bugsy running on lone rock beach with the airstream and f-150 in the background

Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon–Big Trip #1

We stayed in Dixie NF in April 2016, during Big Trip #1.

On our tour along Utah’s Route 12, we spent 6 nights boondocking in Dixie National Forest. Red Canyon, with its vermilion cliffs and spires, green pines, and network of hiking and biking trails, was just a couple miles down the road (but even closer, as the crow flies) from our campsite. Here is Bugsy in our Dixie backyard:

dixie national forest

looking at these red rocks from the edge of Red Canyon, in the gully beyond our campsite:

red canyon dixie nf

On our first day in the area, as an intro, we hiked around the area adjacent to the Visitor Center, making a 2- to 2.5-mile loop of Pink Ledges, Hoodoo, Birdseye, Photo, and the bike trail.

red canyon dixie nf
red canyon dixie nf
red canyon dixie nf

Several days later we were back with the 59in59 guys, on the south side of the highway. We started down Thunder Mountain Trail, but quickly veered off to climb up to some interesting features we spotted above us.

red canyon dixie nf
thunder mountain red canyon dixie nf

Where’s Bugsy? ↓

red canyon dixie nf
red canyon dixie nf

Red Canyon is an easy and beautiful option for hiking and mountain biking along Route 12, without the National Park crowds.


4 responses to “Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon–Big Trip #1”

  1. […] a ton of hiking at the nearby parks. I’ve written separately about our visits to Red Canyon, Kodachrome, Bryce, and GSENM. Oh, and we visited Zion National Park, just over an hour from Scenic […]

  2. […] sprinkles around for contrast. We visited Bryce on our First Big Trip from our base in Dixie National Forest, and on our Second Big Trip, we stopped by for a hike on our way from Kanab to […]

  3. […] visited Zion from our base in Dixie National Forest, about an hour and a half away, which meant we got up at the crack of dawn in order to catch the […]

  4. […] exciting game, including the satellite dish trying to crap out on us, we parted ways, with plans to meet up again in Utah next […]

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