Utah Trails

Below are trails of all types within Garfield County - hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV and multiuse. Click on any of the names below for more information or sort by the type of trail you're looking for.

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Cassidy Trail

 
7.9 miles 
Easy to Moderate to Strenuous 

Believed to have been used by the famous outlaw Butch Cassidy in his many escapes from the lawmen of the day. Relive some Old West adventures of your own on this wonderful red rock trail.

Cassidy Trail - Believed to have been used by the famous outlaw Butch Cassidy in his many escapes from the lawmen of the day. Relive some Old West adventures of your own on this wonderful red rock trail.

The trail begins in Red Canyon and goes for 8.7 miles to Casto Canyon. This single track trail is for horses, bikes or foot traffic and is not open for any OHV’s. The trail travels north to the ridge between Red Canyon and Losee Canyon and then north again to the Losee Canyon trail and continues to the Casto Canyon trail.

The trail takes you through the spectacular red hoodoos of the area and tall ponderosa pines.

Special points of interest along this tail include Brayton Point and remarkable overlook of the Losee Canyon area, Little Desert, Lon’s Knoll, Black Rock and Mexican Hat.

The elevation changes from approximately 7320' at the trailhead to 7980' at Lon’s Knoll.

Hikers should expect to spend approximately 5 to 6 hours one way.

Those on horseback can expect 6 to 7 hours of steady riding one way.

Mountain bikes generally travel a little quicker but should still expect a good 5 hours of riding one way.

Water for livestock is available at the junction of the Cassidy trail and Casto Canyon Trail. It is approximately 5 miles from Casto Canyon Spring to the Casto Canyon trailhead. Water for everyone else is what you bring with you. For a hike of this duration, it is suggested that you bring twice what you think you will require for drinking.

Picture yourself riding along with Butch and evading the local sheriff in this wonderfully unique area of red rock hoodoos, pines, and cedars while breathing in the pristine air of Garfield County. This experience, you will not forget!

 

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These three trails intertwine with each other to form several loops ranging from 3 miles to 8 or more miles. The shortest loop follows the Rich Trail from the Red Canyon Trailhead for 1 mile to its junction with the Ledge Point Trail. A half-mile climb takes you out to Ledge Point with views of R...

These three trails intertwine with each other to form several loops ranging from 3 miles to 8 or more miles. The shortest loop follows the Rich Trail from the Red Canyon Trailhead for 1 mile to its junction with the Ledge Point Trail. A half-mile climb takes you out to Ledge Point with views of Red Canyon and out to the Sevier River, the Markagaunt Plateau, and Brian Head Peak. You can follow the short Ledge Point loop back around to the trailhead, or continue on the Cassidy Trail for another mile to its first junction with the Rich Trail, making a 5 mile loop. For a longer day hike, stay on the Rich/Cassidy system until you reach Brayton Point, where there are hitching rails for horse riders. From here, look over the edge into Losee Canyon approximately 500 feet below! Follow the trail back to the trailhead approximately 8 miles.

 

At approximately mile 5, turn north into the Red Canyon Trailhead parking area. A restroom and equestrian area are available.

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This trail takes you into a wonderful world of red hoodoos, sandstone cliffs of white, pink and even green colors. The spectacular red rock is evident along most of the Casto Canyon ride until you reach the forested areas of ponderosa pines.

Beginning at the Casto Canyon trailhead, the trail takes you into a wonderful world of red hoodoos, sandstone cliffs of white, pink and even green colors. The spectacular red rock is evident along most of the Casto Canyon ride until you reach the forested areas of ponderosa pines, where the colors changes with every turn of the trail. This trail includes several passages through the usually dry riverbed but local heavy thunderstorms can and will change that quickly. The trail goes upwards easterly for approximately 5.5 miles where it connects to the Sanford Road. The trail continues northeast approximately 1.9 miles and is referred to as the Barney Cove Trail.

The trail junction with the Sanford road will also connect you to the Limeklin trail which drops back down towards the west and ends near the Panguitch Airport. The Sanford road additionally connects the rider to the Fremont ATV trail, on which the traveler can go south towards Tropic Reservoir and the Great Western Trail and north to the Piute ATV trail system. Elevation changes from approximately 7000 feet to 7840 at the Sanford Road/Barney Cove Trail area.

 

From Panguitch, head south along Hwy 89, (shoulder of the road only) towards the first dirt road on the left just prior to going up the hill. This dirt road takes you past the dump and continues along until you reach the trailhead.

The other approach is from Hwy 12 east towards Red Canyon, and just prior to reaching the first red rocks you will spot the sign for Losee and Casto Canyons on the left side (north) of the highway. Take the good dirt road to the trailheads of Losee and then further on Casto Canyon.

Because of its outstanding natural features, including two arches, a natural bridge, and several waterfalls, it is easy to understand why Coyote Gulch is by far the most popular hiking destination of all the Escalante Canyons. It is suggested that a minimum of 3 days be spent exploring the length...

The perennial stream in Coyote Gulch begins about 1 mile down wash from the Red Well trailhead and in Hurricane Wash about 3.5 miles from the Hurricane Wash trailhead. Wading shoes are a must as you will be walking in and out of ankle-deep water all the way to the Escalante River. Upstream from where the water flow starts, the washes are dry and sandy. Hurricane Wash joins Coyote Gulch approximately 5 miles from the Hurricane trailhead.

Because of its outstanding natural features, including two arches, a natural bridge, and several waterfalls, it is easy to understand why Coyote Gulch is by far the most popular hiking destination of all the Escalante Canyons. When planning a hike here during the spring and fall hiking seasons, plan on encountering a number of other visitors.

It is suggested that a minimum of 3 days be spent exploring the length of Coyote. By beginning from the Red Well or Hurricane Wash trailheads, the canyon is seen to develop from sandy washes to a narrow canyon with towering walls.

For an abbreviated day-hike, Fortymile Ridge to Crack-in-the-Wall is an excellent choice. At Crack-in-the-Wall, an outstanding view from the canyon rim will be enjoyed. After scrambling down through the crack – a narrow route between the cliff face and huge rock slabs which have peeled off – a trail leads down a steep sand dune to lower Coyote Gulch. It is great to hike down but definitely strenuous hiking back up. The elevation difference is about 700 feet.

The hike through the lush riparian zone of Coyote is relatively easy with two minor exceptions. At the second waterfall below Cliff Arch, follow the ledge along the south wall to a place about 100 feet downstream where it is possible to scramble down off the ledges.

About .4 mile from the Escalante River is an impenetrable boulder jam. To bypass this obstacle, a trail leads downstream on the right across the lower portion of a sand slide, then traverses a fairly steep sandstone slope. It is best to cross this slope by staying low and near the edge. This sandstone slope ends at a ledge about 6 feet high, against which several small logs lean to assist hikers in climbing back up.

 
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Coyote Hollow Trail

 
2.1 miles 
Moderate to Difficult 

The Coyote Hollow Trailhead is the eastern access point to the Thunder Mountain Trail.

The Coyote Hollow Trailhead is the eastern access point to the Thunder Mountain Trail

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At the top of Red Canyon on Highway 12, go south onto Forest Road 30117 (the Red Canyon Bike Trail ends here). Follow the road past the Equestrian Campground and Red Canyon Botanical Area to the trailhead. A restroom and equestrian area are available.

Dave's Hollow Trail

 
14.9 miles 
 

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Fremont Trail

 
50 miles 
Moderate  

Along this trail, you will take in spectacular views of red rock cliffs, and wind your way through ponderosa pine forests, quaking aspen stands and sage flats as you climb in and out of the canyons. Elevations range from 7880 feet at Tropic Reservoir to 9030 feet at Smith Canyon and dropping to 6...

Riders can travel over 50 miles on the Fremont ATV Trail between Tropic Reservoir on the Paunsaugunt Plateau to where it connects to the Paiute Trail in Circleville, Utah. The Fremont Trail travels north from Tropic Reservoir, crossing Highway 12 at the Tom Best Road junction. This portion of the trail is also part of the Great Western OHV Trail until the Fremont Trail turns onto FS Road #30120. Although the trail is on existing roads, it gets more rugged and remote as it crosses the Limekiln, Sanford, and Smith drainages.

Along this trail you will take in spectacular views of red rock cliffs, and wind your way through ponderosa pine forests, quaking aspen stands and sage flats as you climb in and out of the canyons. Elevations range from 7880 feet at Tropic Reservoir to 9030 feet at Smith Canyon and dropping to 6080 in Circleville

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To get to the Tropic Reservoir Trailhead, turn south on the Tropic Reservoir/East Fork Rd (# 087) off of Highway 12. After 7 miles, you will see a sign for Tropic Reservoir and Kings Creek Campground. Turn right and continue around the reservoir for ½ mile to the parking area and trailhead. You can also access the Fremont Trail from the Casto Canyon OHV Trail