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U.S. Forest Service

Intermountain Region Viewing Area


Thumnbail map and directions to the Viewing Area.

the Tushar Mountains. Tushar Mountains. Photo by Mark Muir, U.S. Forest Service.

the Tushar Mountains. Tushar Mountains krummholz. Photo by Teresa Prendusi, U.S. Forest Service.

Tushar paintbrush, Castilleja parvula. Tushar paintbrush (Castilleja parvula var. parvula). Photo by R.B. Campbell, U.S. Forest Service.

creeping draba, Draba sobolifera. Creeping draba. (Draba sobolifera). Photo by R.B. Campbell, U.S. Forest Service.

Utah columbine, Aquilegia scopulorum. Utah columbine (Aquilegia scopulorum). Photo by Teresa Prendusi, U.S. Forest Service.

Tushar Mountains

Forest: Fishlake National Forest

District: Beaver Ranger District

Description: The Tushar Mountains are located east of Beaver, Utah, about 190 miles south of Salt Lake City. Rising to over 12,000 feet in elevation, the Tushars are the third-highest mountain range in Utah (behind the Uinta and the LaSal mountain ranges). The Tushars offer an incredible alpine experience which rivals some of the more famous destinations in the West: high peaks, alpine forests, fascinating volcanic geology, half a dozen plant communities within the alpine zone, as well as eight vascular species that are local or regional endemics.

Viewing Information: Known for their beauty and isolation, the Tushar Mountains are still being botanically explored. The high alpine setting includes stunted and gnarled krummholz trees formed by exposure to fierce winds. At least 170 vascular plant species are found within the alpine zone including the endemic Tushar paintbrush (Castilleja parvula var. parvula). An abundance of alpine flowers is best seen in late July and August.

Directions: From I-15, take the north exit to Beaver, Utah, (Exit 112) through the town of Beaver to the junction with UT 153. Head east on Hwy. 153 up Beaver Canyon about 16 miles until you see a sign for Big Johns Flat. Turn north on Forest Route 123 and proceed to the peaks (about 5 miles to the northeast).

Ownership and Management: USDA Forest Service, Fishlake National Forest, Beaver Ranger District.

Closest Town: Beaver and Marysvale, Utah, are the closest towns.