In this second part of our three-part blog series, we’ve highlighted Utah’s Fishlake National Forest, located less than an hour from the Lodge at Red River Ranch.
Fishlake National Forest is one of the most beautiful forest areas in the state. It contains over 1.4 million acres of deciduous and coniferous trees, thousands of acres of prime waterfront and miles of hiking, horseback riding, and ATV trails. Fishlake National Forest is the perfect place to go fishing, hunting, or simply exploring. Fishlake National Forest gets its name from Fish Lake, the prominent body of water in the southeastern part of the forest area. If you’re looking for a starting point in Fishlake Forest, begin with Fish Lake.
When to Visit – This depends on what you want to do. Trial hiking or riding is best done in the summer months. Hunting, of course, takes place in the early and late autumn. You can go snowmobiling in the winter. And you can fish all year long, provided you have the right gear. So really, Fishlake National Forest is an all season playground.
How to Get There – We, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, recommend going to Fish Lake first. This is located off Utah Highway 24. It will take approximately fifteen minutes from the town of Loa to the turnoff for Fish Lake. There are lots of other great places in Fishlake Forest, many of which can be accessed from Interstate 70.
Nearby Attractions – Fish Lake is about an hour east of Capitol Reef National Park. If you have the time, make a trip into the park.