Hiking Dixie National Forest
Virgin River Rim Trail
This is an easy .77 mile hike to a view of Zion National Park in the distance. The trail ends in a grove of magnificent bristlecone pines. Look for the trailhead immediately west of the turn-off to Cedar Breaks. An interesting tidbit is that the bristlecone pines are the oldest living things on earth.
Below the Rim at Cedar Breaks
Hike the whole ten miles or just take the family a couple of miles along the trail to explore the various trees, including the Bristlecone Pine trees and the wonderful views of Ceadar Breaks from along the trail.
Navajo Lake Loop Trail - Walk or bike this picturesque loop trail. Bike rentals are available at Navajo Lake.
Zion Overlook - This is not a hike, but an inspiring scenic overlook. Zion National Park looms in the distance. The West Temple to the left, the Kolob Plateau straight ahead and the Pine Valley Mountains to the right. In the forefront from left to right is; Causeral Point, Fife Gulch, O'Neil Gulch and the Black Mountains. The two bodies of water in the forefront are Deep Creek to the left and Aspen Lake to the right.
Strawberry Point - Drive out to this scenic view point for spectacular views of forested land and red rock formations.Ice Cave - This cave is much smaller than Mammoth Cave. In fact there is only one chamber, but there are year-round icicles. Find the Duck Creek Visitor Center by turning at the Navajo Lake turn-off and then drive past the visitor center and follow the signs to Ice Cave.
Mammoth Cave - Mammoth Cave was created by lava flow millenniums ago and left long tubes as it cooled. The cave looks like a big hole in the ground at first glance, but its fun to explore. Take a good light for every person going. The cave is pitch dark after the first turn. The exit is a small tube that allows only enough room to get on your belly and slide through. If you are large or claustrophobic turn around and go back the way you entered. Caution: water seepage at the end of the cave makes the rocks slippery. Wear appropriate hiking shoes into the cave.
Dixie National Forest, Utah
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