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Fish Lake National Forest
The Fishlake National Forest occupies 1.4 million acres of plateau and mountain land and offers great opportunities to view scenery and wildlife.

Most visitors view the Forest while traveling by vehicle. There are two scenic byways and several backways that transverse the Forest offering splendid vistas. The Paiute ATV Trail is a 260-mile loop with an additional 500 miles of marked side trails. Some visitors also enjoy horseback riding or hiking. There are 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and many open areas for your exploring pleasure.
Motor vehicles are restricted in some areas. This map displays travel opportunities and restrictions for National Forest System lands only.
For more information contact: Fishlake National Forest Supervisors office (435) 896-9233

Fish Lake
Fish LakeFish Lake, from which the forest takes its name, is considered by many to be the gem of Utah. The largest natural mountain lake in the state, it offers trophy fishing and bird watching. Great local fishing guides offer Southern Utah Fly Fishing Trips that can be catered to your needs.

Fish Lake is located along Hwy 25, about 7 miles east of Hwy 24. It is about 20 miles northwest of The Snuggle Inn in Loa and 34 miles southeast of Richfield at I-70. Fish Lake is a large natural lake, 6 miles long and 1 mile wide, located 8,800 feet up in the deeply forested Fishlake Mountains. The lake is a bit too cold for swimming, but there is good fishing for large lake trout. In the surrounding area are some good hiking and biking trails. Winter brings heavy snow and opportunities for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing.

Fish Lake is a great place to escape the summer heat and find good fishing. But itís when temperatures drop down below zero that the fishing really gets hot! Fish Lake is one of the best places in the world to ice fish for big trout. Big rainbows, bigger splake and nice lake trout are often pulled from its frigid waters.

As an added bonus, the lake occasionally yields a big brown. It also offers zillions of small perch, which are easy to catch.

Wildlife sightings of elk, deer and small game are common. There is also a large population of waterfowl as well as Golden and Bald Eagles.

Thousand Lake Mountain
Thousand Lake Mountain is in South-Central Utah just North and West of Capitol Reef National Park and North of Boulder Mountain. Thousand Lake Mountain is surrounded by several small towns including Loa.

The areas on and around Thousand Lake Mountain are used for farming, camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. Thousand Lake Mountain is located in the Eastern most section of Fishlake National Forest. A section of the Great Western Trail traverses the mountain from north to south.

Thousand Lake Mountain Road is a scenic route noted for its exceptional, panoramic views of the surrounding Painted Desert country. The unpaved road climbs steeply through evergreen forests, from 6,800 feet at the Hartnet/Caineville Wash/Polk Creek roads junction (24 miles from Hwy 24 at Loa) to 9,500 feet on Thousand Lake Mountain, then drops to 7,000 feet at Hwy 72. The mountain road is normally open from mid-June to late October. The road is closed during the winter and spring due to deep snow and muddy conditions.
For more information contact: Fishlake National Forest 435-896-9233.

Boulder Mountain
Boulder Mountain, part of the Dixie National Forest, has over 100 lakes several - offering some of the finest fishing in Utah. There are over 192 miles of trails on Boulder Mountain, and views from the rim are among the most breathtaking in Utah!

Boulder MountainBoulder Mountain rises 11,000 feet above Capitol Reef National Park. It makes up half of the Aquarius Plateau, a forested highland that covers some 900 square miles west and north of scenic Hwy 12.

There is a wealth of biking, hiking, and some great fly-fishing opportunities for trout. There are also some wonderful scenic drives through and around the range. The area is not heavily promoted, so visitation is relatively (and pleasantly) light.

The Highest point on Boulder Mountain is Bluebell Knoll, at 11,313 feet. The largest lake is Blind Lake, covering 52 acres, with a maximum depth of 52 feet. Key attractions: The east slope overlooks Capitol Reef National Park and the south slope overlooks Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, both offering spectacular scenery. Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area is located on the southern edge. Powell Point, on the southwest edge, provides an amazing panoramic view.

For more information contact: Dixie National Forest, Teasdale District: (435) 425-3775, Escalante District: (435) 826-5400.

Parker Mountain
Parker Mountain is approximately 265,584 acres in size and is managed by private, state, and federal land management entities. It is home to North Americaís fastest land animal the pronghorn antelope. From a small transplant 40 years ago, the Parker Mountain herd has grown to provide not only a seed for herds all over the region, but it has provided great hunting, and wildlife watching opportunities as well as an economic boost to Wayne County.

It is also home to mule deer, elk, sage grouse, pygmy rabbits, Utah prairie dogs, and many other wildlife species. The landscape is composed of multiple sagebrush species, including big sagebrush, silver sagebrush, and black sagebrush as well as a variety of grasses and forbs.

Henry Mountains
Henry MountainsThe backroads of the rugged and secluded Henry Mountains are home to America's only herd of free-roaming buffalo! Today they mostly live on the western slopes of the Henrys. During the summer they stay in the higher, cooler elevations, while in the winter they move to Swapp Mesa and Tarantula Mesa west of Mount Pennell. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources maintains the herd at about 200 individuals.

The summit of Mount Ellen (the north most corner and highest peak) offers spectacular views of central Utah.

Factory Butte
Factory Butte, a prominent monolith northwest of Hanksville, has been featured in an international textbook on geomorphology.

Tourists stop in at Factory Butte to photograph fields of desert flowers and blooming cacti. These blooming fields provide a stunning foreground for the North Caineville Mesa and Factory Butte formations. The best time of year to enjoy the flowers of Factory Butte is during the spring from late March to early June. Bright purplemat and bee-plant yellow flowers cover the foreground of the Factory Butte rock formation.

Factory Butte has been prominently photographed because of its dramatic mancos-shale ridges and flowering desert landscape.

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