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Starvation State Park

Starvation State Park & Reservoir offers 3,500 acres of year-round fishing and boating fun four miles northwest of Duchesne on Highway 40. A 54-unit campground, sandy beach, modern rest rooms, showers, group-use area, and fish cleaning and sewage disposal stations are available.


Big Sandwash ReservoirSandwash

Big Sandwash Reservoir is a mid elevation rainbow trout water located near Altamont and Bluebell Utah. The reservoir has recently been enlarged and because of construction, the old camping and angler access areas have been eliminated. A camping area is being developed below the new boat ramp. Angler access and restrooms are also being developed on the North Shore of the reservoir near the old highway. There are no camping or restroom facilities at the present time. There is a new boat ramp however, and the public can launch there. Expect excellent rainbow trout fishing for the next several years.


Nine-MileNine-Mile Canyon

Nine-Mile Canyon is an outdoor museum. It has some remarkable examples of Indian art and remnants of dwellings that have remained untouched through the centuries. Because of the dry climate and isolation from large population centers or heavy ranching, the canyon remains much as it was hundreds of years ago. The canyon should be shown the respect due to one of the West's ancient treasures. The panels of rock art are of such remarkable quality and beauty that they have been featured in National Geographic and other publications highlighting the beauty and uniqueness of the art. It is well worth the trip.

Nine-Mile Canyon is off the beaten track. There are no services available of any kind. Come prepared with a picnic. Take along a thermos or canteen of water. Stick in some insect repellent, your binoculars, and maybe your camera. Also make sure your car is filled with gas. The length of the road through the canyon is 50 miles. Taking time out for frequent stops and a little hiking, the entire tour, in and out, will take about six hours.

Nine-Mile Canyon is protected by the Antiquities Act. The act states that a person may not "appropriate", excavate, injure, or destroy any historic or prehistoric ruins or dwellings or other structures. The slogan of those who enjoy visiting historic sites is "take nothing but pictures, and leave nothing but footprints."

There are several tracts of private lands in Nine-Mile Canyon. Please respect the rights of private land owners. Nine-Mile Canyon was designated by the Bureau of Land Management as part of the National Back Country Byway system in 1990.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest1

The majestic peaks and rugged back country of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest lie within easy reach of one of the wests fastest growing metropolitan areas. Encompassing nearly 2.1 million ecologically-diverse acres, including seven Wilderness areas, the Forest is one of the most frequently visited in the nation. From skiing in world-renown powder to cruising the scenic highways or picnicking on a lazy afternoon, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache has just about something for everyone.

Ashley National Forest

The Ashley National Forest falls into three geographical areas--the east-west range of the Uinta Mountains; the Wyoming Basin; and the Tavaputs Plateau. Abundant wildlife including bear, mountain lion, moose, elk, mule deer, antelope, and the recently introduced Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep roam freely throughout the land.

The High Uintas Wilderness contains Utah's highest peak, Kings Peak 13,528 feet, and lies on the Ashley and Wasatch-Cache National Forests boundaries. The Uintas defy the trend of most mountain ranges in North America by running due east from the Wasatch Mountains into Colorado.


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