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Wasatch-Cache National Forest

The majestic peaks and rugged backcountry of the Wasatch-Cache lie within easy reach of Salt Lake City, one of the Rocky Mountain's fastest growing metropolitan areas.

Encompassing nearly 1.3 million ecologically diverse acres, including seven Wilderness areas, the Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the most frequently visited in the nation.Tremendous recreation opportunities abound across the varied landscapes. Albion Basin boasts a magnificent display of rare and color wildflowers, spring, summer, and fall. Pineview Reservoir hosts an astounding 750,000 water-loving visitors annually.

The High Uintas Wilderness Area offers a remote and refreshing escape from the congestion of urban & suburban life. Even though it's vast, the Forest's widespread appeal is not without consequence. Frequent visitation increasingly exerts pressure on wildlife habitat, watershed, and wilderness areas. Now, more than ever, public participation is crucial if we are to leave a healthy Forest for future generations.

The Forest is a popular day-use destination for the nearly 1.8 million people residing in nearby cities and towns who come to hike, ski, picnic, view wildlife, drive the scenic byways, snowmobile, and ride their off-highway vehicles (OHVs). Others stay longer, taking advantage of the Forest's campgrounds, yurts, and backcountry camping sites, as displayed in this handy, interactive map. Designated trails and areas for traditional pastimes, such as horseback riding and hunting, along with fishingand mountain biking are also located on the forest.

Watch raptors migrate at the Wellsville Mountains Raptor Migration Project, conducted by Hawk Mountain International (HWI).

The Wellsville study was one of the first standardized raptor migration counts initiated in the western U.S. Annual counts typically ranging between 2,400-5,600 migrants of up to 17 species.

The most commonly seen species are the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and American Kestrel. The project now runs from 27 August through 31 October each year.

Utah Forests

First-timer’s Adventure

Try cross-country skiing at Mill Creek Canyon Ski Trail!

Mill Creek Canyon is located off 3800 South and Wasatch Boulevard east of Salt Lake City, Utah. The ski trail begins 5 miles up the canyon where the winter gate at Maple Grove Picnic Area is located. The summer road becomes the ski trail. From the gate to the top of the canyon, is about 4.5 miles long. The trail is intermediate level with some steep sections. The ski trail is groomed once a week with tracks set. Kick and glide and skating techniques are both available.

Statistics

State(s):

Utah

Nearest Large Urban Area:

Salt Lake City

Notes & Conditions:

Research campground locations and amenities at the U.S. National Forest Campground Directory. The Web site is full of pictures and detailed descriptions to help you plan your next trip.

If you want to experience a guided recreation trip in a National Forest, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and fishing trips.

If you're headed into the mountains during winter, you need to be aware of avalanches. Learn more at the Utah Avalanche Web site.

The Wastach-Cache also has five of the country's best commercial ski areas, including:
* Alta Ski Area
* Brighton Resort
* Snowbasin Ski Resort
* Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

* Solitude Mountain Resort

Maps:

Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.