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MANTI-LASAL NATIONAL FOREST
This National Forest consists of a large unit of ; land in central Utah, along with two tracts in the southeastern part of the state. On these lands are the Abajo and Lasal Mountains, with peaks over 12, 000 feet, and also the high Wasatch Plateau.
There's one designated wilderness area, the 45, 000-acre Dark Canyon Wilderness. Scenery throughout the National Forest includes cirque ba-I sins, narrow canyons with red rock cliffs, mesas, ridges, hills, and some creeks.
Vegetation ranges from cactus and sagebrush to pinyon-juniper and forests of spruce-fir, ponderosa pine, and aspen. Among the wildlife are i elk, moose, mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, i and coyote.
Activities: Some 200 miles of trails are available for backpacking and hiking, including an 85-mile section of the new Great Western Trail (see entry page 278).
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Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous.
Horses are allowed on most trails. Cross-country skiing is possible here when there's adequate snow. Fishing is another option. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout most of the National Forest, as are campfires, except near public use areas or where otherwise prohibited. No permits are necessary.
For Further Information: Manti-Lasal National Forest, 599 West Price River Drive, Price, UT 84501; (801)637-2817.