Piute County Rainbow
Discover the Magic and Beauty of the
Land Where the Rainbow Ends

Fishlake National Forest

Rising as the green oasis in Central Utah, the mountains and plateaus that form the Fishlake National Forest are vital resources for the intervening valleys. Water, recreation, wildlife, timber, grazing, geothermal energy, and minerals come from the forest. Residents from the surrounding areas and adjacent states visit the forest for climatic relief in the summer and hunting in the fall.

The 1,461,228-acre forest provides a wide variety of scenery and climatic zones. Much of the forests lower elevations land is covered with sagebrush, pinyon pine, and juniper trees, while red-rock desert can be found in the southeast corner. At higher elevations, meadows are interspersed with bands of aspen and conifer. Here, there are more than 70 perennial streams and about 60 lakes and reservoirs. Crowning the forest is the alpine zone of the Tushar Mountains where peaks exceed 12,000-feet in elevation, and the stark terrain and wide vistas make for a visual feast.

About 2400 miles of roads, paved and unpaved, provide access to nearly all of the forest. High clearance vehicles are desirable to traverse most of them. The forest is also home to the Paiute ATV Trail, which joins with the Great Western Trail, the Fremont Trail and the many popular motorized trails in the Dixie and Manti-LaSal National Forests., This forms the largest interconnected, motorized trail system in the country.

Fishing Opportunities Abound

Mackinaw, splake and several species of trout can be caught year-round.
Fishlake is home to one of the largest deer and elk herds in Utah.