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The Manti-La Sal National Forest covers 1,270,646 acres (5,142.1 km2) and is located in the central and southeastern parts of the U.S. state of Utahmarker and the extreme western part of Coloradomarker. Much of the forest is on a mountain range near Moab, Utahmarker known as the La Sal Rangemarker. The maximum elevation is Mount Pealemarker, reaching 12,721 feet (3,877 m) above sea level.

The La Sal Mountain loop road leads from Castle Valleymarker to Geyser Passmarker and back down to Moab. Scenic Oowah Lake can be found within the forest.

In descending order of land area, the forest is located in parts of San Juanmarker, Sanpetemarker, Emerymarker, Utahmarker, Grandmarker, Carbonmarker, Seviermarker, Montrosemarker, and Mesamarker counties. (Montrose County and Mesa County are the only ones that are in Colorado. Only about 2.1% of the forest lies in Colorado.) Forest headquarters are located in Price, Utahmarker. There are local ranger district offices in Ephraimmarker, Ferronmarker, Moabmarker, Monticellomarker, and Price.

The forest was originally established as the Manti Forest Reserve by the General Land Office on May 29, 1903 with 584,640 acres. On July 1, 1915 Nebo National Forest was added, and La Sal National Forest on November 11, 1949. On August 28, 1958 the name became Manti-La Sal National Forest.

First snow in La Sal Forest
Fall Aspen foliage in La Sal Mountains

See also


  1. Table 6 - NFS Acreage by State, Congressional District, and County, 30 September 2008
  2. USFS Ranger Districts by State

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