Where are wilderness areas?

There are three designated wilderness areas in the Central Wasatch Mountains. These areas are Twin Peaks, Mt Olympus and Lone Peaks Wilderness Areas. They are located east and southeast of Salt Lake City.

Why are wilderness areas important?

There are many reasons why designated wilderness areas are important and should be protected. First, some designated wilderness areas are watersheds and provide clean drinking water that goes to thousands of people. Second, they provide places for visitors to discover peace, solitude and opportunities for outdoor recreation. Third, designated wilderness areas provide economic opportunities by providing jobs and attracting tourism. Fourth, these areas provide undisturbed ecosystems for wildlife, helping to preserve species.

Can you swim in wilderness areas?

Swimming is permitted in wilderness areas that are also not designated watersheds. The majority of the Central Wasatch is a watershed area, which limits where users can swim. Part of Lone Peak Wilderness is inside the Watershed boundary. This puts restrictions on swimming, camping and bringing in domesticated animals. The northern and central part of Lone Peak is a watershed area.

Are fires permitted in wilderness areas?

Fires are permitted in wilderness areas, but some areas have restrictions. In the Lone Peak Wilderness Area, campfires are not permitted in Silver Lake Basin, Red Pine and Maybird Drainages. Fires are restricted in this area due to it being a popular backcountry camping location. Excessive gathering of dead and downed wood degrades animal and plant habitat and negatively affects soil quality.