Fourth of July Recreation and Safety Tips


USDA Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 30, 2016 – Campgrounds on the five Utah national forests are expected to be busy over the 4th of July. You can make reservations for a USDA Forest Service campground by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777. Most campgrounds have first-come, first-served areas available, but they fill up quickly on holidays.

Recreation users who plan to take their Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV’s) should contact local ranger district offices for current road and trail conditions. Always keep your OHV on designated roads and trails. TREAD LIGHTLY. If you are planning to use livestock (horses, mules etc.) on National Forest System lands, remember you are permitted to use only certified weed free straw, hay, or pellets.

Please keep campfires in the designated fire pits and make sure they are out cold before leaving them unattended. ABSOLUTELY NO FIREWORKS ON PUBLIC LANDS. When hiking, always carry extra water, food; take along a coat and matches in case the weather turns bad. Always let someone know where you are hiking and approximately when you will return. Never hike alone.

If you are target shooting, choose locations with little or no vegetation, use soft targets, avoid shooting rocks, metal or pressurized containers, be aware of the type of ammunition you are using; certain types of ammunition may increase sparks; tracers are illegal to use on public lands.

Higher elevation trails and roads are still wet, muddy, and have some snow drifts. For current road, trail, and campground conditions please call the Forest Service office that manages the area you are planning to visit.
Ashley National Forest (435) 789-1181 or
Vernal Ranger District (435) 789-1181
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area (435) 784-3445: Visitors using the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area has a use fee in designated areas. Day passes are $5, seven-day passes are $15, and annual passes are $35. Passes are available in Manila, Utah and Mountain View, Rock Springs and Green River, Wyoming, and local businesses in and around the Flaming Gorge area.


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