Dixie National Forest takes up almost two-million acres of southern Utah public lands and much of it is used for fishing, swimming, biking, horseback riding, hiking, hunting, camping, picnics, photography, scenic drives, boating, and winter activities. Amid the vast forested land is 83,000 acres of wilderness. The Forest Service uses multiple-use management guidelines. This means
that they manage resources in a way that benefits the people,
while ensuring the productivity of the land and protecting the quality of the
environment. The National Park Service focuses on preservation and education. It serves
the people in another way, preserving the natural and cultural resources within
their boundaries. The state park system is
similar to that of the national parks, but since they are managed on a state
level they have fewer restrictions and different rules. Just a portion of the immense national forest is Cedar
Mountain and Red Canyon.
Duck Creek Visitor Center
The quaint building was built in 1933, but was not a visitor center until 1994. It is located on Utah SR-14, near Duck Creek, 28 miles east of Cedar City. For detailed information see the Forest Service page.
Just for Fun
There is so much to do in the forest. There are mountain bike trails, hiking trails, backpacking, camping, swimming, fishing, ATV trails, snowmobile trails, caves to explore, wildflowers to smell, lava rock to checkout, Junior Ranger program and nighttime ranger programs in Cedar Breaks. Be sure to see Duck Creek Village, Navajo Lake, Duck Creek and drive out to the many side roads to see unexpected treasures.
Duck Creek Village
Located on SR-14, 30 miles from Cedar City, Utah has some quaint shops and restaurants as well as real estate offices. Private homes do exist in this part of the forest. Historically the community was known as Meadow View Movie Ranch. The high altitude (8,300 feet) was the set for Daniel Boone, My Friend Flicka and How the West was won.
Utah's Dixie National Forest: Cedar Mountain
Cedar Breaks National Monument is surrounded by Utah's Dixie National Forest. From Mt. Carmel Junction, drive north on US-89 to the junction with U-14. SR-14 is known as Cedar Mountain which is the scenic byway to travel to Cedar Breaks. Once on Cedar Mountain, travel through the beautiful forest, and then turn at the signed highway to Cedar Breaks - U-148.
It's 22 miles from Mt. Carmel Junction to boundary of Dixie National Forest and 45 miles to Cedar Breaks.
Utah's Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon Red Canyon is a unique part of Dixie National Forest that is not only traveled through on the way to Bryce Canyon, but it has eroded hoodoos like Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks. It is found along U-12
Two young girls explore the trails on Cedar Mountain.
Lodging and services are available on the gorgeous east side of Zion National Park, where guests are close to Zion National Park (12 miles), Bryce Canyon National Park (60 miles), Cedar Breaks National Monument (45 miles), Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (85 miles). It's where city traffic is absent and the skies are bright and clean.
Duck Creek is a popular fishing spot on Cedar Mountain in Dixie National Forest.
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Written by the authors of the book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National Park
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