Camp at Christmas Meadows in the Uinta National Forest

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Located 36 miles from Evanston, Wyoming, Christmas Meadows Campground is a secluded and peaceful spot from which to base your adventures in the High Uintas Wilderness. The campground sits above the Stillwater Fork of the Bear River, surrounded by Lodgepole Pine, Aspen, and a beautiful meadow. Recreational opportunities abound including, fly-fishing, canoeing, and of course, hiking.  

Just four miles from the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, this limited site campground is a great alternative to the larger, busier campgrounds at lower elevations. There are just 11 sites here, a few of which are first-come, first-serve. Amenities include picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, drinking water, and trash collection. There is also a camp host from which to buy firewood, but check ahead of time to make sure this will be available or bring your own. The campground is dotted with lodgepole pine and aspen and beautiful wildflowers in Summer. Stunning views of Ostler Peak and the surrounding meadow are also part of the allure of this location.   

The Christmas Meadows Trailhead is located just outside of the campground. This is the starting point for the hike to Amethyst Lake, one of the most picturesque spots in the Uintas. The river is located just a short walk from the campground, and is an ideal spot from which to fly fish. 

This campground is situated at 8,800 ft. so be advised that it can get cold at night, even in the middle of Summer. Rain showers are also a common occurrence here but they are usually brief and light at that time of year. However, always be prepared with warm, waterproof clothing when camping, or when hiking in the backcountry as conditions can change quickly.  Mosquitoes can be an issue so be prepared and bring the bug spray.  They become less of a problem later in the season.  

The Christmas Meadows campground is usually open from early June (after the snow melts) until late September, depending on conditions. There is an $18.00 fee, with a discount available to those who hold an America the Beautiful pass. Reservations can be made here.  

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