Manti La Sal National Forest in Utah

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Manti La Sal National Forest

Visitors come to the Manti-La Sal National Forest for a chance to experience some of the most varied and diverse terrain on earth. From dry deserts to rugged canyons to snowy alpine peaks, you can find it here in the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

  • The Manti-La Sal National forest is home to 1,270,646 acres of forest land.
  • The forest is home to 25 developed campgrounds and many more backcountry camping opportunities.
  • Favorite activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and off highway driving.

Overview

The Manti-La Sal National Forest is home to some 1,270,646 acres of forest land. Due to the sheer size and scope of this forest, you could visit for a lifetime and never experience all there is to see here. The forest is divided into three districts: The La Sal District at Moab, The La Sal District at Monticello, and the Manti Division on the Wasatch Plateau. Terrains range from high mountains to low deserts. The area is home to the second highest mountain range in Utah – The La Sal Mountains. Recreation opportunities are nearly limitless here, whether it be camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, off-road driving, or horseback riding, you’ll find it here.

Location & Information

The Manti-La Sal National Forest is located in Utah and western Colorado.

Contact Information

Manti-La Sal National Forest
(435) 637-2817

La Sal District at Moab

This district is most regarded for its scenic trails located in the La Sal Mountains, the second highest mountain range in Utah. Mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing are all popular activities. The area can be also be experienced via the La Sal Mountain Loop, a 60 mile scenic drive that winds its way along the Colorado River and then through Castle Valley.

La Sal District at Monticello

Here you’ll find the forests only designated wilderness area, the Dark Canyon Wilderness , which is a well known destination for backcountry hiking and camping. Here you’ll also find the Abajo Mountains, a small mountain range topping out at a height of 11,362 feet. The Abajo’s are known for their small trail network, good for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. For armchair outdoorsman, the Abajo Mountains Drive is a 21 mile scenic drive that provides a great tour of the area.

Manti Division on the Wasatch Plateau 

This district is well known for its off-highway driving and ATV trails. One of the most popular, Skyline Drive, follows the spine of the Wasatch Plateau.

Camping

There are more than 25 developed campgrounds in the Manti La-Sal National Forest. Reservations can be made online or by calling 877.444.6777. Warner Campground, located near Moab, is ideal who for those looking for quick access to the La Sal Mountain’s abundant hiking trails. For Monticello, check out Dalton Springs and Buckboard Campgrounds. Joe’s Valley is one of the most popular campgrounds in the Manti district.

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