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.
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.
The Wasatch-Cache National Forest combined with the Uinta National Forest in 2007, and is now managed as the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.