Muddy Creek flows east across the northern portion of the Muddy Creek Wilderness then south through the eastern portion, and forms a deep canyon through Wilderness. The south-central portion of the wilderness consists of steep mesas. The southern part is a mesa bisected by Muddy Creek Canyon, and is locally referred to as "The Pasture" west of the canyon and "Keesle Country" east of the canyon. Pinyon, juniper, and desert shrub are the predominant types of vegetation, but the plant cover in the wilderness is generally sparse. The upper reaches provide dramatic views of the twisted and carved character of the area, surrounded by the volcanic evidence and up thrust rock structures.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Muddy Creek Wilderness.
Located in Emery County, about 30 miles south of Emery, UT.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.