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Red Canyon

Red Canyon

Posted in: Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel on May 5, 2015.

The thing about Southern Utah is there is always more to see. For example, many people go to one or two of the national parks while visiting our state. Some people even go to all five – Zion, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands – which, as you can imagine, is a pretty good sampling of Southern Utah. But there are still many locations, each with its own wonders, left unvisited.

Red Canyon is such a place. Most people don’t even know it exists, but we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch want you to experience it for yourself. Red Canyon is located just off of Highway 12 (a gateway to such marvels as the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument.) Red Canyon itself is part of Dixie National Forest.

Red Canyon is often compared to Bryce Canyon National Park. And, in fact, you can access Bryce via Red Canyon. They both have a higher elevation, which allows the unmistakeable Ponderosa pines to flourish there. The rock formations in Red Canyon are brilliant red (as the name suggests) and stratified. Best of all, there is a tunnel carved right through the rock.

There is a visitor center that operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day and it provides information about the area and the various trails. Red Canyon has plenty of these. If you just want a easy walk, check out the Bird’s Eye Trail. It’s only .8 of a mile, and takes you right up to the canyon walls. If you want a more comprehensive tour of Red Canyon, we recommend the Losee Canyon Trail.

In addition to hiking, you can also go snowshoeing in winter. And at least one of the trails allows Off-Highway Vehicles. In summation, Red Canyon is a beautiful, secret place hiding in a sea of beautiful places.

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