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Book Cliffs Area
Wildlife Watching > Book Cliffs Area (UT) 
60 miles south of Vernal, Utah.
This area contains 455,000 acres of diverse vegetation and wildlife. Sagebrush, greasewoods, and junipers are found at the lower elevations around 5,500 feet, while Gamble oaks, mountain mahoganies, aspens, and Douglas firs are at the highest elevations around 8,200 feet. Although only 60 air miles south of Vernal, Utah, the area remains remote, with rough and dusty dirt roads. Several old ranch sites, mining remains, and an abundance of wildlife give the area a “frontier” mystique. The vista is broken by deeply incised canyons rising up from the sagebrush, through tall aspens and pines, to the panoramic Book Cliffs Divide. Willow, Bitter Creek, and Sweetwater are the perennial streams that gently wind their way out of the high country to feed the slowly moving Green River.
Stop at the BLM office to obtain a map, directions, and information on road conditions. Many gravel roads are unmarked.
Visitor Activities
Wildlife viewing, hiking, birdwatching, fishing, big-game and small-game hunting, plant viewing, scenic drives, and horse packing.
Special Features
Visitors may see deer, elk, and black bears. Blue and sage grouses, numerous hawks, antelope, mountain lions, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians also inhabit this diverse and unique landscape.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
There are no fees or permits required. Check with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for information on hunting and fishing license requirements (152 East 100 North, Vernal, UT 84078, (435) 789-9453).
Camping and Lodging
There are no developed facilities in the area. Primitive camping is available throughout the area in the spring,summer, and fall. Commercial camping and motel accommodations are available in Roosevelt and Vernal, both about 60 miles away.
Food and Supplies
Gas, food, and supplies are available in Vernal (60 miles) and Price (80 miles), Utah, and in Rangely (25 miles) and Grand Junction (50 miles), Colorado.
First Aid
There is no first aid on-site. The nearest hospitals are in Vernal, Utah, and Grand Junction, Colorado.
Additional Information
This is a very remote, rugged area accessible only by gravel and dirt roads. The roads often have a sharp, shale surface that causes numerous flat tires. Carrying two spare tires is recommended. Some roads are impassable when wet. Uintah County maintains a majority of the roads year-round, except for some at the highest elevations in winter. A high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended. Visitors should carry extra water and food, and have a full tank of gas.
Contact Information
BLM - Vernal Field Office
170 South 500 East
Vernal, UT 84078
Tel: (435) 781-4400              

Vistas at the remote Book Cliffs Area present a spectrum of landscapes, from desert to lush hills, deep valleys to cliff-top overlooks. (Jerry Sintz, BLM Utah State Office (retired))

Book Cliffs Area Map

Last updated: 10-23-2009