Utah Mountain Biking Trails

The Bryce Canyon National Park and Garfield County areas of Utah have many mountain biking trails. Click below for specific information on each trail.

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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.

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.

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

Although these trails were once separate, the Golden Wall Trail was extended so they now connect to make a nice loop that showcases the colors of the Claron Formation. The Golden Wall Trail, as its name suggests, winds through walls of golden colored limestone.

Although these trails were once separate, the Golden Wall Trail was extended so they now connect to make a nice loop that showcases the colors of the Claron Formation. The Golden Wall Trail, as its name suggests, winds through walls of golden colored limestone.

After a ½ mile, the short Castle Bridge Trail takes off and quickly climbs to a ridge overlooking the Golden Wall before descending back down to the main trail. For those with less time, this is a must-see hike with a guarantee of few people and spectacular views!

For those with more ambition, continue up the Golden Wall Trail as it climbs out of the yellowish-rocks and back into the orange and reddish rocks. A series of switchbacks takes you over a small ridge and back down to a wash.

More climbing ensues as you reach another narrow ridge and then descend a narrow stairway. One more climb and you reach the intersection with the Buckhorn Trail and a mile-long descent to the campground.

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Golden Wall/Castle Bridge Trail starts just west of the Red Canyon Visitor Center on the other side of the bike path. Parking is located at the large pullout on the south side of Highway 12. The Buckhorn Trail begins in the Red Canyon Campground near site 23.

Losee Canyon Trail

 
3.1 miles 
Moderate  

Located at the bottom of Losee Canyon, the trail follows the canyon floor, winding through the red hoodoos and the many colored sandstone cliffs up to the higher elevations of the Red Canyon area.

Located at the bottom of Losee Canyon, the trail follows the canyon floor, winding through the red hoodoos and the many colored sandstone cliffs up to the higher elevations of the Red Canyon area. This trail connects with the Cassidy Trail (FS#. 093) which will take you north to the Casto Canyon Trail (FS#089) to make a loop back to the Losee Canyon Trailhead or south to the Cassidy Trailhead east of the Red Canyon Visitor Center on Highway 12.

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Take the Casto/Losee Canyon Road, which goes north off of Highway 12 at the bottom (west end) of Red Canyon. Follow this road past the first trailhead at Losee Canyon. There is a large parking area to accommodate horse trailers. A restroom and equestrian area are available.

Paunsaugunt Trail

 
64.6 miles 
Moderate  

Views of the Pink Cliffs, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and the Kaibab Plateau in northern Arizona greet users of the Paunsaugunt Trail. The trail begins at Tropic Reservoir and several loops from 20-75 miles can be made.

Views of the Pink Cliffs, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and the Kaibab Plateau in northern Arizona greet riders of the Paunsaugunt ATV Trail. The trail begins at Tropic Reservoir and consists of several loops, allowing the ride to range from 20-75 miles. The main loop winds south along existing roads and the Great Western OHV Trail to Crawford Pass in Kane County, then turns west before the Great Western OHV portion drops off of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The Paunsaugunt Trail follows the cliffs of the plateau looking out towards Arizona and the Grand Canyon. As the trail turns back north, it continues to along the plateau's edge, allowing views west to the Markagunt Plateau and Cedar Mountain.

The larger loop of the Paunsaugunt Trail is completed by traveling to the Badger Creek Junction, which will go east back to Tropic Reservoir. This loop traverses approximately 70 miles. Shorter loops can be made by connecting to Clay Springs, the Left Fork of Blubber Creek, or Skunk Creek. The trail passes through meadows, canyons, and forests of pine, fir, and spruce. Elevations range from 7880 feet at Tropic Reservoir to 9200 feet at the highest point on the trail at the head of Seiler Creek.

Sections of the Grand View Trail are co-located with the Paunsaugunt Trail on the west side of the Plateau. The Grand View is a foot, horse, and bike trail, so watch for signs that indicate where the Grand View and Paunsaugunt trails separate.

 

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.

Red Canyon Bicycle Trail

 
5 miles 
Easy to Moderate  

The Dixie National Forest and Utah Department of Transportation partnered to create this paved bike trail paralleling Highway 12. Bicyclists can now enjoy Red Canyon's scenery without worrying about traffic on the highway.

The Dixie National Forest and Utah Department of Transportation partnered to create this paved bike trail paralleling Highway 12. Bicyclists can now enjoy Red Canyon's scenery without worrying about traffic on the highway.

The trail traverses the entire Red Canyon corridor, winding its way through stands of ponderosa pine to its end on the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

The Red Canyon Bike Trail can be used as a connector with the Thunder Mountain Trail, making a loop totaling approximately 15 miles.

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Thunder Mountain Trail

 
8 miles 
Moderate to Difficult 

One of the premier trails in the region, the Thunder Mountain Trail follows a normally dry wash for about 1.5 miles before climbing a series of steep switchbacks to a ridge that overlooks Red Canyon to the north, Wilson Peak to the southeast, and the Sevier River Valley to the west.

One of the premier trails in the region, the Thunder Mountain Trail follows a normally dry wash for about 1.5 miles before climbing a series of steep switchbacks to a ridge that overlooks Red Canyon to the north, Wilson Peak to the southeast, and the Sevier River Valley to the west. The trail stays along the ridge, but there are many ups and downs before it winds its way to its ending point at the Coyote Hollow Trailhead.

Mountain bikers may wish to start at the Coyote Hollow Trailhead and make a loop by riding the paved Red Canyon Bicycle Trail back (uphill). To access the Coyote Hollow Trailhead, continue through Red Canyon until it opens up on the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Where the bike trail presently ends, turn south onto Forest Road 30117, which is also the Fremont ATV Trail. Follow the road past the Fremont Trail turnoff to a small equestrian campground, then past the Red Canyon Botanical Area, until it ends at Coyote Hollow Trailhead.

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At approximately mile 3 on Highway 12, turn south into the Thunder Mountain Trailhead. A restroom and equestrian area are available.