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The Ultimate Southwest Vacation includes Red Canyon in Dixie National Forest!
Stay in Mt. Carmel Jct., the heart of the parks, and visit
the treasures of the Southwest.
Red Canyon 47 miles
Plan your Red Canyon vacation with our Utah maps and information.
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
Zion National Park 12 miles
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Sand Dunes 11 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Coyote Butte 57 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Toroweap 90 miles
In these pages you will find insiders information on Red
Canyon adventures and hiking. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps,
pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds,
things for kids to do and even information on Red Canyon's hidden treasures.
Making summer memories in the Utah National Parks and National
Directions to Red Canyon
From Salt Lake City travel south on Interstate 15 past Beaver
to UT 20. Exit on UT 20. Turn south on UT 89 and travel past Panguitch. Follow
UT 89 to UT 12. Travel along UT 12 to Red Canyon.
From Las Vegas: Travel Interstate 15 past St. George to Exit
16. Drive through Hurricane, Utah. Follow Hwy 9 through Hurricane and to the
only stop light in LaVerkin. Turn right at the stop light. Continue on Hwy 9
to the south entrance of Zion Park. Drive through Zion to the junction of UT
9 and UT 89 at Mt. Carmel Jct. Turn north on UT 89, then exit on UT 12. Follow
UT 12 to Red Canyon.
Canyon hoodoos are unique in appearance and organization from
those of nearby Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks. In Red Canyon the numerous red
hoodoos line the road instead of filling an amphitheater.
Red Canyon - Utah
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.
Dixie National Forest
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
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.
Red Canyon Visitors Center
The Red Canyon Visitor Center was completed in the winter of 2004. It is
located along Highway 12 and is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Information
is offered inside on hiking, ATV trails, 4WD trails, horse trails and the beautiful
paved bike trail that runs through Red Canyon. There are some fun hikes in Red
Canyon including the Birds Eye Trail. This is a moderate .8 mile hike that takes
hikers up close to red rock formations. The 3 mile Losee Canyon Trail takes hikers
past some select rock formations.
Like Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon is open year-round. Southwestern Utah is the
ideal place for year-round recreation.
Red Canyon Camping
The seasonal Red Canyon Campground is shaded by ponderosa pines, junipers
and Douglas firs. The 35 site campground usually closes the first day
of October and opens again May first. The charge for camping is $11 per day.
There are tables, grills, group sites, flush toilets, showers and a few RV pull