There is always more to see in Southern Utah. Even if you’ve been to all five national parks in the state – Zion, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands, you’ve only scratched the surface. There are still so many places to see and explore, each with its own unique offerings. And one such place is Red Canyon.
Most people don’t even know Red Canyon exists, but we at the Lodge think it’s one of the best kept secrets of Southern Utah. It 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 are located in 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.