. Visitors should practice “Pack-in, Pack-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

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 Grizzly Gulch parking area in Little Cottonwood Canyon located on the Salt Lake Ranger District has been closed for health and safety. The closure is in effect until April 30, 2020.
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 for 30 days.

Attention Volunteers! 

Volunteer projects, activities, and events scheduled for April 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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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

  • 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.

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.
    Starting Saturday, April 4th the Grizzly Gulch parking area in Little Cottonwood Canyon will be closed temporarily to all motor vehicles for public health and safety until April 30th. (Alta residents are permitted to park in the Grizzly Gulch parking lot). Recreationists can park in Alta's parking lot. There will also be restrooms open at Alta facilities. There is no fee to park.
    Salt Lake Ranger District, to prevent resource damage by motorized vehicles. The lower portion of South Willow Canyon road was scheduled to open on April 1, 2020, but will remain closed until it is dry enough to support motorized vehicles.
    Jordan Pines has been closed to winter camping.
    Campground/Picnic Areas/Road/Trails Update
    Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
  • Pleasant Grove Ranger District - (801) 785-3563
    If you are planning a visit to the American Fork Canyon please be advised of the following: In order to provide for your safety and that of our employees, day-use transactions with visitors will be suspended until further notice. Buy your pass online at
    https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74405 or use the self-service fee tubes located throughout the canyon. You can also use yourpassnow from your mobile device. Select the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and write the transaction number on a Fee Envelope or green tag with your vehicle’s information. These are located at all major trailheads. We honor the America the Beautiful Federal Lands passes and passes from the Mirror Lake Hwy. Display your pass when you are parked in the day- use sites. Water isn’t available at any of the recreation sites in the canyon.
    Fat bike trails were groomed Friday, February 21, 2020
    The Alpine Loop is now closed for the season
    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.
    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.
    The Mirror Lake Highway 150 is now closed for the season 
    Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update Closures/Restrictions/Special Orders

  • Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District -
    Evanston Recreation Update (307) 789-3194
    Closures/Restriction/Special Orders
    The Mirror Lake Highway 150 is now closed for the season 
    Mt. View Recreation Update (307) 782-6555
    The Mt. View Ranger District office is closed to public entry, please call 307-782-6555 for assistnace.
    Closures/Restriction/Special Orders  

  • Ogden Ranger District - (801) 625-5112
    Port Ramp, at Pineview Reservoir, will be open this weekend. 
    Before launching your boat, please certify that your boat is clean, drained, and dry, in order to prevent the spread of invasive quagga mussels:
    Clean: Boaters should wipe all water, mud, plant materials and other debris from their boat. In particular, make sure to inspect the anchor and sea strainer.
    Drain: All water should be completely drained from ballast tanks, bilges, live wells, and lower units.
    If your boat has been in a quagga-mussel infested water since March 31, including Lake Powell, you are not allowed to launch anywhere in Utah for 30 days. For more information, visit www.stdofthesea.utah.gov.
    Dry: Never launch a boat or put equipment in the water that is still wet.
    Highway 39 Monte Cristo is now closed for the season
    Volunteer Opportunities on the Ogden Ranger District
    Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails UpdateClosures/Restrictions/Special Orders

  • Logan Ranger District - (435) 755-3620
    Volunteer Opportunities on the Logan Ranger District
    Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update
    Winter timber harvest and hauling activities have been completed for this season on the Red Ryder Timber Sale.  Winter operations had been active in the Temple Canyon & Log Cabin Ridge area of Rich County.  There will be no timber hauling occurring on the Temple Canyon Road (#20008) and Log Cabin Ridge Road (#20176) and these roads will not be plowed  for the remainder of the winter travel season.  Snowmobile users can continue to access the groomed snowmobile trail on the Sinks Road (#2055) via the Temple Canyon Road, as snow conditions allow.    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. 
    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 for 30 days.
    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.
    Strawberry Sheep Creek Connector Information Flyer
    closures on the Spanish Fork Ranger District click on closures to view them. The 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.
    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

Timber Sales/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

 



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