Description - The federally administered forests and parks of Utah pervade every region of the state and consist of diverse natural and historic attractions. There are five National Parks within the state: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion, all lie south of Interstate 70, preserving the unique canyons found in this region. In addition to the parks 11 other properties: National Monuments, National Historic Trails, a National Recreation Area and National Historic Site, provide ample and diverse recreation opportunities. National Forests within Utah encompass more than nine million acres. There are six designated National Forests, Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-La Sal, Uinta and Wasatch-Cache, preserving natural areas leading south from Idaho into Arizona through the center of the state.
- There are a myriad of attractions within Utah's National Forests and Parks. Sites vary in development from Zion National Park, which has a shuttle system leading through Zion Canyon, to the roadless High Uintas Wilderness within Ashley and Wasatch-Cache National Forests. Visitors to the National Forests and Parks can expect developed campgrounds, picnic grounds, scenic byways, and hiking trails, ski areas and information centers.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities in the National Forests and Parks of Utah are diverse. Each property varies in size and facilities, but visitors can rely on well-maintained camping, picnicking, hiking, biking and fishing facilities. There are also opportunities for viewing exhibits, gathering information, photography and viewing the landscape within all of the National Parks and Forests. During the winter months skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and snowmobiling are popular
Climate - The climate of Utah varies with the seasons and elevation. Within the National Forests and Parks, elevations range from 13,000 feet to 3,000 feet. Lower elevations can be found in the canyon lands of southern Utah and the basins of northern Utah. These areas experience hot summers and mild winters. The mountains of central and northeastern Utah experience mild temperatures in summer and cold winters. Overall the Utahian climate is arid, no mater what the elevation.
The National Forests and Parks of Utah are scattered throughout the entire state. Maps are available on the pages describing each district or activity.