Heber Mountain

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

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FR-083 & FR-054
Heber City, UT 84032
435-783-4338
435-654-0470
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GPS: 40.4126, -111.1801

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: grass
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 9849 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Salt Lake City, UT
23 Evo T2050
2014 Toyota Tundra
35 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: N/A

Grand Adventure would stay here again

“Boondocking paradise”

Reviewed Jul 24, 2017

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Heber Mountain is not so much a site as it is a broad area, roughly a hundred thousand acres of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest bounded by UT-35 to the north and US-40 to the south. It's located to the east of Heber City and southeast of the resort town of Park City, Utah. This also includes areas known as Duchesne Ridge and Currant Creek. Numerous Forest Service roads criss-cross this entire area, nearly all of which are legal for dispersed camping. See the Heber-Kamas Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for specifics: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/uwcnf/maps-pubs. Main Forest Roads in this area are graded gravel, while side roads are usually unmaintained and bumpy.

The area is accessible by heading east on Center Street from downtown Heber, which becomes Lake Creek Road and remains paved for about 12 steep, twisty miles to the National Forest boundary where the road becomes FR-083 and turns to graded gravel. A couple of miles after the pavement ends you'll reach the intersection of FR-054 and FR-083. From here, pick a direction and find a spot. Heading left on FR-054, only street legal vehicles are allowed. Turn right on FR-083 and off-highway ATVs are permitted. Be aware that you can also access the area from the north by turning off UT-35 at Wolf Creek Pass (FR-054 or FR-091), or from the south along US-40 (FR-082 or Currant Creek Road).

Heber Mountain itself sits at the northwest corner of this broad area, a 10,200-foot summit that doesn't look like much because the land surrounding it sits at 9,000-10,000 feet ASL. The summit thus doesn't have much prominence above the surrounding land. For the weekend of July 21-23, 2017 we picked a small knoll at 9,870 feet about a quarter mile due south of Heber Mountain on FR-094 (40.412854 N, -111.1825567 W) that had a rare amenity for this area: 4G on Verizon, two bars! Friends with AT&T had 1 bar and fickle service. If we walked 300 yards from camp we lost service completely. We enjoyed 270-degree views including the Wasatch Mountains to the west, and the High Peaks of the Uinta Mountains to the north. Previous campers left a couple of rock fire rings behind.

We were also camped just around the corner June 23-25, 2017 (40.406491 N, -111.178863 W) where cell service was non-existent at our site. Winter of 2016-17 was a good snow year, and some roads in the area were still impassible in late June due to lingering drifts. This area is used by snowmobilers in winter and these roads are not plowed, the effects of which at this altitude can easily last into early summer. Check with the Heber-Kamas Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest (435) 654-0470 for current conditions.

I've uploaded photos of both of these campsites we've used in 2017.

In years past we've also camped several times along the West Fork Duchesne River on FR-050 (bumpy and rough), and on the Duchesne Ridge along FR-091 (best access is via a decent dirt road from Wolf Creek Pass, but the further you go from Wolf Creek Pass the worse it gets). If you insist upon actually paying for a campsite, within this area there's even the Mill Hollow Campground (https://www.campendium.com/mill-hollow-campground) and Currant Creek Campground (https://www.campendium.com/currant-creek-campground), although there are no hookups at either so you'll still be dry camping anyway. The possibilities in this area are nearly limitless.

Finally, realize that this is open range where ranchers lease the land for grazing sheep. If you arrive at a site and hear sheep in the distance, consider picking another site, for there's nothing like a few hundred sheep wandering (and pooping) through your campsite. Trust me, I know.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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