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General Description

Deadhorse Trailhead Campground, nestled within the beautiful Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, offers campers a secluded experience in nature. This campground serves as a gateway to numerous trails that cater to hikers, horseback riders, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Location and Access

Deadhorse Trailhead Campground is located within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah. Access to the campground may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. Typical access involves forest roads that may require a high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle, especially after inclement weather.

Camping Facilities

The campground offers basic amenities which may include:

  • Campsites with picnic tables and fire rings
  • Vault toilets
  • A parking area suitable for trailers and RVs, although the length of vehicles that can be accommodated may be limited

Note: Water and electrical hookups are typically not provided at this kind of forest service campground, so come prepared with sufficient water and an understanding of dry camping or boondocking practices.

Campground Operation

Seasons: The operating season for the campground can be limited to the summer and early fall, depending on snow levels and weather conditions.

Fees: There may be a nightly fee associated with camping at Deadhorse Trailhead Campground. Fees help maintain the facilities and are subject to change.

Reservations: Check if the campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis or if reservations are possible through the National Recreation Reservation System or another service.


The campground provides access to a variety of activities, including:

  • Hiking: Many trails branch out from the trailhead offering hikes varying in length and difficulty.
  • Horseback Riding: The trailhead is equipped for riders to begin excursions into the forest.
  • Wildlife Watching: The area's ecosystem supports a diversity of wildlife, and you might see various animals and birds.
  • Fishing: Proximity to rivers and streams may offer opportunities for fishing, depending on local regulations and fish species present.

Regulations and Safety

  • Fire Safety: Follow strict fire safety rules, especially during dry or high-risk periods. Sometimes a fire ban may be in effect.
  • Wildlife: Store food properly and learn how to minimize wildlife conflicts, especially regarding bears if they are present in the area.
  • Leave No Trace: Pack out all trash and adhere to Leave No Trace principles to keep the campground and forest clean.
  • Weather: Be prepared for rapid weather changes and carry appropriate gear.
  • Permits: Special recreation or wilderness permits may be required for certain activities or large groups.


The degree of accessibility for those with disabilities can vary. Contact the ranger district for the most up-to-date information on accessibility at the Deadhorse Trailhead Campground.


For emergencies, the nearest hospital or emergency service may be several hours away. Always have a plan to communicate in case of an emergency since cell service may be unreliable or non-existent.

Important Contacts:

  • The nearest ranger district office will have information on conditions, permits, and emergency contacts.
  • Local sheriff's department for law enforcement issues.

Note: It's essential to check the latest updates from the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest official website or contact the local Forest Service office for the most current information about the Deadhorse Trailhead Campground, as conditions and regulations may change.

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