As Lake Bonneville receded, the evaporation left the flats, which are 90% salt. Today, visitors, film makers, and land speed racers make the Bonneville Salt Flats a world famous destination.
BLM Public Lands in Utah
The Bureau of Land Management is an agency within the U.S. Department of Interior that administers more than 245 million acres of America's Public Lands - nearly 23 million of which are located in Utah. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Many of Utah's most scenic and unusual recreational opportunities are found on these lands, publicly-owned by all U.S. citizens. Whether you are an experienced hiker, amateur rock hound, well-traveled sightseer, avid hunter or ATV enthusiast, BLM-managed lands provide you the chance to pursue your hobbies and enjoy Utah's rugged landscape.
The Utah State Office of the Bureau of Land Management is located at 440 W. 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, 84101, (801) 539-4001.
The Utah State BLM web site is www.blm.gov/ut/st/en.html. From this site, you can click on the field office or area of the state for which you are seeking information and you will be forwarded to the appropriate link.
To make BLM campground reservations, visit www.recreation.gov, or call (877) 444-6777 in the U.S. or (518) 885-3639 internationally.
Northwestern Utah Area
From the stark beauty of the Bonneville Salt Flats, home to many land record-setting speed events, to the rugged peaks of the Deep Creek Mountains, Salt Lake area BLM lands offer nearly three million acres of Great Basin landscape to explore. You can spend a day following the Pony Express Trail or tracing the abandoned Central Pacific Railroad grade around the north end of the Great Salt Lake, experiencing landscapes that are virtually unchanged from the days of the pioneers. The Knolls Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers 36,000 acres of sand dunes and mudflats in the Great Salt Lake Desert, while Fivemile Pass southwest of Lehi, Utah provides another popular locale for dirt bikers.
Salt Lake Office 2370 S. 2300 West Salt Lake City, UT 84119 (801) 977-4300
Northeastern Utah Area
This area is not only dinosaur country; it is a human recreation wonderland. The Pariette Wetlands, the oasis of the Uintah Basin, provides a green home for wildlife and makes for a prime bird watching spot. Butch Cassidy visited the John Jarvie Ranch in Brown's Park, which still retains many of its century-old buildings. Fantasy Canyon provides a rock trail tour of some of the most delicate sandstone features in the world. A map of this remote canyon is available at the area office.
Vernal Office 170 S. 500 East Vernal, UT 84078 (435) 781-4400
Central Utah Areas
The Little Sahara Recreation Area, (435) 433-5960 or (435) 743-6811, which offers off-highway vehicle enthusiasts 60,000 acres of fun in the sun and sand, is one of the recreational highlights on BLM-managed land in Utah. Central Utah also includes sites for exploring our prehistoric past, desert mountain ranges, and primitive camping and fishing opportunities. Notch Peak, reached by a stunning hike in Millard County, rises to 9,700 feet and its ragged silhouette dominates the desert skyline. Close by are the Trilobite Beds and Topaz Mountain Rock Hounding Areas. The Henry Mountains in Garfield County reach almost 12,000 feet at the top of Mt. Ellen. This range is one of the few places in the country where a bison herd roams freely. Hog Springs, a beautiful picnic area along the Bicentennial Scenic Byway, makes the perfect stop to hike and see rock art. In Emery County, the San Rafael Swell is an outdoor recreationist's playground. Guided tours of the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, one of the world's foremost dinosaur fossil sources, are available weekends in the spring and fall, and every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Traveling east, you'll find the Green River, a premiere river trip locale through Desolation/Gray Canyons, Utah's deepest. Nine-Mile Canyon just west of the Green River is internationally known as the world's longest art gallery, with hundreds of Native American rock art sites adorning its walls.
Fillmore Office 95 E. 500 North Fillmore, UT 84631 (435) 743-3100
Richfield Office 150 E. 900 North Richfield, UT 84701 (435) 896-1500
Price Office 125 S. 600 West Price, UT 84501 (435) 636-3600
Southwestern Utah Areas
BLM-managed land in southwestern Utah is patterned by towering sandstone formations, scenic slot canyons, colorful sand dunes, rolling sagebrush, expanses of pinyon-juniper, and patches of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. Pioneer history, cowboy traditions, archeological treasures, desert sunsets, and colorful landscapes entrap anyone who ventures in. Whether you are here to hike, hunt, photograph the unique geologic formations, or simply to enjoy the scenery or find solitude, southwestern Utah makes a great destination. Scenic Highway 12 is one of the most spectacular drives in the western United States, running from the town of Torrey to the town of Panquitch, and passing through the Cocks Comb Ridge, the Red Gate formation, the Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon National Park, and BLM's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The vast landscapes of this National Monument, BLM's first, offer visitors a variety of recreational opportunities for a wide range of users. From the solitude of lonesome canyons to the excitement of winding rugged backways, the Monument is truly a treasure. To the west, the Parowan Gap is renowned for the Fremont petroglyphs incised on its walls. Further south, the newly designated Red Cliffs National Conservation Area offers more than 130 miles of non-motorized recreation trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trail riding, as well as camping and day use areas. These attractions are accessible from St. George, Kanab, Cedar City, Beaver and Escalante.
Cedar City Office 176 East D.L. Sargent Dr. Cedar City, UT 84721 (435) 865-3000
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Offices Escalante Interagency Office: 755 W. Main St., Escalante, 84726, (435) 826-5600 Kanab VC: 745 E. Hwy 89, Kanab, 84741, (435) 644-4680 Big Water VC: 20 Revolution Way, Big Water, UT 84741, (435) 675-3200 Cannonville VC: 10 Center St., Cannonville, UT, 84718, (435) 826-5640
Kanab Field Office 745 E. Hwy 89 Kanab, UT 84741 (435) 644-4600
St. George Office 345 E. Riverside Dr. St. George, UT 84790 (435) 688-3200
Southeastern Utah Areas
The extraordinarily scenic and diverse landscape of southeastern Utah, with access to both the Colorado and Green Rivers, provides a kaleidoscopic range of opportunities for those seeking outdoor experiences. Recreational opportunities range from casual sightseeing and hiking to more physically demanding activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, and river running. Mountain biking in canyon country can be anything from a challenging ride on the Slickrock Bike Trail, which offers a terrific combination of challenging riding and scenery, to a leisurely ride along backcountry roads. The area also boasts hundreds of OHV routes and hiking trails. Cedar Mesa is a popular area for hiking and backpacking to see Ancestral Puebloan cliff ruins and rock art in a natural setting. Many miles of spectacular canyons lined with cliffs cut across the mesa. Some ruins are amazingly inaccessible, perched high on ledges and under overhangs. Serpentine Grand Gulch, entrenched into the otherwise gently sloping surface of Cedar Mesa, features miles of winding canyons lined with cliffs that provided sheltered overhangs to people in the past. Muley Point Overlook offers a panoramic sweep across Monument Valley and the spectacular Goosenecks of the San Juan River below. Multi-agency visitor resources include the Moab Information Center, (435) 259-6003, on the corner of Main and Center Streets, San Juan County Visitor Services in Monticello at 117 South Main Street and the Blanding Visitor Center at 12 North Grayson Parkway in Blanding.
Moab Office 82 E. Dogwood Moab, UT 84532 (435) 259-2100
Monticello Office 365 N. Main St., PO Box 7 Monticello, UT 84535 (435) 587-1500
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