Hidden treasures! Vacation Pleasures!
Whether you are coming to explore the high wilderness areas backpacking, enjoy a family reunion in a destination facility, cast a line into some of the best fishery waters in Utah, take part in one of the many area annual events, let your cares dissipate as you watch migrating birds or play the links on Utah’s best municipal 18 holes, you have made the right choice.
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Wildlife – Duchesne County can be wild. From greyling in the high mountain lakes, to fly fishing in the numerous streams and rivers, to the home of state record warm water fish, anglers can find an adventure that suits them. Need help getting started? Falcon’s Ledge Resort, near Altamont, is Utah’s ONLY Orvis recognized fly fishing school.
Migratory birds like osprey, ferruginous hawks, eagles and many other raptors call Duchesne County home. Nearby Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, consisting of 12,000 acres of upland game and riparian habitat, 12 miles of Green River shore line, and set in a desert environment, is a resting migratory stop or nesting home for 209 species of birds. If upland game is more your idea of ornithology, there are areas for hunting pheasants in special Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Wildlife Management Areas or you can book a guided hunt at the Orvis endorsed Pleasant Valley Hunting Preserve.
Big game is a big deal in Duchesne County. Here you can find all the major big game legally hunted in Utah including, deer and elk. Hunt the Ashley National Forest, or hire a professional local guide for a world class hunting experience.
Activities for the outdoor enthusiast are as endless as the miles of trails, shorelines, and roadways.
Bike trails, ATV trails, dirt roads and rural macadam roadways offer excursions for road bikes, dirt bikes, ATV’s, mountain bikes, road bikes, water craft, boats and of course snow mobiles in the winter. Don’t forget your helmets and appropriate safety gear.
Day hikes, extended backpacking, and horseback rides all lead to destinations like the roof of Utah at 13,528 foot Kings Peak, the Grand Daddy Lakes past Defa’s ranch, and the pristine lands of the High Uinta Wilderness. Trails in Nine Mile Canyon lead visitors into pictograph galleries of one of the largest pre-historic rock art sites in North America.
Vacation with family or friends at one of the 10 destination private resorts located within Duchesne County.
From secluded rooms for two to a lodge built to hold 90, these resorts offer complete recreational packages. Book a wedding, hold a reunion or reward your employees with a working corporate retreat.
Ashley National Forest creates the northern boundary of Duchesne County and includes improved campgrounds at various elevations from 6,000 feet to over 13,000 feet. The forest boasts 1,156 campsites and eight picnic areas. Dispersed camping is allowed in the National Forest and offers a 14 day occupation limit for primitive camp sites.
Events in Duchesne County include rodeos, annual car shows, Ute Indian Tribal Pow Wows, the Duchesne County Fair, the annual Walleye Classic and the 100 year old tradition of Uintah Basin In Celebration (UBIC), a three day extravaganza held in Roosevelt the first weekend of each August. Families come together, reunite, join friends and meet visitors during these festive family oriented special occasions.
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