High Uintas Wilderness

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High Uintas Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Naturalist Basin.jpg
Naturalist Basin, in the High Uintas Wilderness
Map showing the location of High Uintas Wilderness
Map showing the location of High Uintas Wilderness
LocationDuchesne / Summit counties, Utah, USA
Nearest cityKamas, Utah
Coordinates40°44′18″N 110°29′49″W / 40.7382776°N 110.4968294°W / 40.7382776; -110.4968294[1]Coordinates: 40°44′18″N 110°29′49″W / 40.7382776°N 110.4968294°W / 40.7382776; -110.4968294[1]
Area456,705 acres (1,848 km2)[2]
EstablishedSeptember 18, 1984
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service

The High Uintas Wilderness /jˈɪntəz/ is a wilderness area located in northeastern Utah, United States. The wilderness covers the Uinta Mountains, encompassing parts of Duchesne and Summit counties. Designated as a wilderness in 1984, the area is located within parts of Ashley National Forest and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The highest peak in Utah, Kings Peak, lies within the wilderness area along with some of Utah's highest peaks, particularly those over 13,000 feet.

Mirror Lake Highway is closed in the winter, usually opening annually near Memorial Day. Winter access is allowed for snowmobiling (though snowmobiling is not allowed within the Wilderness Area), cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Summit ridge, High Uintas. Note series of glacial cirques gnawed into the ridge.

In popular culture

Despite being filmed in Canada, the area is specifically referred to in, and the setting for most of, the 2017 film The Mountain Between Us.

See also


  1. ^ "High Uintas Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  2. ^ "High Uintas Wilderness". Ashley National Forest, United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2009-01-30.

Further reading

  • Lynna P. Howard, Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide (Westcliffe Publishers, 2005) ISBN 1-56579-388-9
  • Bill Cunningham & Polly Burke, Wild Utah: A Guide to 45 Roadless Recreation Areas (Falcon Publishing, 1998) ISBN 1-56044-616-1
  • Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, High Uintas Backcountry: A Guide and Trip Planner (Outland Publishing, 1996) ISBN 0-9655871-2-6
  • Mel Davis & John Veranth, High Uinta Trails (Wasatch Publishers, 1993) ISBN 0-915272-37-7
  • Philip L. Fradkin, Sagebrush Country: Land and the American West (The University of Arizona Press, 1989) ISBN 0-8165-1236-1

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