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Experience the Spectacular Canyon  Country Tour

Stay in Mt. Carmel Jct., the heart of the parks, and visit the treasures of the Southwest.

Mileage: Mt. Carmel Jct.
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Zion National Park 12 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
Sand Dunes 11 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Toroweap 90 miles
South Canyon 75 miles

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In these pages you will find insiders information on Dixie National Forest. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds and things for kids to do.

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Directions to Dixie National Forest

From Salt lake City: Take I-15 south, exit at Parowan. Take U-143 south
to Dixie National Forest.
From Las Vegas: Take I-15 north to Cedar City. Take U-14 to Dixie National Forest.
From Mount Carmel Junction: Take US-89 north to U-14 and into Dixie National Forest.
From Arizona: Take US-89 north thru Mount Carmel Junction to U-14 and turn west to Dixie National Forest.

U-14 is also called the Markaguant High Plateau Scenic Byway.

Dixie National Forest Visitor Center

The Duck Creek Visitor Center has an excellent staff to help find information for those who are visiting Cedar Mountain.




Dixie National Forest

The Markagunt High Plateau Scenic Byway, U-14, from Cedar City to its junction at US-89 is a popular area in Southern Utah, known as Cedar Mountain. This Utah scenic byway crosses through Dixie National Forest, the largest national forest in Utah, consisting of almost two-million acres of wooded areas, ponds, lakes and mountains.

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Cedar Mountain Scenery

Cedar Mountain lies within Dixie National Forest.  This beautiful scenic road is lined with rows of crowded aspens. Having the opportunity to drive this scenic byway in September, as green leaves transform to red and yellow, is a real treat. One of the popular scenic views on Cedar Mountain is of picturesque Navajo Lake. Many of the hiking trails on Cedar Mountain begin at Navajo Lake.

Cedar Breaks Scenic Byway

To locate Cedar Breaks National Monument, turn-off highway 14 to highway 148. Cedar Breaks is a three mile wide, two thousand foot deep amphitheater of elegant hoodoos. Cedar Breaks is less crowded than Bryce Canyon. It is sitting two thousand feet higher than Bryce Canyon which results in cool summer weather. Once in the monument, there is a five-mile rim drive with four view points to stop.

Dixie National Forest Recreation

In the winter, there are cross-country ski trails and snowmobile trails at Duck Creek, located across the highway from Navajo Lake. There are also many timber roads on Cedar Mountain maintained for skiing and snowmobiling.  Summer brings the campers and fishermen to the campgrounds and lakeside shores of the forest. Hunting season brings hoards of people dressed in orange and all year long folks are beating the dirt with camera in hand.  Dixie National Forest is a haven for photographers.  Wildlife and idealist scenery lure people from every corner of the world. Dixie National Forest is in a wonderland of national parks and national monuments.  Smack in the middle of Cedar Mountain is the beautiful Cedar Breaks National Monument. Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon are all just a short drive away.  Red Canyon is an interesting section of Dixie National Forest.  Unlike Cedar Mountain with it's lakes, streams and groves of trees, Red Canyon is a nest of red rock hoodoos.


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