Red Canyon Off Highway Vehicles

Red Canyon in Dixie National Forest

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Red Canyon, Utah
Off Highway Vehicles

Utah's backcountry is an off-highway vehicle enthusiasts dream, but riding them in the national parks is out of the question. Red Canyon offers the scenery of a national park, but since it is governed by the Forest Service, motorized vehicles are allowed on the miles and miles of year-round trails that were made to keep motorized vehicle users happy.  Check with the Red Canyon Visitor Center for rules and regulations.

Off-Highway Vehicle Trails

Losee Canyon Trail
About four miles up Casto Canyon Trail is a junction to Losee Canyon. The 3 mile-Losee Canyon Trail takes users past select rock formations.

Barney Cove Trail
This 1.9 mile moderate trail is open to ATV's. The trail is used primarily as a connector trail between the Casto Canyon and Fremont ATV Trails.

Casto Canyon Trail
From East Zion, drive north on Highway 89, turn toward Red Canyon on Scenic Byway 12. Drive about 4 miles, looking for the turn off to Casto Canyon. (Forest Service Road 118) This loop is open to off road vehicles, hikers, dogs, horses and mountain bikes. The trail is endowed with red rock beauty and forested lands with towering ponderosa and bristlecone pines. The elevation gain is 950 ft.

Red Canyon Hoodoo

Red Canyon Hoodoos

Uplift determined where the walls would be, but then walls eroded to fins, fins eroded to hoodoos.  Wind, water and ice shape and form the hoodoos. Red Canyon's hoodoos are a richer red than those of Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks.  The variance in the color of the Claron formation is due to the amount of manganse and iron that is present.

Scenic Byway 12

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Red Canyon is located between east Zion and Bryce Canyon making it a must do stop on your Utah vacation.

Naturalist NotesNature Notes

Bird Watching in Red Canyon is fascinating. There are 175 different species of birds that frequent the area. Look for Bluebirds, Ravens, Cassin's Kingbird, the Ruby Crowned Kinglet, the Scrub Jays, Stellers Jay, Black throated Grey Warbler, Tanagers, the Olive Sided Flycatcher, Osprey, the Town-sender's Solitaire, Williamson's Sap Sucker, Hermit Thrush, Clark's Nut Cracker.

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