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The Best Hikes in Dixie National Forest

41 Triplog Reviews in the Dixie National Forest
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1 mi • 25 ft aeg
These panels are located in a visually pleasant valley amid comb-like rock formations. An area archeologist advised us that the rock writings are of Ute, Navajo, Fremont, and what he termed “formative” peoples (meaning a blending of Fremont and early “Anasazi”). It was interesting to see how far back the more modern rock “writings” went (1883). However we cannot for the life of us understand the motivation behind shooting up the panels.
4 mi • 828 ft aeg
Zion was simply too dam hot! After a trip to Lava Point during the day Sunday, I drove to the East Rim Trail trailhead and when I arrived at 6 PM I still found the temperature near 100, with an overcast. No way was I doing that trail! Besides, I was still tired from the day before on the West Rim. So, I was going to Cedar Breaks!

Like a small version of Bryce without the Asian tourists screaming at each other in the amphitheater or the Dude Ranch horse tours, it is quiet, cool, and a nice place to relax and enjoy the scenery. This is what I think of as the Monument's main trail, as it is the longest out along the rim, and it has great views. There are others, but this takes you to some spectacular scenery. Bristlecone pines are at both view points, btw. Also, a creek runs right along the trail in parts, and is enjoyable to stop at.
4.5 mi • 200 ft aeg
This is perhaps the most reknowned mtb trail in the states, and it's different than any trails (including Sedona) that I've been on before. The trail is basically a moguls route through the sandstone boulders of the Utah desert. While I had a pretty good idea of why white knuckled mountain bikers have developed their rep over the years, this route sealed the deal for me:). The entire trail is striped white to offer a very clear directional path, but that doesn't mean that more than a few times upon seeing the arrows I thought to myself, you've gotta be sh***ing me! Some of the incline and declines were very sharp without relief, and crashing on slickrock doesn't feel that great. There were a couple times I had to hike a bike up some of the sharper inclines, and swallow my guts on the way back down :y:

Given the terrain, it's a time consuming ride, and keeping an eye on my watch I ran out of time early on and had to head back to catch my ride. I was the only mtber in my group, and convinced my wife and friend that they should go grocery shopping and fill up gas while I go for a ride, he he he he (I'd driven the last ~800 miles so I figured fair). Turns out the joke was partially on me as we embarked on our hike later in the day at which point I then realized how much this ride totally drained me. Hope I get a chance for redemption to slay the dragon...
3 mi • 828 ft aeg
Stopped in for a short trip and photo op with nice light and clouds. Squirrel tried to intimidate me for food, and a marmot was a total photo hog. Love the Bristlecone pines! Not too many folks on the trail and everyone in a great mood. Even got my windshield cleaned while I was getting fuel at the Conoco in Beaver, UT! Definite positive vibes in this area of the state---
33.01 mi • 1,820 ft aeg
Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014
Utah/Arizona Strip Trek – May/June 2014

Bryce Canyon NP (BRCA) & Zion (ZION) NP
Kodachrome Basin SP & Coral Pink Sands SP
Pipe Springs (PISP) NM & North Rim Grand Canyon (GRCA) NP

Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - Three National Parks, Two State Parks, One National Monument, Four Days, Three Nights, almost 1000 images, and 24 HAZ trails...

Prelude: Believe it or not but I’ve never been to Bryce Canyon or Zion. With 2 strikes already against me having previously attempted a trip in April (snowed out) and October (snowed out again), Lynn, the dogs and I made a late May attempt battling off strike three!
DAY 1 - Saturday May 31st
7.44 miles hiking and 390 AEG (39 floors) on FitBit
442 miles on F-150

With business visitors Friday evening, we couldn’t hit the road until early Saturday morning. Made good time and stopped for lunch at the Page AZ Burger King before crossing the Glen Canyon Dam into Utah :next: [ Glen Canyon Dam ] . Once in Utah, we passed some familiar sights in the Paria River Valley. Sad to hear the movie set from Clint Eastwood’s “The Outlaw - Josie Wales” was vandalized and burned to the ground :next: . Don’t know if I was one of the last to capture images before the set was burned to the ground :next: [ Paria Movie Road ] and [ Paria Movie Road ]

Eventually drove past Moqui Cave just north of Kanab UT :next: . I’ve always wondered if this was a structure incorporating original Anasazi ruins. A little online research says definitely not…

We turned off SR89 and onto Utah Scenic Highway 12 :next: . This was a treat for the first time (finally). Red Canyon gave us a hint of the “eye-candy” yet to come. Stopped at one of the pull-outs along SR12 and hiked the Red Canyon Loop :next: [ photoset ] and a section of Golden Wall Trail :next: [ Golden Wall - Castle Bridge - Buckhorn Loop ] plus some connector trails (Red Canyon Tunnel Trail and Photographers Trail) :next: and ... orn-Trails

We eventually wandered into our “pet friendly” basecamp at the Best Western Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon City located just north of the park entrance :next: and ... hotos.html . This certainly was an international gathering of German, French, and Japanese tourist! After fixing a quick dinner at our basecamp hotel room, needed to stretch those legs around the Lake Loop :next: [ Ruby's Inn Lake Loop ] .
Sunday June 1st
10.71 miles and 780 AEG (78 floors) on FitBit
84 miles on F-150

Bryce Canyon NP :next: ... 14-web.pdf

Pets in Bryce Canyon NP :next:
"Pets are only permitted in campgrounds, parking lots, paved roads, paved viewpoint areas, and on the paved trail between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point"

We knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Undeterred, the Bryce “eye-candy” made up for any missed opportunities :next: [ Bryce Canyon National Park Trails ] . The Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail :next: [ Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail ] offered our first glimpse of the Amphitheater Region. Lynn and I then took turns minding the dogs up on top of the rim to give us each a chance to hike the Navajo and/or Queen’s Garden Loops. See :next: [ Navajo Loop ] and [ Queen's Garden Trail ] .

Bryce Amphitheater Region map :next: ... er-web.pdf
Fairyland Point
Sunrise Point
Sunrise to Sunset Point paved connector trail is dog friendly Sunset Point Inspiration Point Bryce Point

Bryce Southern Scenic Drive viewpoint map :next: Swamp Canyon, Whiteman Bench, Natural Bridge, Agua Canyon, Ponderosa Canyon, Black Birch Canyon, Rainbow Point & Yovimpa Points

I had scouted up the Bristlecone Loop :next: [ Bristlecone Loop ] that connects Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Points as a “photo op”. Unfortunately the trail was closed…

On the drive back from the southern reaches of Bryce Canyon, we stopped at Fairyland Point. Lynn and the dogs stayed at the rim top while I ventured down the Fairyland Loop Trail :next: [ Fairyland Loop Trail ]

With the hour approaching 6pm and knowing we still had a couple of hours daylight left, we agreed to head the F-150 over to Kodachrome Basin SP :next: ... state-park located 7 miles off Highway 12 near Cannonville on Cottonwood Canyon Road :next: ... erview.png . I had previously viewed Kodachrome Basin from the south on an approach heading north up Cottonwood Canyon Road. On that occasion we had to abort our trip due to slick mud. This time I had an opportunity to view Kodachrome Basin from within the basin – nice! Pre-trip suggestions indicated Angels Palace or Shakespeare's Arch as highly recommended destinations :next: ... ochure.pdf and ... le-UT-5584 . Hiked Angel’s Palace Trail :next: [ Angel's Palace Trail ] followed by an aborted attempt of Shakespeare’s Arch :next: [ Shakespear Arch ] prior to a sundown picnic dinner at TH parking lot. Arrived back at Ruby's Inn basecamp to catch Hawks-Kings game and Game of Thrones...
Monday June 2nd
6.61 miles and 150 AEG (15 floors) on FitBit
245 miles on F-150

Zion NP :next:
1hr 44min drive per Google Maps from Ruby's Inn to Zion Lodge
Zion 2014 park map and guide :next: ... MG2014.pdf

Once again we knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Dogs are allowed on Pa'rus Trail :next: [ Pa'rus Trail - Zion ]
Trail connects Canyon Junction and Zion Visitor Center. Prior to entering the 1.1 mile long Zion – Mt Carmel tunnel on SR9, it was recommended to us to make a stop at the Canyon Overlook Trail :next: ... -trail.htm and ... erlook.htm and [ Error H NAME ] Once near the Zion Visitor Center, I managed to grab the last available parking spot and we headed out along the Pa’rus trail as mid-morning temperatures hit the mid-80’s. With the scene reminding us too much of Sedona (the bad, not the good), we agreed to head up into the mountains and cooler climate along a back road I had scouted up as “Plan B”. Kolob Terrace Road was identified as an alternative since Zion Canyon can only be accessed by shuttle vehicles (no dogs allowed) :next: .
We had a pleasant lunch up at Lava Point :next: ... ground.htm and [ Lava Point Overlook - Zion NP ] before checking out the West Rim TH :next: ... -trail.htm and Kolob Reservoir :next: ... 1154730183 and [ Kolob Reservior Loop Trail ] .
Tuesday June 3rd
8.25 miles and 500 AEG (50 floors) on FitBit
572 miles on F-150

“Getaway Home Day” via a natural curiosity, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park :next: ... state-park and ... alpink.jpg and and [ Coral Pink Sand Dunes ] . We discovered colonies of rare Tiger Beetles (only 600-3000 total population of beetles) while hiking the dunes :next: ... ochure.pdf and were also treated to a fascinating display of late spring flowers while hiking the Nature Trail :next: ... l_pink.htm . South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs - Located 4 miles northeast of the dunes in the Mosquith Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) :next: [ Mosquith Mountain WSA Trails ] . From Hancock Road – Yellow Jacket Road intersection, drive 3.5 miles passing the Ponderosa Campground until you reach the intersection of Hancock Road and the 4WD Sand Spring Road on the right. A 4WD vehicle allows travel within .5 mile of the pictographs. If your vehicle will not make it on the soft sandy roads, walk from the "T" in Hancock Road and Sand Dune Spring Road. It is 4 miles, one way, to the pictographs. Take Sand Springs Route to first intersection. Then a little less than 2 miles the trail ends and hiking trail to pictographs and petroglyphs begins. From the parking area, walk northeast to locate a path of use through the sand. Continue the gradual descent down the obvious trail. The trail soon becomes obvious as it continues east and then switches direction after a small drop down through the rocks. Continue descending and then traversing the hillside beneath the cliff band on hikers left. Shortly you will arrive at the (chain-link fence protected) South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs. The distance from the parking lot to the pictographs is about .5 mile and the descent is about 150'. The pictographs sit at the back of a large alcove and pictures must be taken from behind the fence 30' away :next: and ... ndex32.htm . This area is a unique hidden gem – highly recommended (and no HAZer has visited this place before?)!

Pipe Springs National Monument :next: and [ Ridge Trail - Pipe Springs ] .

North Rim of Grand Canyon :next: and ... im-Map.pdf

Prior to our visit we knew about limited options hiking with dogs at the Grand Canyon North Rim; “Dogs on the North Rim; are not allowed other than the Bridle Trail (Greenway) that connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail and the portion of the Arizona Trail that continues north from there to the park entrance.”

Bridle Trail on HAZ :next: [ Bridle Trail ]
Bright Angel Point Trail on HAZ :next: [ Bright Angel Point Trail ]
Transept Trail on HAZ :next: [ Transept Trail ]

Made a stop at the Marble Canyon Navajo Bridge and found “condor city” :next: [ Marble Canyon Overlook at Navajo Bridge ] before stopping in Flagstaff for a late dinner. Arrived back home just before midnight…
7.44 miles, 390 AEG Saturday
10.71 miles, 780 AEG Sunday
6.61 miles, 150 AEG Monday
8.25 miles, 500 AEG Tuesday

TOTAL = 33.01 miles, 1820 AEG, 24 HAZ trails
141 images on iPhone
310 images on Canon Rebel XT
438 images on Canon 6D
61 images on Canon 7D

TOTAL = 950 images on 4 cameras...
442 miles driving Saturday
84 miles driving Sunday
245 miles driving Monday
572 miles driving Tuesday

TOTAL = 1343 miles on F-150 (20.8 mpg). Assuming $3.80 per gallon average, that’s 64.5 gallons consumed for a trip cost of $245.35…
EDITORIAL COMMENT; Coffee in Utah sucks. Maybe that’s too rash since I didn't stop and try the Cafe Adobe/Expresso Rock Shop in Hatch UT... Took a Starbucks “fix” in Flagstaff to return me to equilibrium!

That NPS annual pass comes thru again for $25 entry into Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, plus $8 for Pipe Spring...

Aiming for Fall colour redux at Bryce Canyon Lodge the 1st week of October (looks like only Oct 4-6 or Oct 18-21 availability)? Cabin rentals are $212 per night plus multiple convenience fees and surcharges. Want to get some sunrise/sunset "golden hour" images...

PS - I see this trip tripped me over the 3K distance line for miles logged on HAZ :y:


Glen Canyon Dam :next: [ Glen Canyon Dam ]
Paria Movie Set :next: [ Paria Movie Road ]
Red Canyon Loop :next: [ photoset ]
Golden Wall :next: [ Golden Wall - Castle Bridge - Buckhorn Loop ]
Ruby’s Inn Lake Loop :next: [ Ruby's Inn Lake Loop ]

Bryce Canyon NP Trails :next: [ Bryce Canyon National Park Trails ]
Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail :next: [ Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail ]
Navajo Loop :next: [ Navajo Loop ]
Queen’s Garden Loop :next: [ Queen's Garden Trail ]
Bristlecone Loop :next: [ Bristlecone Loop ]
Fairyland Loop Trail :next: [ Fairyland Loop Trail ]
Angel’s Palace Trail :next: [ Angel's Palace Trail ]
Shakespeare Arch Trail :next: [ Shakespear Arch ]

Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion NP :next: [ Error H NAME ]
Pa’rus Trail :next: [ Pa'rus Trail - Zion ]
Lava Point Overlook, Zion NP :next: [ Lava Point Overlook - Zion NP ]
Kolob Reservoir Loop :next: [ Kolob Reservior Loop Trail ]

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park :next: [ Coral Pink Sand Dunes ]
South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs :next: [ Mosquith Mountain WSA Trails ]
Pipe Springs NP Trails :next: [ Ridge Trail - Pipe Springs ]
Bridle Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim :next: [ Bridle Trail ]
Bright Angel Point Trail :next: [ Bright Angel Point Trail ]
Transept Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim :next: [ Transept Trail ]
Navajo Bridge, Marble Canyon :next: [ Marble Canyon Overlook at Navajo Bridge ]

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Concentrated around Bryce Canyon NP and Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP
5.04 mi • 1,500 ft aeg
After our Page hikes, we drove west on US 89 to Kanab, where we stopped for the night. Dinner was BBQ and Polygamy Porter -- you can't have just one! (and I didn't) -- at Houston's Trails End, a combination restaurant / souvenir shop. I was pleasantly surprised they sell beer in (at least some) restaurants, as I was under the impression blue laws restricted beer sales to clubs. :DANCE: We stayed at the Parry Lodge, which is apparently where the movie stars stay when they are filming western's in the area. I can't see it: The rooms were *tiny*.

The only other time I passed through Kanab, was in May, 1983. My unit -- TacSat Squad, 82nd Platoon, A Company, 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps : rambo : -- had flown out of Ft. Bragg for a multi-week FTX at Camp Williams, on the southern fringe of Salt Lake City. I managed to get a weekend pass, so I threw some clothes and toiletries in my laundry bag, tossed it over my shoulder, then headed out the gate and down the hill to to I-15, where I stuck out my thumb and started hitchhiking to Phoenix ... 650-something miles away.

The first day, I walked the most in one day -- 35 miles! (I measured by the green mileage markers) -- I ever have. Getting rides in Utah, even back then, was hard. Unlike Melvin Dummar, I was not picked up by any billionaires. :M2C: I was sunburned, and had been rained on, hailed on and even snowed on. (Spring came late to Utah that year.) I got into Kanab after dark, and found a room at a motel that I remember as just south of the main road east out of town. (Turns out the motel is still there, across the street from Nedra's Too.) Next day, I could not get a ride for several hours, until I got picked up by a one-legged guy from Montana who took me all the way to Bell Rd. :thanx:

I ended up flying back to SLC. Late. They gave me a two day pass, and I thought I had four. :whistle:

Not sure what is going on, but there was literally not a single restaurant I ate at in Utah that did not have at least one fly buzzing my table. :roll:

The next day, we drove up US 89. Note that there is no gas station between Kanab and Bryce Canyon which has an air pump, which was an issue because the cold weather / altitude had lowered my tires from their recommended 33 pounds to such a degree the warning light was going off. While the drive from Page to Kanab was pleasant enough, it was the drive from Kanab to Red Canyon that really opened our eyes to southern Utah's beauty. Good thing I was driving the speed limit, as there were a number of cops hiding on the side of the road, just after the speed limit dropped to 40, or even 30, mph. :A1:

Utah 12 between US 89 and and the highway "tunnels" is jammed with tourists, even this late in the season. Most of them not paying attention to the road, and those on foot not paying attention to the traffic. :roll: (The visitors' center told me they sometimes have to close down Bryce and Zion to prevent over-use issues.)

I hit the trail a little after 1100, my wife accompanying me for the first half mile. While I continued south on Golden Wall, she looked at rocks in the wash. :) It was 43° when I started, and very windy. But the scenery ... :o . I left my poles behind, and wished I had them with me as there are many sections of the hike which are narrow, slippery and off-camber. The winds did not help any, as on the most exposed area, I was almost blown off my feet. (Seriously, give this a listen: .)

I just put up a description for the hike, and if you plan on being in the area, make sure you add it to your must do list. :)
4 mi • 500 ft aeg
After Peekaboo and Queens Garden we drove over to Fairyland Point and went out along Fairyland trail and back. Then we took the Rim trail towards the visitor center. After about a mile or so I told the others to carry on and I would drive around and pick them up.

Good choice - I drove around and when I got to Sunrise Point where I would pick them up a huge thunderstorm rolled in and soaked everyone but me! I guess worse than that was the lightning was a bit scary walking along the exposed rim trail. I was nice and dry in the vehicle in the campground. After the storm went I walked down to meet the others.

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