Hidden Gems

An RVer's Guide to Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest


Hidden Gems of the National Forest System

THOR and the National Forest Foundation are bringing you one step closer to the “hidden gems” of the National Forest system. Get tips for RVing at these national forest destinations and why they are some of the RV community’s best-kept secrets.

About Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest covers northern and north-central Utah and southwestern Wyoming. It includes the largest population center within the State of Utah, known as the Wasatch Front, making it an ideal destination for RVers to explore.

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 scenic byways, snowmobile, and ride their off-highway vehicles (OHVs). It is also home to the Uinta Mountain range which is the highest mountain range in the contiguous United States that runs East to West and has the highest peak in the state of Utah at 13,528 feet.

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The forest covers 2 million acres and over a half million acres of wilderness. In the spring and summer, roads and trails lead visitors to natural settings and spectacular vistas with fresh water and clean air. In winter, the “Greatest Snow on Earth” draws people from around the world.

A mountain biker rides through Green Pond Trail in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

The scenic beauty of the forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities throughout the year. Whether you enjoy cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, or horseback riding you can find the recreational experience you are seeking.

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Scenic Byways & Attractions

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is one of the most popular mountain routes in the state. The road winds through farm and ranch lands and rises to heavily forested, mountain terrain, accented by meadows and rugged peaks. There are numerous access points into the High Uinta Wilderness along this byway.

The Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway winds northeast through the National Forest to Bear Lake spanning the Utah/Idaho border. Along the way, 500 million years of geologic history unfold in the lower canyon's deeply incised walls and formations laden with fossils. In autumn, the colors are unparalleled.

The Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway stretches 38 miles through high alpine terrain, dense forests, and colorful meadows. In the Devil’s Kitchen Geological Area, a unique sandstone's startling red color contrasts sharply with the mountain greenery.

Other popular attractions in the area include Twin Peaks Wilderness Area, Mount Timpanogos Wilderness Area, and American Fork Recreation Area.

The reflection of snowy mountains and pine trees in Lake Blanche in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
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RV Camping

With more than 75 designated RV campgrounds, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is an ideal destination for those looking to plan a trip to the area.

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Top Attractions

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway
Mirror Lake Byway, also known as Utah State Route 150, was named after a pristine lake that the highway passes by on the route. It's considered one of the most popular driving routes in the state.
High Uintas Wilderness
This wilderness area is located in northeastern Utah and encompasses over 456,700 acres of natural land which features glacier-formed lakes and Utah's highest peaks.
Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway
The Logan Canyon scenic drive is a favorite during the fall season because of the way the Cache Valley transforms from green to gold. It's also a great jumping-off point for recreational activities.
Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway
A 35-mile scenic byway, the Nebo Loop climbs over 9,000 feet in elevation, offering breathtaking views of the rocky mountainside and wildflowers. There are also a plethora of campgrounds, trail systems, and horseback riding areas along this byway.
Devil’s Kitchen Geological Area
The Devil's Kitchen is an amphitheater of exposed redrock hoodoos and geological wonders—the perfect stop along the Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway.
Twin Peaks Wilderness Area
Boasting over 11,000 acres of pine forests, aspen groves, and soaring peaks, the Twin Peaks Wilderness beckons hikes, bird watchers, wildflower seekers, and adventurers alike.
Mount Timpanogos Wilderness Area
Located on the front range of the Wasatch Mountain Range, just south of the Lone Peak Wilderness, Mount Timpanogos Wilderness offers rugged terrains, waterfalls, and wildflowers in the summer.
American Fork Canyon
Home to the Timpanogos Cave—a canyon that draws hikers, bikers, and rock climbers—the American Fork Canyon has become a very popular attraction along the Alipine Scenic Byway.

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