Pariette Wetlands

Pariette Wetlands is the oasis of the Uinta Basin. It encompasses 10,627 acres, 7,931 of which are classified Desert Upland and 2,696 are classified as wetlands or riparian. and is the largest BLM wetland development in Utah. It is surrounded by vast miles of harsh, arid desert, yet Pariette Wetlands provide a green, marshy home for wildlife trying to survive in the desert lands of Utah. Made up of a perennial stream and 22 human-created ponds, the marsh area harbors diverse vegetation and wildlife in a stark climate. The site began in 1973, when the BLM officially applied for water fights to improve waterfowl production and provide seasonal habitat for other species including ring-necked pheasant, mourning dove, sandhill and whooping cranes, and peregrine falcon. A wide variety of raptors including the bald eagle, harrier, and prairie falcon also use the area. It has become a popular autumn hunting spot for waterfowl. This area provides an observation point where birds and other wildlife can be viewed. Mallard, gadwall, cinnamon teal, pintail and Canada geese are the most common waterfowl species. Herons, egrets, white-faced ibis, and American bittern are common wading bird species. Even an occasional river otter can be seen playing in the water. Bring along binoculars and wildlife/plant viewing guides for an unforgettable experience.

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Green River District: The Pariette Wetlands

Adventure is at Your Fingertips


Geographic Coordinates

40.03192, -109.77125


Road Conditions: Gravel roads generally suitable for cars, except in severe weather conditions.

Apple maps: Search for Pariette East Dike Reservoir.

Google maps: Search for Pariette Wetlands.

From Vernal, Utah (approx. 1.5 hours): heading west on highway 40, after 22.9 mi. turn left on to 7500 E. Fort Duchesne Rd and follow that road for 4.8 miles. Turn right onto 4750 S. for 180ft then turn left onto 7500 E/Farm to Market Rd. for 2 mi. Slight left at 6500S for .3mi. Continue onto 7000 S for .3 mi. Slight right onto Leland Bench Rd. for 1.3 mi. Turn right to stay on Leland Bench Rd for 1.3 mi. Turn left onto County road 2620 for 1.6mi. Turn Left onto Parriette Bench Rd. for 5.3 mi. Turn left for .3mi and you have arrived to the Parriette Wetlands.