Book Cliffs are one of the fewest used spots in Utah.
During a recent trip through the area I spotted two cars
in 110 miles of driving.
This area features an amazing array of scenic
the hunting seasons the usage rises, this is one of the premier
hunting regions in Utah.
Plenty of deer, antelope, elk and other animals frequent
the area. During
our last visit there a large hawk leapfrogged ahead of us for
about a half mile, seemingly leading us down the trail.
BLM controlled land is located South of Vernal.
From Salt Lake City drive East I-80 over Parley’s pass
to highway 40. Continue
on 40 to Vernal, drive through Vernal (being sure to fill up the
gas tank). Follow
the signs on the Eastern edge of town towards Bonanza.
Shortly after Bonanza the road turns to dirt.
you plan on heading North from I-70 to highway 40
get off on
either exits 220 or 225.
This way is a bit steeper, the terrain rises quickly in a series
of switchbacks up to the rim of the Books.
Book Cliffs provide scenery ranging from the red rock often seen in Southern Utah to the usual
green color of the Northern Alpine
altitude ranges from around 8000 feet to 4500 feet, the
differing altitude providing a variety of colors and smells.
The effects of forest fires are evident on a large
portion of the area, already new life is struggling to replace
the damaged forest.
you plan on traversing the area from North to South or South to
North be sure and have a map and compass.
This is a confusing area with mining or oil exploration
roads leading helter skelter.
There are a few BLM campsites scattered about, most of
these provide fire grates and a place to tie a horse up.
Please attempt to find these sites, forgo building
another “new” campsite.
old homesteads are easily found, I can only imagine the
hardships these people faced.
going to refrain from posting any detailed information.
I feel this is an area best explored without previous
knowledge, go have your own adventure.
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