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Mount Timpanogos, Utah, American Fork Canyon

Mount Timpanogos

Mount Timpanogos was designated as a wilderness area in 1984 to protect the flora and fauna unique to this area while encouraging the enjoyment of recreational activities.

Designated Wilderness Areas in Utah

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The High Uintas, Mount Olympus and Dark Canyon are three of Utah's multiple wilderness areas that provide opportunities for the public to enjoy the quiet and solitude of landscapes left wild. Some areas, like Dark Canyon and Box Death Hollow are stunningly remote. Others, like Mount Olympus and Twin Peaks are within a few miles of a major metropolitan area, yet feel a world apart.

Each of Utah's wilderness areas offers a unique experience for the traveler; all are a breath of fresh air.

With more than 1 million acres of federally designated wilderness, no matter where you are in Utah, there's pristine land nearby for hiking, wildlife watching and backcountry solitude. Check with lands administrators (BLM, national forest) for information on permissible wilderness activities, including horseback riding and camping regulations. Some wilderness areas come into contact with important watersheds. Noncommercial fishing and hunting may be available seasonally and with licenses. To protect the space, motor vehicles, mountain bikes and other mechanized equipment are not permitted.

Twin Peaks Wilderness Area
Twin Peaks Wilderness Area, Wasatch Front

Check with local U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offices for information and permits, includijng for commercial photography, where necessary: 

U.S. Forest Service

Intermountain Region Office
324 25th St.
Ogden, UT 84401
(801) 625-5306

Bureau of Land Management

Utah State Office
440 W. 200 South, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 539-4001

Forest Service Wilderness Areas 

Acres Location
Mt. Naomi
44,350 Northern Utah
Wellsville Mountains
23,850 Northern Utah
High Uintas
456,705 Northeastern Utah
Mt. Olympus
16,000 Wasatch Front
Twin Peaks
11,463 Wasatch Front
Lone Peak
30,088 Wasatch Front 
10,750 Wasatch Front
Deseret Peak
25,500 Northeastern Utah
Mount Nebo
28,000 Central Utah
Ashdown Gorge 7,000 Southwestern Utah
Cottonwood Forest 2,650 Southwestern Utah
Pine Valley Mountains
50,000 Southwestern Utah
Box-Death Hollow
25,814 Southern Utah
Dark Canyon
45,000 Southeastern Utah

BLM Wilderness Areas

Area Acres Location
Cedar Mountain
Northeastern Utah
Deep Creek 7,500 Southwestern Utah
Red Mountain 18,700 Southwestern Utah
Cottonwood Canyon 11,700 Southwestern Utah
Beaver Dam Mountains 2,600 Southwestern Utah

Cougar Canyon
Doc's Pass
Slaughter Creek 


Southwestern Utah
Zion Wilderness 124,000 Southwestern Utah
Canaan Mountain 44,500 Southwestern utah
Paria Canyon 20,000 Far South
Black Ridge Canyon  5,100 Southeastern Utah