Utah's National Forests
Begin a tour of the national forests of Utah by clicking on a forest from the list below.
Ashley National Forest
Dixie National Forest
Fishlake National Forest
Manti-La Sal National Forest
Sawtooth National Forest
Uinta National Forest
Wasatch Cache National Forest
Utah`s National Forests cover nearly 9 million acres of land, and each forest contains the extremes of rocky mountain peaks, deep canyons gouged by rivers, high plateaus, fertile valleys and lake-filled basins. All the forests are managed for multiple uses, including recreation, grazing, mineral extraction, and timber.
The forests of the southern and central part of the state include canyons, plateaus, and desert, with pinon and juniper giving way to tall pines at higher elevations. The Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti- La Sal Forests each contain an abundance of unique scenery, from steep gorges and multi-hued cliffs in the west to the verdant hills and gentle lakes in the center, and glowing red rock, and high, timbered plateaus in the east.
In the north, the mountains rise up to dominate the landscape. Tall pines climb up to timber line, and then the vistas open up to alpine meadows dotted with fragile and lovely wildflowers. The mountains serve as a watershed, with precipitation flowing down the slopes as turbulent creeks, and canyon-carving rivers. These mountainous playgrounds are filled with visitors year round, as locals and tourists alike flock to the hills to hike, hunt, ski, fish, and enjoy the splendid natural beauty.
If you would like more information about specific recreational opportunities on Utah`s National Forests, please follow the links below (will open in a new window):
For information on responsible recreation, please visit