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The Bureau of Land Management in Utah has an abundance and diversity of recreational opportunities and stunning landscapes that attract visitors from across the state, region, country and world. From mountain biking Moab to canyoneering in the San Rafael Swell; river running the Dirty Devil to OHV riding Little Sahara; driving Nine Mile Canyon to hunting in the Henry Mountains, BLM-Utah provides countless opportunities to explore 23 million acres.
Back Country Byways
Back Country Byways provide an exciting opportunity for more people to discover public lands. The best way to get to know a new place is to leave the highway, travel the back roads, and explore the side trails.
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Bull Creek Pass: The Bull Creek Pass Back Country Byway is a sixty-eight mile drive that traverses the rugged and remote Henry Mountains. The pass has many spectacular views but be aware that it has many steep grades and rough sections. Visit the Richfield Field Office website to learn more.
Nine Mile Canyon: Nine Mile Canyon Back Country Byway is an exciting journey into the history of prehistoric cultures, early travelers. Magnificent canyon scenery, still home to an array of easily spotted wildlife also awaits your visit. Visit the Price Field Office website to learn more.
Pony Express Trail: Relive a part of the West’s history where riders traveled 150 years ago. You can stop at the old stations and interpretive sites where riders would change to fresh horses as they completed their 1,800 mile mail run. Visit the Salt Lake Field Office website to learn more.
Silver Island Mountains: Visitors looking for a good dose of solitude can find it here. While touring along this arid range of rugged mountains, you will see the shoreline carved by ancient Lake Bonneville and pass through a portion of the California Trail. Visit the Salt Lake Field Office website to learn more.
Smithsonian Butte: From the byway see the towering slickrock pinnacles and balancing rocks of Canaan Mountain and panoramic views of Zion National Park. For a glimpse at an old ghost town, stop at nearby Grafton. To learn more please contact the St. George Field Office: (435) 688-3200.
Transcontinental Railroad: This route follows the path of the first transcontinental railroad. There are interpretive signs at points of interest, as well as the visitor center and museum at Golden Spike National Historic Site. Visit the Salt Lake Field Office Website to learn more.