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.
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.
To locate Cedar
Breaks National Monument, turn-off SR-14 to SR-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. The Duck Creek Visitor Center has an excellent staff to help find information for those who are visiting Cedar Mountain.
Red Canyon, a spectacular oasis of rock nested in a vast forest known to locals
as "Dixie." The two-million acre, 170 mile long forest ranges from
Red Canyon's arid desertscape of sandstone hoodoos to a lush high altitude forest
Red Canyon is located along Scenic Byway 12, just 9 miles from Bryce Canyon.
Passing through it is required to get to Bryce Canyon National Park from the
west. From the east, stay on Highway 12, past the junction of highways 12 and
63 for 9 miles, to find Red Canyon. As part of Dixie National Forest, rather
than a national park or monument, there are no entry fees to drive through or
hike in Red Canyon.
When thinking of southern Utah, many think of red sandstone. Red Canyon has this in abundance. Cooler summers and crisp winters characterize the Red Canyon recreation area. Red Canyon is set at 7400' and provides a prime area for cross country skiing, cool summer hiking, horseback riding and ATV trails. Like Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon is open year-round. Southwestern Utah is the
ideal place for year-round recreation. Although both Cedar Mountain and Red Canyon are part of Dixie National Forest, they are very different.