Garfield County Information

Some of Utah's most famous scenery is within Garfield County. Portions of three national parks, two national forests, a national monument and a national recreation area are encompassed in the county boundaries.

Visit the eerie hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, or the dramatic canyons and arches of Canyonlands. The white sandstone domes of Capitol Reef National Park are also nearby, as is the massive ridge of Grand Staircase-Escalante, and its numerous canyons and plateaus.

The San Rafael desert dominates much of the county, but this doesn't prevent it from having impressive green stretches, such as those preserved by the massive Dixie National Forest. The Fishlake National Forest is highlighted by the lovely Fish Lake. There's little green in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, but it surrounds Lake Powell, second largest reservoir in the United States and a very popular vacation destination.

Whether you visit Garfield County for boating, hiking, offroading, or any other outdoor activity, you'll be amazed at how varied and beautiful your experience is.


There will be a calendar coming Soon for special events scheduled in the Garfield County area. Marathon hiking and biking events, nature and art festivals and ATV jamborees are just a few of the many types of activities you'll be able to participate in.

Contact Us if you have a question or if you have a special event you'd like us to include.




Garfield County is remote and sparsely populated. Most of its expanse is wild and untouched. However, Garfield County is also easy to reach, whether by air or car, and shuttle and rental services are often available.


Highway 89 runs through the western end of Garfield County and passes through Hatch and Panguitch. I-15 is just a little west of the county. From Highway 89, Route 12 winds through much of Garfield County, including Bryce Canyon, Tropic, Escalante and Capitol Reef.


The Bryce Canyon Airport is situated near both Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Shuttle and rental car service are readily available at and near the airport. This is a small airport, mostly meant to receive small aircraft as opposed to commercial airlines.

The Cedar City Regional Airport is about sixty miles from Bryce Canyon and commercial flights to and from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas arrive and depart daily.


OHV Law Highlights

Utah State law and the Federal Highway Safety Act prohibits operation of unlicensed non-street legal vehicles and unlicensed operators on public and National Forest roads, unless the road is shown as open to such use. Carefully regard signing and Public Agency maps. More regulations are below.

  • No person under 8 years of age may operate an ATV or dirt bike on public roads or lands.
  • Operators from 8 to 15 years of age must possess a safety certificate issued by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation (law effective July 1, 1988).
  • Operators over 16 years of age must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Dirt bikes, ATVs, and snowmobiles must display a current state OHV registration sticker while being operated or transported on public lands or roads.
  • Out of state residents contact: 1-800-OHVRIDE to determine need of Utah non-resident permit for ATV/OHV and snowmobiles.
  • Safety helmets must be worn by operators from 8 to 18 years of age. All operators of any age should wear properly-fitting DOT certified protective head gear.
  • Use only roads and trails designated open for OHV use. Refer to agency Travel Maps and signs.


Responsible OHV Use

Responsible OHV use is the law. While most OHV users are responsible, misuse results in disturbance to wildlife, damage to wildlife habitat, vegetation loss, creation of unauthorized routes, and personal injury. Please be aware that unlawful OHV use is a criminal offense. Forest Service, BLM and National Park Officers, and State Parks & Recreation’s Rangers regularly enforce all OHV regulations, including:

  • riding an OHV in closed or restricted areas and roadways
  • harassment of wildlife
  • helmet-law regulations
  • OHV operator age restriction regulations
  • Under Utah state law, all public lands are closed to OHV use unless designated open by map, sign or description.