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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
  •  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.

Campground and Picnic Site Opening Dates:

The following campgrounds and picnic sites on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest were opened May 15th.

  • Spanish Fork District: Whiting, Cherry, Diamond, Balsam, Maple Lake, Maple Bench, and Ponderosa.
  • Salt Lake District: Loop, Intake, Boy Scout, Upper Narrow, Lower Narrows, Cottonwood, Mueller Park, Storm Mountain, Birches, Dogwood, and Ledgemere.
  • Logan District: Box Elder, Guinavah-Malibu, Bridger, Pioneer, Preston Valley, Spring, Spring Hollow, Friendship, Lodge, Smithfield, and Wood Camp.
  • Ogden District: Anderson Cove Campground, Pineview Beach, Port Ramp Marina, Cemetery Point, Middle Inlet, Botts, Magpie, Perception Park, Lower Meadows, South Fork, Upper Meadows, and Willows.
  • Heber District: Aspen Grove, Lodgepole, Renegade, Strawberry Bay, and Soldier Creek.
  • Pleasant Grove: Hope and Little Mill

For the most current information on campground opening dates visit:

https://www.recreation.gov/

https://gocamputah.com

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

Group Site/Double Site/Triple Site Reservations:

Utah Recreation Company (URC) will continue to monitor State and County regulations in regards to social distancing protocols and group size limitations. If the current limitations of groups less than ten are extended into when campgrounds open, then group site reservations will be cancelled.  Those with reservations will be notified by www.recreation.gov and refunds issued. The following group sites are scheduled to open on May 15th, if restrictions have been lifted.

  • Spanish Fork District: Diamond Fork Group Sites, Bear Canyon
  • Salt Lake Ranger District: Jordan Pines
  • Pleasant Grove District: Rock Canyon

Hosts on Site:

Campground site openings will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.  Our first goal is safety to the community and our employees.  Each campground site will be opened as reasonably possible and in accordance with state health organizations.  As sites are undergoing preparations to open, visitors should avoid entering sites, or engaging in any contact with campground hosts.

Reservations/Walk-In Policy:

URC operated campgrounds 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.

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).

URC is working diligently to have all sites available on www.recreRec.gov as 100% reservable, as soon as possible. They currently have the following sites as 100% reservable starting 5/20.  If current orders are lifted May 1st, they will open 5/15 to 5/20 for reservation.

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, and Diamond Fork.


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.

What's Happening?

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Forest Service and USDA Social Media Sites

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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.
          The Ward Canyon road (Davis County) was opened on May 19, 2020 to the intersection with Skyline Drive and Sessions                      Mountain road. Skyline Drive and Sessions Mountain road remain closed due to snow.

  • Tanners Flat campground in Little Cottonwood Canyon is open
  • South Willow Canyon and all campgrounds are open.
  • Dogwood, Ledgemer, Birches and Storm Mountain picnic sites are open in Big Cottonwood Canyon
  • Main, Upper and South Box Elder and Maple Grove, Church Fork and Terraces picnic sites are open in Mill Creek Canyon.
  • Muller Park is open in Davis County
    Campground/Picnic Areas/Road/Trails Update
    Cottonwood Canyons Foundation

    Pleasant Grove Ranger District - (801) 785-3563
  • The Alpine Loop is now open land the Salamander Flat developed dispersed camping area is open.

  • Little Mill and Hope camprounds opened May 15th
  • June 5th openings: Timpooneke, Granite Flat, Mt. Timpanogos and Rock Canyon.

  • Forest Service road #085 Mineral Basin Road opened May 13th. You can now drive to Silver Lake Flat Reservoir. There is a gate at Silver Lake Flat that will remain closed that crosses the river until the water recedes. At Silver Lake Flat the trail to upper Silver Lake starts to the right of the restroom. Trail # 036.  The Alpine Scenic Loop- SR-92 from Pine Hollow to Aspen Grove, will open around Memorial Day.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • The American Fork Information/fee booth was decommissioned May 12th. 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. Flyer

  • 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.

  • Lodgepole, Strawberry Bay, Soldier Creek, Renegade and Aspen Grove, Smith and Morehouse, Ledgefork, Cobbelrest, Shady Dell, Soapstone, Lower Provo, Pine Valley Group, Yellow Pine and Ponderosa Group campgrounds are open.

  • The Mirror Lake Highway on the Kamas side is now open to Lost Lake. Provo river is starting to come up. Beaver Creek and Shingle Creek are running extremely fast and full.

  • The Wolf Creek Pass road (Highway 35) is open.

  • 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 -
    Evanston Recreation Update (307) 789-3194

  • Mirror Lake Highway Evanston side clear to Sulpher campground.

  • The North Slope Road #058 gate was opened today. You can drive about 2.5 miles east on that road. You can get about a half mile down the East Fork Bear River Road #059. Very minimal dispersed camping available.
    Whitney Warming Hut Flyer
    Closures/Restriction/Special Orders

    Mt. View Recreation Update (307) 782-6555

  • The Mt. View Ranger District office is closed to public entry, please call 307-782-6555 for assistance.

  • With the winds the last week there are a lot of down trees everywhere on the Mt. View Ranger District.  The district recommends that anyone visiting the area should bring an ax or saw.

  • County road 279 is accessible to suicide park and over past Hewinta and up China road with no issues in 2WD. For the suicide park road you want high clearance. In the Gilbert meadows area to China meadows there is the occasional broken snow bank. Rivers are high and muddy and meadows are very boggy.
    Closures/Restriction/Special Orders  

    Ogden Ranger District - (801) 625-5112

  • The Avon-Liberty road is open to through traffic, all Forest Service roads off of the Avon-Liberty road remain closed.

  • All campgrounds are open except Monte Cristo campground

  • Highway 39 Monte Cristo is open
    Volunteer Opportunities on the Ogden Ranger District
    Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update
    Closures/Restrictions/Special Orders

    Logan Ranger District - (435) 755-3620

  • 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.

  • The first 3 miles of the Tony Grove road is clear of snow. Wheeled vehicles can now get to the first overlook.

  • 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

  • The Nebo Loop is now open.

  • Campgrounds open: Payson Lakes and Payson Lakes guard station, Maple Bench/ Maple Lake, Ponderosa/ Bear Canyon, Diamond Fork, Cherry, Balsam and Whiting.

  • 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.

  • Diamond Fork/Hobble Creek/Sheep Creek: Diamond Fork road is open at the crossing over into Right Fork Hobble Creek.  

  • 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

  • Halls Fork over to Left Fork Hobble Creek is open.  Please remember to protect the wet roads and trails by staying off until bone dry.

  • Billies Mountain open

  • 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.
    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/

 

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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.

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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


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