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Camping:  North Fork of Duchesne River

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The North Fork of the Duchesne River is on the South slope of the Uinta mountainsThe North Fork of Duchesne River is a popular fishing area, it is a popular area with fishermen, hikers, and campers. This location sees a lot less traffic than the more popular places like the Mirror Lake Highway. The river lies in the bottom of a beautiful valley, the scenery is spectacular to say the least.


The North Fork is also the trailhead for travel into the Grandaddy Lake region. This is North Fork of Duchesne River provides spectacular scenerya prime spot for backpacking and backcountry fishing. There are numerous lakes scattered throughout the area, many serving up fat trout for dinner.

From the Salt Lake valley the easiest and most scenic way to North Fork is to drive West on I-80 to Highway 40, head East on 40 to the exit pointing towards Kamas. Once at the blinking light in Kamas head right and continue on to Highway 35. Continue driving on 35 up and over Wolf Creek Pass, after about 27 miles you should see signs pointing to the left for the North Fork. It should take you about and hour and a half or so to get there.

Aspen CampgroundThere are three campgrounds located along the river. The Aspen is the first you will encounter, it’s also the nicest maintained of the three. There are 32 sites, sites 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, and 31 are all located near the banks of the river. You’ll be treated to the soothing sounds of a gurgling stream while you sleep. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit, there is plenty of trees providing shade in the campground.

The Hades campground is the next one you will come along. Hades has 14 sites, these sites are a bit tighter spaced than the Aspen campground. There aren’t quite as many trees providing shade either. No horses are allowed in the campground.

Iron Mine CampgroundThe Iron Mine campground is located highest in the canyon, this campground is located at 7535 feet. Just like the other campgrounds it can get a bit cool in the summer, be sure and bring warm clothes for the nights around the fire. There are 28 sites in the campground, the spacing isn’t bad but the sites are somewhat overgrown. There are small aspens and pines to provide shade and a pleasant environment.

All the campgrounds are $10.00 per night for a single site and $16.00 for a double. There are quite a few places to primitive camp along the road as well, head down some of the spur trails if you wish to escape the campground scene. But, if you do, please pick up after yourself and carry a self-contained toilet.

Stone FaceBe sure and stop to take a look at the “Stone Face”, this is an interesting piece of geology that bears a striking resemblance to a chiseled human face.

I’d highly recommend taking a weekend to check out the North Fork.

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Yellowstone Canyon

Rock Creek

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