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Historic Burr Trail, south of Capital Reef NP
HIGH DESERT: Southern Utah is a magical place to explore. Red rock and National Parks, State Parks – too numerous to name. Outdoor recreation around every corner – from river rafting to rugged canyon hikes, wildlife watching to wheeling. Dispersed camping, very abundant. Dirt back roads, by the many miles. Hiking and biking, all over!
The east-west Interstate 70 splits the state, so most parks are located south of the freeway. Green River is a highway town, along I-70 and the mecca, Moab, is south of the interstate.
MOAB, UT (southeast Utah) – is a hot bed of recreation activities, tourism, hotels, shopping, plus the 2 National Parks.
TORREY, UT (south central Utah) – hip mountain village, next to Fish Lakes National Forest and Capital Reef National Park. Restaurants, motels, RV Campground with showers, and a grocery stop.
SPRINGDALE, UT (southwest Utah) – the small river town that has merged with neighboring Zion National Park. Tourists everywhere.
Seek the small back roads to get you up and around the outskirts of Zion – very scenic drives. Ghost towns, pinyon & juniper forests, hidden canyons, watrfalls, kolobs and buttes. North of Zion NP, Navajo Lake and Cedar Breaks National Park @ 8000′ elevation – can have snow more than half the year, so plan according.
UTAH TIP = Beware: Thunderstorms and heavy rains are part of the package here in this desert state. Extreme flash floods possible, know the weather forecast and the warnings. Stay out of slot canyons during rainy season. Watch out for wet, muddy, red dirt roads. You’ll get stuck, even in 4WD.
Small farming towns are scattered throughout the National Park areas, some more geared for travelers than others. Many National Forests and BLM areas to camp (for free). Usually just a few miles outside the National Park boundaries. The further you get off pavement, the more seclusion you can find. Find the nearest ranger station and ask some questions – if needbe.
utah = remote
Utah Park Maps by NatGeo
National Geographic makes these colorful, durable, waterproof maps for all the Utah Parks.
Areas surrounding Borrego Springs, Anza Borrego Park map, Julian & Warner Springs. PCT access (Pacific Crest Trail) plus Table Mountain, Sheep Canyon, OHV Deserts Ocotillo Wells SVRA, McCain Valley Camping, Carrizo Gorge Trestle Hike, Jacumba Hot Springs, Tierra del Sol 4×4 Trails, San Diego Lake Morena, Barrett Lake, Campo CA Potrero Regional Park, Agua Caliente Hot Springs, Vallecito, Carrizo Goat Trestle & Canyon sin Nombre Badlands.
Trails Illustrated Map from National Geographic. Sierra Buttes, Donner Pass in Tahoe National Forest map #805. Lakes Basin Map, Mount Rose Wilderness, Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Jackson Meadows, Stampede Reservoir, Truckee Backcountry Mountains, Hiking Trails, Trail Milage. Interstate 80 California. High country map. Many roads and trails to explore. 2-sided map. Very detailed & colorful. Waterproof Plastic Map; Tear Resistant. GPS data. Scale = 1:63,360 ISBN#9781566953818
Forest Road #54 is FREE forest camping with Buttes view.
Lakes Basin Recreation Area
Lakes Basin Recreation Area Map USDA
Plumas Eureka State Park
The NFS Map & Recreation Guide covers the Sierra Buttes as well.
North of Gold Country, the granite spires tower above the North Yuba River. Sierraville, Sierra City and Downieville, the mountain bike mecca of the Northern Sierra Nevada. Plumas-Eureka State Park is also featured on this particular map. This region is big river and alpine lakes, stunning, beautiful high country up here, with the Lakes Basin Recreation Area (only accessible for half the year, due to snow pack).