North Fork of Duchesne River
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The North Fork of the Duchesne River is on the South slope of the Uinta
mountains, it is a popular area with fishermen, hikers, and campers. This
location sees a lot less traffic than the more popular places like the
Mirror Lake Highway. The river lies in the bottom of a beautiful valley,
the scenery is spectacular to say the least.
The North Fork is also the trailhead for travel into the Grandaddy Lake
region. This is a prime spot for backpacking and backcountry fishing.
There are numerous lakes scattered throughout the area, many serving up fat
trout for dinner.
From the Salt Lake valley the easiest and most scenic way to North Fork is
to drive West on I-80 to Highway 40, head East on 40 to the exit pointing
towards Kamas. Once at the blinking light in Kamas head right and continue
on to Highway 35. Continue driving on 35 up and over Wolf Creek Pass, after
about 27 miles you should see signs pointing to the left for the North Fork.
It should take you about and hour and a half or so to get there.
There are three campgrounds located along the river. The Aspen is the first
you will encounter, it’s also the nicest maintained of the three. There are
32 sites, sites 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, and 31 are all located near the
banks of the river. You’ll be treated to the soothing sounds of a gurgling
stream while you sleep. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit, there is
plenty of trees providing shade in the campground.
The Hades campground is the next one you will come along. Hades has 14
sites, these sites are a bit tighter spaced than the Aspen campground.
There aren’t quite as many trees providing shade either. No horses are
allowed in the campground.
The Iron Mine campground is located highest in the canyon, this campground
is located at 7535 feet. Just like the other campgrounds it can get a bit
cool in the summer, be sure and bring warm clothes for the nights around the
fire. There are 28 sites in the campground, the spacing isn’t bad but the
sites are somewhat overgrown. There are small aspens and pines to provide
shade and a pleasant environment.
All the campgrounds are $10.00 per night for a single site and $16.00 for a
double. There are quite a few places to primitive camp along the road as
well, head down some of the spur trails if you wish to escape the campground
scene. But, if you do, please pick up after yourself and carry a
Be sure and stop to take a look at the “Stone Face”, this is an interesting
piece of geology that bears a striking resemblance to a chiseled human face.
I’d highly recommend taking a weekend to check out the North Fork.
Iron MIne Campground
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