Utah Great Forest the Uinta Mountains Day Tour
Enjoy a ride through the majestic Uinta mountains. Watch for a variety of animal life such as Moose, black bear, and mule deer. Ride through the depths of the Rocky Mountains and enjoy the lush pine and Alpine forests. There are two separate tours that you can take, the first is the Mirror Lake Loop and the second tour is the Moon Lake Loop.
The Mirror Lake Loop crosses over the Provo River Falls as well as several old glacier lakes. Using the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, we visit the Mirror Lake Campground at an elevation of 10,400 feet. There are numerous well-maintained hiking trails in the campground that go around the lake. The Scenic Byway cuts through the Uinta Mountains, which are known for their abundant recreational opportunities and natural beauty.
Mirror Lake is at the base of the 11,943-foot Bald Mountain. The campground rests among a forest of white forest trees, which provide partial shade during the warm summer months. During this time the forest displays an array of colorful summer wildflowers that dot the landscape. Summer temps range from 65 – 75 (18.3C – 23.9C) during the day to 40-50 (4.4C – 10C) at night.
Next, we visit Black Forks Ghost Town, one of the best-preserved ghost towns in Utah. This ghost town is significant due to its history. Black Forks began in the 1870s as a mountain man trading post. Later it became a functioning logging town, supplying labor to the railroad, after which, it was abandoned sometime in the 1930s.
Finally, we end our trip at Fort Bridger State Historic Site at the Wyoming State line. This historic site maintains and interprets historic structures and remnants from its five eras of occupation. These include:
- Mountain Men
This is also a one-day trip with lunch provided.
The road is usually not closed for the winter.
Many trails came through Fort Bridger, including the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Pioneer Trail, Pony Express Trail, Overland Trail, Cherokee Trail, and Lincoln Highway. The Fort is not far off the interstate and is a great place to stop, relax, and learn a little history.
The Moon Lake Loop takes you through a lot of beautiful scenery across the Uinta Mountains and Dinosaur Country. We go to Moon Lake Campground, which is on the southern slope of the 13,000-foot-tall Uinta Mountains. Visitors come here to see unique landscapes along the 2-mile-long shores. The crisp mountain air is a refreshing change from the staggering summer heat in the desert below the Uintas. Numerous types of wildflowers grow here, and the landscape is covered in various flowers and plant life. This beautiful oasis is also dotted with different trees such as Douglas Fir, Lodgepole Pine, and the simple Aspen that provide shade against the sun.
From the crystal-clear Moon Lake, we travel to Bullionville Ghost Town, where people still successfully pan for gold! In the 1880s, a cowboy/prospector named L.P. Dyer was looking for gold in the high Uinta’s. He found a little but ended up finding loads of copper. Many copper mines opened soon after, and Bullionville was established. Bullionville was a bustling mining town, and it prospered until the early 1900s when copper veins were played out. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps gave the site another breath of life when they established a camp there.
Journey to Mystical Arches and Canyonlands Day Tour
Step back in time with us and enjoy the natural beauty and carefree life. Encounter the majestic arches and settings that envelop as far as the eye can see. With a short hike, you can experience sacred Indigenous American ruins.
Arches National park inspires the exquisite, unique backdrops and incredible rock formations. You can almost hear the ancient land and the people of it calling out to you. This adventure explores the profound beauty of this desert oasis. Many find peace, wonder, and awe within these lands. Bring an open mind and prepare to be inspired.
This day trip is all-inclusive. (snacks, unlimited bottled water, lunch, and park entrance fees included) Please bring sunscreen, layered clothing, bug spray, comfortable walking shoes, a visor or hat, and sunglasses.
Historical Pony Express Trail of Utah Day Tour
The journey back to the Old West starts in Salt Lake City. Driving past the Old Downtown Station that was the central hub for the Pony Express and the Stagecoach office. Head west toward the desert. See and feel what it was like to travel the area in the old days. Feel the heat radiate upwards from the hot desert floor. Stop at various old Pony Express Stations and imagine hiding here from rogue bands of outlaws and small Indian hunting parties. Your guide on this journey has intimate knowledge of the area and personal stories that have been passed from ancestors that worked for the Pony Express. Stop at Camp Floyd, once a Civil War military fort. It is arguably the most extensive forts of the time. Some of the famous people that have passed the area are:
- Horace Greely
- Mark Twain (Samuel Clemmons)
- Sir Richard Burton
- Porter Rockwell
- Bill Hickman
- General (the Colonel) Albert Johnston
Next stop, Vernon, Utah. You will be driving alongside the original Pony Express Trail, making stops at places such as Look Out Pass and Simpson Springs.
At Simpson Springs you can enjoy a catered lunch. Afterward, you will start out for Dugway Pass, stopping at several old ghost towns. Using old family journals, your guide will regale you with historical stories, legends, and myths from the area. There are several areas where pony express riders ran and hid from the Native Americans. See where these battles happened and hear how that many brave warriors fought and died for their lands. This is also the same route that Jim Bridger traveled and many famous people and outlaws of the time. Next, it’s off to Gold Hill. This ghost town still has a few people living here. At some point in this tour, we will usually encounter a large band of wild horses and a herd of antelope. We end this adventure in Wendover where you will have a dinner buffet. At this point, you decide to stay the night and try your hand at the Casino, or we will take you back to Salt Lake City. The entire trip is around 8 to 10 hours. The price above does not include an overnight stay at Wendover. We can add this in the price for a fee.