About one-third of the Turtle Canyon Wilderness supports pinyon-juniper woodland and nearly one-third of the area contains Douglas fir and mountain shrub. The remainder of this wilderness is predominantly rock outcrop. Flat areas in the southern portion are limited to canyon floors, ledges, and narrow ridge tops. South of the cliffs, alternate layers of soft and resistant rocks form a landscape of benches and slopes cut by canyons 100 to 500 feet deep. The wilderness has small populations of cougar, elk, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and black bear. Peregrine falcons and bald eagles also frequent the area.
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 Turtle Canyon Wilderness.
Located in Emery County, about 8 miles southeast of Sunnyside, 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.