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Manti La Sal National Forest

National Forest
The Abajo Mountains from the east on a bright winter day. – S. Taylor

ADA Accessibility Notes

The National Forest is not officially accessible to the physically challenged unless they are outdoor enthusiasts used to traversing difficult and demanding terrain. However, some US Forest Service Campgrounds are ADA accessible.

Manti La Sal National Forest within the Four Corners Geotourism area includes the Abajo or Blue Mountains, the south aspect of the La Sal Mountains, and Dark Canyon Wilderness. The Abajos, located west of Monticello, are a series of high peaks, with Abajo Peak being the highest at 11,360 feet. A network of trails cross-cross the mountains, providing panoramic views of high deserts, Shiprock, Sleeping Ute Mountain, and the pinnacles of Monument Valley. A portion of the mountains are watersheds for the towns of Monticello and Blanding. Information on trails and camping is available in Monticello.

The La Sal Mountain in the northern portion of San Juan County are higher with one peak reaching 13,000 feet.

Dark Canyon Wilderness lies on the west side of the Abajo Mountains and includes high mountain as well as desert terrain, flora, and fauna.

Pet Friendly Notes

US Forest Service regulations regarding pets apply. The forest is a wild area and pets should be kept on a leash or under strict control while in this natural environment.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, camping, OHV trail riding, jeeping, hunting, fishing.

Camping in developed campgrounds at Dalton Springs, Buckboard, Nizhoni, and Devils Canyon.

Dispersed camping throughout the forest outside posted watershed areas.


Seasons Accessible

Spring through autumn with cross country skiing opportunities after the snow falls. Roads are closed during the winter, except the main access road from Monticello to a X-Country skiing and snowmobile area.


Fees are charged at the US Forsest Service campgounds.