Utah National Forest Maps
Utah is probably the only state that is more diverse than California. With is high alpine peaks, plateau forests, desert expanses, and unique geological features all within an easy shot of its population centers, it is easy to forget how close they all are to one another.
Much of Utah has a really great multi-use ethic. Much of the West has been slowly closed down to certain user groups due to overuse. Utah has so much to do and such a dispersed user concentration that much of it is wide open for everything from equestrian to motorized users.
The Wasatch offers, what we consider to be, the highest concentration of outdoor opportunities within reach of an urban center. Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and their side canyons have unparalleled hiking, camping, climbing and backcountry skiing opportunities. The Mill Canyons are good for a quick afternoon or pre-work hike, or a multiday trek. Don’t be surprised if you run into people with goats as pack animals or see helicopters whizzing overhead on a regular basis in the winter. The high density of users has earned it the nickname Wasatchangles…
Due to the elevation of much of the National Forest areas, it is usually cooler than the surrounding deserts, but can still get up into the 100s in the summer, so plan accordingly. These same areas can see incredibly fast snowfall and dramatic temperature swings in the winter. The Wasatch-Uinta system is home to some of the nation’s premier ski resorts such as Snowbird, Alta and the Park City area resorts. With its signature “champagne powder” the higher elevations are susceptible to avalanche conditions and users should be well trained and equipped before taking on such terrain.
Southern Utah’s landscape can be downright astounding. Hosting five National Parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches) gives you a hint as to the quality of what can be found here. The climate is generally drier the further south you go. The Manti La Sal National Forest provide traditional western mountain environments among alien landscapes that are dominated by slick rock, slot canyons, wild rock formations and systems of broken plateaus. This area is popular among canyoneers, hikers, mountain bikers, off-road enthusiasts, rock climbers, hunters and photographers. Monticello and Moab are the main centers of activity for the National Forest areas.
National Forests maps included on this site: Uinta-Wasatch Ogden District, Uinta-Wasatch Salt Lake City District, and Dark Canyon Wilderness.