Description - The Central Travel Region of Utah consists of Bureau of Land Management lands on the eastern and western borders sandwiching the Fishlake and Manti-La Sal National Forests. The region contains the northern canyon lands, including the San Rafael Swell, Book Cliffs, San Rafael Reef and San Rafael Desert. West of the National Forests lie several smaller mountain ranges, Little Sahara Sand Dunes and the Gunnison Massacre Monument.
- This region of Utah is sparsely populated and heavy with public land. The Bureau of Land Management administers 75 percent of the land in the area. Canyonlands National Park and Capitol Reef National Park represent some of the most scenic and accessible canyon lands in Utah and lie in the southeastern portion of this region. More than ten state park facilities lie within this region, providing access for visitors and residents to modern recreation facilities. Interstates 70 and 15 intersect in this region and make it one of the most easily accessed areas within the state.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities in the Central Travel Region of Utah abound. Visitors can enjoy pursuits that range from backpacking to off-road vehicle use during the warmer months, which last from May through October. Modern facilities exist for camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding and biking. During the winter months camping, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing top the list for recreational pursuits.
Climate - The climate within the Central Travel Region of Utah varies with the season and elevation. Expect hot summer days, at lower elevations, reaching temperatures of 95 degrees F. Summer in the higher elevations is mild with high temperatures reaching 85 degrees F. Winter can be very cold, especially at higher elevations. Visitors to the mountains can expect temperatures between 35 to 50 degrees F during the day and near 30 degrees F at night. Temperatures at lower elevations are milder than in the mountains during the winter. The lack of moisture in the air makes low temperatures much more bearable. Utah is an arid state with much of its precipitation reaching the ground in the form of winter snow and summer thunderstorms.
The title of this region describes its location, Central Utah. The Green River forms the eastern border of the area with the community of Green River in the middle of its north-south expanse. Interstate 70 leads through the center of the area, providing easy access to many trailheads. The Nevada-Utah border forms the western boundary of the Central Travel Region.