Late Spring Still Affecting Camping Conditions on Forest


Although most developed campgrounds are open on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, campers should be prepared for mud, fallen trees, and high, swift waterways throughout the Forest. Forest managers are asking that campers stay on roads and camping spurs in campgrounds to avoid damaging the campgrounds and getting stuck in the mud.

Dispersed camping may not be possible in traditional areas due to fallen trees, saturated soils, and rock falls. If vehicles are making deep tracks in the soil, the driver should stop and return to drier ground. Camping is not allowed more than 150 feet off of an official road.

The cold weather and slow snowmelt have made it impossible for Forest Service employees to have water turned on and tested at all campgrounds where water is usually available. As of Friday, June 24, water was not on at Gooseberry Campground, and had not been tested at Indian Creek Campground. Water at Indian Creek should be boiled before drinking.

Flat Canyon Campground cannot be accessed due to snowdrifts; Big Rock Campground is closed due to flood damage; and Twelve-Mile campground cannot be accessed due to snow. Access to Pete’s Hole and Grassy Lake is too muddy for trailers.

Although many roads are open, mud and snow at higher elevations make them impassable. Current closures are: East Mountain, Ferron to Mayfield; Orangeville to Ephraim; South Skyline Drive; Most of North Skyline Drive; Little Clear Creek/Lake Fork; Lowry Water Road at Mill Canyon; and the Pinchot Trail. Geyser Pass and La Sal Pass are closed on the La Sal Mountains.

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