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Rock Creek Canyon is located on the South slope of the Uinta Mountains, it is located about 30 miles North of Duchesne. There are many old tales told about Rock Creek Canyon, legend has it that this area is home to many old Spanish gold mines. I’ve done a fair bit of research into the validity of these old tales, I’m leaning towards the pure legend conclusion.

To reach Rock Creek drive North out of Duchesne on highway 87, take the turn off towards Moon Lake onto 21000 West, follow this to Mountain Home. At Mountain Home turn left, and follow the road to the canyon.

Regardless of whether this area contains riches to be found, it does contain many recreational treasures. There are many fishing opportunities to be found on Rock Creek, hiking and horseback riding are also popular. The first part of the canyon is on Tribal lands, respect their property and don’t attempt to fish or camp without a permit. The road is paved all the way to the Upper Stillwater dam.

There are three campgrounds in the canyon, Miner’s Gulch, Yellow Pine, and Miner's Gulch
Upper Stillwater. Miner’s Gulch is the first campground encountered once you leave tribal land and enter the National Forest. This campground consists of one group site, the site accommodates 40 people and five
vehicles. The cost per night is $50.00, there is a $9.00 reservation fee as well, reservations are highly recommended as this site is usually full all summer.

Yellow Pine CampgroundThe Yellow Pine campground is located about ¾ of a mile from Miner’s Gulch. This is one of the nicer campgrounds on the South slope of the Uintas. The campground roads are all paved, kids will have no problems riding bikes around the campground. There are 29 sites and all feature firepits, picnic
tables and nearby bathrooms. Lodgepole pines provide plenty of shade, the sites areYellow Pine  Campground also well spaced. Sites 1-17 are all reserveable, once again, this is a campground that will usually be full. A huge avalanche narrowly missed the campground last winter, the remnants of it are a fascinating glimpse into the power of nature.

The Upper Stillwater campground is located at the end of the paved road. This Upper Stillwatercampground is also nestled in a stand of Lodgepole pines, plenty of shade and well spaced campsites are the draw. There are 19 well spaced sites, like most forest service campsites they all feature picnic tables and fire pits. The Upper Stillwater reservoir sits just above the campground, Rock Creek runs right next to the campground, plenty of fly fishing opportunities exist.

At the end of the paved road is the trailhead for the High Uintas Wilderness
area, hiking trails head up Rock Creek into Grandaddy Basin. Fire road 134 continues on over back to highway 35 near Hanna. Fire Road 134 This drive is very scenic, the road winds through the forest up and over ridgelines and through beautiful meadows. Passenger cars could make the trip if they have no regard for the suspension or underside of their vehicle.

Be sure and visit Rock Creek, and enjoy your stay there.

Nearby Areas:

Currant Creek

North Fork of Duchense River

Yellowstone Canyon

Moon Lake

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