DescriptionIn the northeast corner of Utah, Ashley National Forest includes the only major mountain range in the lower 48 states with an east-west alignment—the Uintas. Ashley National Forest embraces this area and the pinion-juniper and ponderosa pine-covered benchland along the Green River. One of the major water-producing areas in the state of Utah, the forest was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908.
The forest contains most of the High Uintas Wilderness, the spectacular Red Canyon of the Green River, and 13,528-foot Kings Peak, the highest of Utah's mountains. Flaming Gorge Dam and National Recreation Area provides many recreational and scenic opportunities. This 502-foot-high dam is 1,180 feet long and contains water for 91 miles. Hunting for pronghorn antelopes, mule deer, elk, mountain lions and black bears is allowed in the forest.
Several drives provide access to areas of scenic and geological interest. The Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway (US 191), Utah's first national forest scenic byway, extends from Vernal to the Wyoming border, traversing an area in which a billion years of Earth's history lie exposed. The Sheep Creek Canyon Geological Area, north and west of the byway, is reached via US 191 and another paved road. The Red Cloud Loop, a dirt and gravel road that is rough in spots, is a scenic forest drive that can be accessed near Vernal.
Camping is available in improved sites and backcountry areas throughout the forest. For camping reservations contact the National Recreation Reservation System; phone (877) 444-6777, or TTY (877) 833-6777.
For further information contact the Forest Supervisor, Ashley National Forest, 355 N. Vernal Ave., Vernal, UT 84078; phone (435) 789-1181.
Things to SeeHigh Uintas Wilderness