Dixie National Forest

Dixie National Forest

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Dixie National Forest

Utah

(435) 865-3700

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Overview

Three National Parks and two National Monuments are adjacent to the Forest. The scenic beauty for which these areas were set aside prevails over much of the Forest. Red sandstone formations of Red Canyon rival those of Bryce Canyon National Park. Hell's Backbone Bridge and the view into Death Hollow are breathtaking. From the top of Powell Point, it is possible to see for miles into three different states. Boulder Mountain and the many different lakes provide opportunities for hiking, fishing, and viewing outstanding scenery.

Recreational opportunities on the Forest are highly diversified. Visitors may enjoy camping, hunting, viewing scenery, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing in very primitive settings away from the sight and sounds of motorized vehicles. Others, who prefer more developed areas and less primitive conditions, may enjoy vehicle-based activities such as camping, picnicking, resort lodging, recreation residence, sledding, skiing, hunting, gathering forest products, viewing interpretive exhibits, hiking, viewing scenery, driving for pleasure, snowmobiling, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, sailing, swimming, water skiing, and fishing.

The Forest has 83,000 acres of wilderness in three areas: Pine Valley, Box-Death Hollow, and Ashdown Gorge. Pine Valley and Ashdown Gorge offer opportunities for solitude, horseback riding, and hiking. Box-Death Hollow offers opportunities for solitude and hiking, but the terrain is much too rough for horses.

The Dixie National Forest supports a wide variety of wildlife species that provide many hours of viewing and enjoyment for Forest visitors, in addition to playing important roles in the Forest ecosystem. The variety of terrain on the Forest which varies from gentle plateaus to rocky cliffs furnishes habitat for many different wildlife species such as the cougar, bobcat, blue grouse, golden eagle, cottontail rabbit, wild turkey, antelope, and the Utah prairie dog.

Map of Dixie Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 37.764312, -112.619813

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Auto touring available.

  • Camping

    There are 26 campgrounds and 5 picnic sites on the Forest. In addition, the Forest has several group camping and picnic areas that accommodate large groups. Most of the group areas are available by reservation only. Several campgrounds are located near lakes and reservoirs and have boating and fishing opportunities. Many recreation opportunities are available near campgrounds such as trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. There are also trails and primitive roads that are open to ATV and motorcycle riding. Many campgrounds are located on or near designated scenic byways and backways, and several are within short drives of Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument.

  • Fishing

    Good fishing is found in the many lakes, reservoirs, and streams located on the Forest. Gamefish include brook, rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout. These lakes and streams also provide important habitat for many species of wildlife other than gamefish, and the Forest visitor can often observe many interesting birds and mammals next to a lake, stream, or pond.

    Check the Utah Division of Wildlife website for more information on fishing in Utah, along with where to purchase fishing licenses.

  • Hiking

    The Dixie National Forest occupies almost two million acres, and stretches for about 170 miles east to west, straddling the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado River. The forest is comprised of a number of diverse ecosystems. Forest elevations range from 853 to 3,450 meters above sea level, with annual precipitation ranging from 10 to 40 inches, and temperatures ranging from -30 to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The vegetation on the Dixie National Forest grades from sagebrush (Artemesia tridentada) and rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) at lower elevations; to low-growing pinyon pine (Pinus edulis) and juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) at mid-elevations; to aspen (Populus tremuloides), ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), bristlcone pine (Pinus longaeva), Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmanni), and subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) at high elevations.

    Be sure the check current trail and weather conditions with one of the local District Offices before you begin your trek. Backpacking The Dixie National Forest has several wilderness areas for those that like the quiet back country.

  • Historic Sites

    Historical/Cultural site available.

  • Hunting

    Big game hunting has traditionally been the major wildlife attraction on the Forest, although recently there has been an increased interest in viewing and photographing all types of wildlife. Mule deer are harvested on every District, and elk are expanding their range on the Forest.

    Most areas are open to hunting during Utah state hunting seasons. See Utah Division of Wildlife website for more information on hunting.

  • Picnicking

    There are five picnic sites in the forest.

  • Winter Sports

    Opportunities for winter sports, such as cross skiing and snowmobiling are available in many of the areas. The Forest works with the State Parks to maintain some trails for skiing and snowmobiling. There are also over a thousand miles of timber roads that can be used for these sports.

    There is also downhill skiing at Brian Head which can accommodate 3,200 skiers at one time. Check snow and ice conditions before heading out, and always prepare for winter weather and driving.

Seasonality/Weather

The diverse geography and climate create a variety of conditions. Although you are traveling to the desert Southwest, mountainous areas can be cold and wet, even in July and August!

Directions

Driving

Access to the west side of the forest is north on Interstate 15 from Cedar City. The east side of the forest can be accessed from Cedar City by following State highway 14 and US highway 89.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(435) 865-3700

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