Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Zion National Park
Alpine Pond Nature Trail
2 Mile Loop
From Cedar City drive east on UT-14 for 19 miles, turn left on UT-148, and continue 4.2 miles passing the Visitor Center to the parking lot and trailhead. This trail is a two-mile double-loop trail through forest and meadows. The lower trail offers excellent views of the "breaks." The upper trail takes you past meadows of native wildflowers, through spruce-fir-aspen forest, and past ancient deposits of volcanic materials. Located half-way through the loop is the Alpine pond. This natural, spring-fed pond offers visitors a quiet location to enjoy and relax. A small strand of bristlecone pines can also be viewed from this trail. The Alpine Pond is easy to moderate in difficulty. There is a self-guided trail brochure available at the trailhead and Visitor Center for $1.00. For a shorter trail, take the cut-off at the pond to make the hike a one-mile loop trail.
Anderson Meadow Reservoir
GPS-N.38.12.559-W.112.25.961 : Elevation-9,355 ft : 7.95 Acres
From the west, exit I-15 at Beaver and travel up Beaver Canyon on U-153 for about 12 miles to the FS-137 turnoff, at Little Cottonwood Campground. Travel on FS-137 for another 6 miles to Anderson Meadow Reservoir. From the east, travel up U-153 from US-89 at Junction for 12 miles to FS-173, and go 7 miles on FS-137. Anderson Meadows Campground has 10 campsites with drinking water, and toilets. There is a usage fee.
N.37.31.352-W.112.40.489 : Elevation-8,421 ft : 7.56 Acres
You will have to hike .25 mile from UT HWY 14 near Navajo Lake. The lake is stocked throughout the summer with rainbow.
Baker Dam Reservoir
GPS-N.37.22.619-W.113.38.439 : Elevation-4,869 ft : 37 Acres
It is 4 miles north of Veyo and 2 miles south of Central. There is an unpaved access road from U-18 that leads east to the reservoir. The BLM's Baker Reservoir campground is next to the reservoir, and has 10 campsites with picnic areas, vault toilets, drinking water, but no boat ramp. Usage fees are charged. Cabins and meals are also available in the area. Pine Valley Reservoir is 12.75 miles northeast of here.
Birch Creek Reservoir #2
GPS-N.40.30.331-W.111.19.196 : Elevation-6,915 ft : Acres-63 : Depth Maximum-81 ft : Mean-35 ft : Shoreline-2.05 miles
Birch Creek Reservoir #2 is accessible from U-39. The turnoff is about 36 miles east of Huntsville, exactly two miles west of the Woodruff Creek Reservoirs turnoff, and 8 miles west of Woodruff. Turn north and follow the gravel road to the northwest up Birch Creek about one mile to the reservoirs. Reservoir #2 is upstream from reservoir #1. The turnoff is poorly marked, but with a good map the road is not difficult to find. There is a picnic area with primitive toilets between the two reservoirs. By midsummer the reservoir is drained down to about 25 feet deep exposing its muddy banks.
1.6 Miles RT
From HWY 89 head east on HWY 12, 1 mile from the Red Canyon Visitor Center. Connects the Visitor Center with a parking area on HWY 12 .8 mile away.
Blanding City Reservoir #4
GPS-N.37.39.833-W.109.29.917 : Elevation-6,600 ft : 10.50 Acres : Depth Maximum-46 ft : Mean-21.3 ft : Shoreline-1.2 miles
From downtown Blanding, travel north out of town. The asphalt road winds through the desert past Reservoirs #2 and #3. The lake has rainbow and largemouth bass. Swimming, camping and boating are prohibited. Reservoir #3 has a city park with water and vault toilets.
1 Mile RT
From Moroni head west on 17200 North, and turn north on West Side Road. Drive 1.28 miles and turn left onto S Freedom Road for .5 mile and turn north. Follow this road for 2.26 miles to the canyon. This canyon follows an old riverbed with towering walls with caves embedded in them. There are several locations where you can climb boulders and walls. From the trailhead you will reach a cave off the trail about .3 mile up.
2 Miles RT
From HWY 89 head east on HWY 12, 1 mile from the Red Canyon Visitor Center. The trail begins from site #23 in Red Canyon Campground and climbs uphill a mile for views of Red Canyon. The Campground is on the south side of HWY 12 between milepost 3 & 4.
6 Miles RT
Head north on Bluff Street in St. George to the intersection with SR 8. Turn west to Shivwits and south at the junction towards I-15 into the Beaver Dam Mountains. After awhile there will be a pull-off on the south side of the road. Take the dirt road for .8 mile and stay left at this turnoff. After about 1.8 miles will be the last place to park your vehicle. You can park at the top if you have an suv or truck that will make it. Hike up this road for a mile to reach the top. There really isn’t a trail so just look for the highest peak to the southwest with a tower and start hiking.
Butler Wash Trail
1 Mile Loop
Drive 3 miles south from Blanding on US 191 to UT-95 and turn west. Continue another 10 miles to the turnoff on your right that leads to a parking area and the trailhead. Anasazi Indians built these structures, and lived here, around 1200 AD. You won't be able to walk amongst these ruins. They're located in the wall of a steep cliff, that drops down into Butler Wash.
From Cedar City head east on UT-14 for 29 miles to Duck Creek Campground. Turn right onto the road opposite the campground and drive 1.5 miles and turn left at the fork onto Forest Road 54. Drive another 1.5 miles to the end of the road and parking lot, and the trail on the right.
Casto Canyon Trail
From HWY 89 head east on HWY 12, 1 mile from the Red Canyon Visitor Center. This is a 17 mile one-way trail that winds through red rock formations and forest. The route starts and ends on HWY 12. You can ride 8 miles back to your car from the HWY. Start at Tom Best Road just east of red Canyon. You’ll climb up through the forest, turning onto Berry Spring Creek Road and then Cabin Hollow Road.
Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry
From Price drive south for 12 miles on UT 10 to the turnoff of Elmo, and follow the dinosaur signs to the quarry that heads east. Drive through the gate to the visitor center.
Rock Walk Nature Trail3 miles RT
The trail begins on the east side of the buildings, and will take you to Raptor Point offering views of the surrounding area. There is also a museum featuring a bunch of the dinosaurs that resided here.
Elevation-10,580 ft : 10.4 Acres : Depth Maximum-18 ft/Mean-8 ft
Cook Lake is ten miles east of Posey Lake Road on the Boulder Mountain Road (FR-178). The Posey Lake Road runs from Loa to Escalante, and the Boulder Mountain Road turnoff is about 11 miles south of Loa. Cook Lake is on the east side of the road. The existing road bypasses the lake, but the old road goes right past it. Turn left onto the old road, just before the final incline up the cliff to the top of the mountain. If you get to the top turn around and go back down the cliff and make a half right onto the old road at the bottom. The lake is 0.5 miles north of the main road on the old road. Access roads are not maintained in the winter, but the lake is easily reached on cross-country skis or by snowmobile.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
From Kanab, Utah: Take Highway 89 north for 10 miles to Hancock Road, designated a Scenic Backway. Hancock Road is seven miles long and meets at a "T" with Yellowjacket Road. Turn left (south) onto Yellowjacket. The main park entrance is five miles up on the left. From Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks: Take Highway 89 south past Mount Carmel Junction. Six miles farther south, watch for Coral Pink State Park signs that lead you to Yellowjacket Road. Take Yellowjacket and follow the signs to the Coral Pink State Park headquarters and campground. Main Camp - Utah State Parks The state park has a well-maintained campground in a wooded area. There are 22 pull-through RV Trailer Sites with picnic tables and a barbecue grill; open year round (though the water is shut off from November to May); Reservations 800-322-3770 (Monday-Friday); $20 per night regular site. $95 for group site. - Restrooms w/showers - RV Dump (available for $8 Day Use Fee for people camping at the Dry Lake) - Ice and firewood is available. - Quiet hours enforced 10pm - 9am (no night riding). - Hiking - boardwalk, overlook trails, and a nature trail. Dry Camp "Meadows" - BLM On the northern end of the park a large open area coined the dry lake bed sits on BLM land. From the intersection of Hancock Rd. and Yellow Jacket Rd. travel 1/2 mile towards the State Park on Yellow Jacket Rd. The Dry Lake area is on the left. People are allowed to camp here for free, however, there are no facilities and no quiet hours. Ponderosa Grove Campground - BLM Located on Hancock Rd. between Hwy 89 and Yellow Jacket Rd. OHV access is no longer allowed from this campground. No ATVs allowed on Hancock Rd. Access to the dunes is prohibited by an emergency closure along the south edge of the Hancock Road. - Pit toilets. - No water - 20 ft. max. RV length. The dune complex is actually a valley in a deep notch between the Moquith Mountains to the east and the Moccasin Mountains to the north. Its location serves as a natural collection area for the fine sands blown off the surrounding mountains' steep red cliffs and outcroppings. The dunes are surrounded on three sides by roads and on the south side by the Moquith Mountains and the Moccasin Mountains. The lower area is under the protection of the Utah State Parks Department; the larger, upper portion of the dunes and the surrounding land are under BLM control. The park is a 3,730 acre recreation area with over 2,000 acres of sand open to OHVs. The area open to OHVs is about six miles long and approximately one mile wide. Sitting at an elevation of 6,000 feet the park enjoys mild winters and warm summers. The Coral Pink dunes have laid down several hundred feet of sand along the 200 mile long Sevier Fault. A "notch" between the Moquith and Moccasin mountains directs the windblown sand to this corner of Southern Utah . The reddish colored sand is supplied courtesy of ancient Navajo Sandstone that is carried from the Virgin River to the bottom of the Cane beds and the eroding Navajo Sandstone around the park. The park is open year-round, but spring, early summer, and fall are the most ideal times. Memorial and Labor Day weekends are usually very crowded. Due to its high elevation the dunes area receives relatively high precipitation and as a result, has surprisingly abundant plant life, such as Ponderosa pines, tall dune grasses and many wild flowers in the spring.
Fees (for Utah State Parks access only)
•Camping: $20 per night regular site. $95 for group site. Camping fees include use of showers, dune access, dump station and water.
•Day use is $8 per vehicle. Anyone staying at the Meadow will need to pay the full day use fee to dump trailers, trash or fill up water. Persons not camping in the campground wishing to shower will need to pay the day use fee plus $2 per shower. There is no time limit on the showers.
•Vehicles must remain on pavement within developed areas of the park.
•Speed limit in the park is 15 mph; 5 mph in the campground; 30 mph on country roads.
•Camping is allowed only in designated campsites.
•It is unlawful to remove, destroy or molest all plants, animals and minerals in the park.
•Fireworks are prohibited.
•Fires can be built in specified locations only. Only in metal containers at the Dry Lake.
•Pets must be on a 6-foot leash.
•Firearms are prohibited.
•Dumping waste water, except in specified sites, is prohibited.
•Children under 8 years old cannot ride OHVs (Utah OHV rule)
•Orange flags on whips are required on all vehicles.
•Helmets are also required on all OHV riders under the age of 18.
•Sand Highway-One-way, narrow and windy marked trail in a small canyon along the edge of the dunes.
•South Boundary Trail - Along the eastern side of the main dune area. One-way marked trail that is several miles long.
•Elephant Butte Trail - starts 4 miles south of the park entrance and connects with the Barracks trail (after 8 miles), both paths boast of beautiful views.
•Barracks Trail - starts about one quarter mile south of the junction of highways 9 & 89 at Mt. Carmel Junction. 5.2 miles long, will take you to some great views of Zion National Park and the White Cliffs.
•Pass Patrol October 1998 Campfire Tales
4x4 trails in the Moquith Mountain WSA
- Sand Springs Route - Main access road into Moquith Mountain WSA. Access via Hancock Rd.
- Indian Canyon Petroglyph Route - Located 4 miles northeast of the dunes. Take Sand Springs Route to first intersection. Then a little less than 2 miles the trail ends and hiking trail to petroglyphs begins.
Turn south on SR 257 about 10 miles west of Delta off of US 6 and US 50 just before the town of Hinckley. Head to Black Rock which is about an hours drive, and turn west onto Black Rock Road. There are several places to pull-off and park along the northwest side of the peak.
Dark Canyon Lake
GPS-N.38.27.424-W.109.11.833 : Elevation-9950 ft : 5 Acres : Depth Maximum-30 ft/Mean-11.1 ft
Dark Canyon Lake is 48 miles southeast of Moab or 14 miles north of La Sal. From mile post 118 on US-191 eight miles south of Moab, turn east on Old Airport Road and follow pass the turnoff to Kens Lake, which should be visible about 11 miles south of Moab, to the La Sal Mountain Loop road. There is a junction approximately 3 miles south of the road to Kens Lake, but continue on past the junction, up Brumley Ridge into the La Sal Mountains, to the Geyser Pass Road in 8 miles. The Geyser Pass Road is a well-maintained gravel road that leads southeast to Geyser Pass in 7 miles. After Geyser Pass turn south on FS-129 to the lake in 5 miles. Continuing on past Dark Canyon Lake on FS-129 will eventually lead you to U-46 and to La Sal, Utah. Approximately 6 miles past the lake is the intersection with FS-208. Turn south and travel for 6 more miles to U-46. Two miles further southwest is the town of La Sal.
To reach the trailhead you will have to hike in 7.5 miles from the Escalante River trailhead. The trail takes you through a thick vegetated canyon that will require long stretches of wading through the creek.
Deer Creek Lake to Chris’s Lake Loop
5.5 Miles RT
From the junction of UT-12 and UT-24 38 miles north of Escalante drive 26.5 miles south on UT-12. Turn north at the turnoff to Deer Creek lake, and drive .4 mile to the parking area.
From Castle Valley pass the turn for the loop from the north side and continue for about 10 miles to Forest Road 669. You will pass Hidden Lake on the right and to the lake after another mile. The lake has rainbow and tiger trout.
GPS-N.38.12.229-W.111.29.310 : Elevation-10,157 ft : 40 Acres : Depth Maximum-26.2 ft : Mean-8.1 ft
The roads have been improved, but the last mile to the reservoir requires a vehicle with high clearance. From downtown Teasdale, go south and east for 1.5 miles. Turn right on a gravel road marked with a sign for Donkey Reservoir. Take the left fork at the junction to Coleman Lake. You will pass Bob's Hole on the way and Round Lake near the top. The upper reaches of the road are primitive, suitable only for hikers, horses, mountain bikes, and high clearance vehicles. The reservoir is stocked from the Brook Trout fishery.
Duck Creek Springs Lake
N.37.30.920-W.112.41.674 : Elevation-8,547 : 6 Acres
Located east of Navajo Lake just north of UT HWY 14. The lake is stocked with rainbow and brook.
Edge of the Cedars Indian Ruin Trail
.2 Mile RT
From US 191 north of Blanding, turn west on 200 North, drive to 300 West, and turn right. Turn left at 400 North to the Edge of the Cedars parking area on the right.
Escalante River Trailhead
30 Miles RT
The trailhead is 15 miles east of the town of Escalante on the left side of the road just after the highway crosses the river. This trail stretches from the HWY 12 bridge to the town of Escalante, passing Anazi Ruins, pictographs, natural bridges, and arches. There are several stream crossings so wear appropriate shoes.
Goblin Valley State Park
From Green River, its 11 miles west on I-70 to exit 149 and 24 miles south on Hwy 24 to the Temple Mtn junction. From Hanksville, it's 20 miles to the junction of Hwy 24 & Temple Mtn road. From Hwy 24, it's 5 miles to the Temple Mtn. area where the road turns south for 7 miles leading into the park.
GPS-N.37.15.202-W.113.46.423 : Elevation-3,584 ft : Water Temperature-6/7/08-62 : 9/6/10-77
Gunlock Reservoir is located about 20 miles northwest of St. George. Drive west on Sunset Blvd. to Shivwits. Turn on the road going right for 5 miles to the reservoir. From the north, travel south on the Legacy Loop Highway (U-18) to Veyo, then southwest to Gunlock. Because of the low elevation and southern location, winter temperatures are mild, extending the water recreation season into the spring and fall. There is a boat ramp, parking, picnic tables, and restroom facilities. Fishing, waterskiing, and swimming are all common activities on the reservoir, along with a minimal amount of windsurfing. There is an annual two day speed racing event that draws 1,000’s of visitors.
GPS-N.39.12.751-W.111.42.112 : Elevation-5,390 ft : Depth Maximum-28 ft : Mean-15 ft
From Manti, head south on US 89 for 3 miles, and turn right on Gunnison Reservoir Road and head west 1 mile to the reservoir. The lake is mainly used for fishing, due to being shallow, and muddy.
From Castle Valley pass the turn for the loop from the north side and continue for about 10 miles to Forest Road 669. Hidden Lake will be .25 mile on your right. The lake offers fishing for rainbow trout.
Hook & Ladder/Cameo Cliffs
From Monticello, drive north on HWY-191 for 20 miles, and turn east at the sign labeled OHV Trailhead. Continue another mile down the road to park your trailer.
2.5 Miles RT
35 miles south of Monticello on US 191, turn east on UT-262 and bear right for 10 miles to a left turn and 6 miles to the entrance of Square Tower Unit. There are a couple trails here called Tower Point Loop & Square Tower Loop.
From St. George, head west on Sunset Blvd. just before Shivwits on the right side of the road.
11 Miles RT
From Blanding travel south 4 miles on US 191, and turn right on UT-95 for 29 miles to UT-261. Turn left 4 miles to Kane Gulch Ranger Station and the trailhead on your left.
Located near the town of Cannonville, about 300 miles south of Salt Lake City. It is about 9 miles south of Highway 12. From Cannonville, follow the signs.
67 monolithic stone spires, called sedimentary pipes, accentuate multihued sandstone layers that reveal 180 million years of geologic time. The color and beauty found here prompted a National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome, after the popular color film, in 1948.
North/West of Zion Canyon lays the backcountry of the Kolob. 2 roads lead into the Kolob. The paved 5-mile Kolob Canyons Road is just off I-15 Exit 40, and ends at an overlook and picnic area. This canyon is open all year round. Kolob Terrace Road is paved from the town of Virgin, and is 15 miles west on HWY 9 from the south entrance.
GPS-N.37.26.061-W.133.02.533 : Elevation-8,118 ft : 249 Acres : Depth Maximum-51 ft : Mean-20.6 ftShoreline-4.35 miles From I-15 take exit 15, and head east on UT 9 through Hurricane and Virgin. Just past Virgin turn left onto Kolob Reservoir Road 25 miles to the reservoir. Snowmobiling is popular around the lake. The water is too cold for most swimmers and waterskiers. There are 2 boat ramps and several locations along the shore to launch your boat.
Elevation-6,995 ft : Surface area-310 acres : Depth Maximum-20 ft/Mean-12 ft : Shoreline-1.5 miles
From Loa, head northwest on UT-24 and go past UT 62. After 20 miles the reservoir will be on yourright. No fees are charged for use.
GPS-N.38.13.591-W.112.23.955 : Elevation-9900 ft : 22.41 Acres : Depth Maximum-21.3 ft : Mean-10.6 ft
LaBaron Lake is accessible from FS-137, a gravel road across the north slope of Circleville Mountain also passing by Kents Lake and Anderson Meadow Reservoir. FS-137 originates and ends at separate junctions with U-153. From the west, exit I-15 at Beaver and travel up Beaver Canyon on U-153 for about 10 miles to the FS-137 turnoff, at Little Cottonwood Campground. Travel on FS-137 for another 10 miles to LaBaron Lake. From the east, travel up U-153 (this segment is unpaved) from US-89 at Junction for 12 miles to FS-173, and go three miles on FS-173 to LaBaron Lake.
Bullfrog Bay-Bullfrog Marina
From I-70 take exit 149 for UT-24 W for 44 miles south to Hanksville. Take UT-95 S for another 26 miles, keep to the right and follow UT-276 E for 39 miles to Bullfrog Marina. There’s a ferry at Bullfrog/Hall’s Crossing. Concessionaires offer boat tours, and provide boat and houseboat rentals at developed areas. Camping is available along the lakeshore, conditions vary depending on the water levels. Primary game species are largemouth and striped bass, black crappie, catfish, bluegill, rainbow trout and walleye.
Forgotten Canyon accessed by boat is 12 miles northeast from Bullfrog Marina. The canyon heads east and will fork after 1 mile, the right will end after a 1/4 mile. To the left of the fork it will fork again just around the corner, the left will dead end after 1.40 miles and the right will dead end after 1.73 miles. Keep in mind these distances will vary depending on the water level. The Defiance House is also located along this canyon.
The Defiance House
The best way to reach the Defiance House is by boat, located in Forgotten Canyon 12 miles north of Hall's Crossing Marina. The canyon is located at channel marker 106 continue up the canyon 3/4 a mile to a junction turn left to another junction in a 1/4 mile. Turn right and continue another 1 1/2 miles to the Defiance House on the North side of the Canyon. Depending on the water level you might have to hike in to reach it or you could get lucky and boat right up to the entrance. The Defiance House was occupied by the Anazi from 1250AD to 1285. The National Park Service has fully restored these ruins so we can still enjoy them today otherwise it would just be a pile of rocks.
North of Bullfrog Marina
Little Creek Reservoir
GPS-N.41.40.641-W.111.13.641 : Elevation-6,393 ft : 64 Acres : Depth Maximum-17 ft : Mean-10 ft : Shoreline-1.43 miles
Little Creek Reservoir is accessible from Randolph. From downtown, go west up the canyon for about two miles. The lake is stocked with catchable rainbow trout every spring. By late summer the reservoir is usually completely dry and the area is not notably scenic.
Elevation-7,055 ft : 104 Acres : Depth Maximum-66.3 ft : Mean-33.8 ft
Lloyds Lake is two miles southwest of Monticello. Travel west from downtown on Blue Mountain North Creek Road (FS-105). Half a mile past a school on the right (at 200 W in Monticello), turn left on a gravel road and go one mile to the reservoir.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
Elevation-7450 ft : 90 Acres : Depth Maximum-45 ft : Mean-15 ft
From Boulder, head north on UT 12 for 19 miles. Turn right on a dirt road for 5 miles to the dam. There are several camping spots along the sandy shoreline.
Lower Calf Creek Falls
5.5 Miles RT
The trail begins at Calf Creek Campground 16 miles east of Escalante on HWY 12, and heads up Calf Creek. Anazi Ruins and pictographs can be seen along this easy hike. There is a day use fee of $2.00.
Lower/Upper Enterprise Reservoir
GPS-N.37.30.962-W.113.51.518 : Elevation-5,761 ft : 384 Acres : Depth Maximum-60 ft : Mean-49 ft : Shoreline-7 miles
From St. George head north on UT 18 to the town of Enterprise, and head west out of town for six miles to a place called Hebron. Drive south on another paved road and continue for five miles to the Honeycomb Rocks Campground, from which both Lower and Upper Reservoirs are accessible. Honeycomb Rocks Campground is on a peninsula bordered by the lower reservoir to the east and the upper reservoir to the west. It has flush toilets, 21 campsites, drinking water, a boat ramp, and fishing areas. Usage fees are charged.
Loyds Lake Trail
Just head west on 2nd South and you will see a sign for Loyds Lake.
3 Mile Loop
From Moroni head west on 17200 North, and turn north on West Side Road. Drive 1.28 miles and turn left onto S Freedom Road for .5 mile and turn north. Follow this road for 2.88 miles and, turn right .5 mile to a gravel road, and take another right for another 3 miles to the trailhead. The trail takes you to an arch in just .7 mile
Mill Meadow Reservoir
Elevation-7,681 ft : 156 Acres : Depth Maximum-66 ft : Mean-33.5 ft : Shoreline-4.73 miles
From Loa, head north on UT 72 through Fremont and turn left onto UT 25. The reservoir will be on the west side of the road 2 miles up. Recreational facilities are limited at the reservoir with only restrooms and unimproved campsites.
Monticello Access Trail
The trail begins to the west of Monticello along 2nd south. This graveled road gives you access to several other ATV trails.
GPS-N.37.53.631-W.109.28.117 : Elevation-8,600 ft : 3.27 Acres : Depth Maximum-18 ft : Mean-5 ft
Monticello Lake is 8 miles west of Monticello. Travel west from downtown onto the Blue Mountain North Creek Road (FS-105). Monticello Lake is on the right side of the road, one mile past Buckboard Campground.
Natural Bridges Loop
Drive east from the National Bridges Monument Visitor Center for 2.5 miles pass Sipapu Bridge Overlook for another .5 mile to the trailhead. The highlights of this hike are the bridges Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachomo. There are also some Indian ruins around to see.
GPS-N.37.31.392-W.112.47.682 : Elevation-8,995 : 714 Acres
From Panguitch, take US 89 south to UT 14, and head west for 23 miles. The lake will be on the left.
Nebo Bench Trail-Mount Nebo
13.2 Miles RT
From I-15 take exit 225 from Nephi and drive5 miles east on HWY 132. Turn left onto the Scenic Loop 3.3 miles, and turn left to Ponderosa Campground. Turn left here 1.3 miles to a parking lot on the left to the trailhead. The trail makes a series of switchbacks west for 2.1 miles before reaching the fork where you need to turn left, and climb 2.5 miles to the Nebo Basin Trail Junction and turn left again. Hike .3 mile east, and turn right 1.8 miles to the summit of Mount Nebo.
GPS-N.37.38.915-W.113.31.471 : Elevation-5,443 ft : 77 Acres : Depth Maximum-77.5 ft : Mean-23.6 ft : Shoreline-3 miles
From U-56, travel 5 blocks south in Newcastle and turn east (left). The road winds up a wide canyon for about 1.5 miles, and then climbs the canyon wall at the dam. Access to the reservoir is possible on primitive roads past the dam on the left.
This small reservoir is located 6.56 miles east of Gunnison from HWY-28 on the north side of the road of US-89, and 7.75 miles south of Manti. The reservoir is out in the open and has no tree coverage, but has been known as a hot fishing spot for Rainbow Trout.
7.5 Miles RT
From Delta drive southwest on US 6 and US 50 for 41 miles. Turn north for 3.4 miles to Miller Canyon Road and turn west for 5 miles, and south at the junction and head up Sawtooth Canyon. Stay right at the next junction and park after about 2.6 miles. The trail follows the 4WD road where you will turn left at a junction after about a mile.
Otter Creek Reservoir
N.38.10.008-W.112.01.18 : Elevation-6,372 ft : Water Temperature-10/5/09-62
60 miles south of Richfield via HWY's 89 and 62, north of Circleville. Take the first left heading south outside of Junction just north of the cemetary up on the hill. Turn left at the stop sign and travel east 12.2 miles to the entrance of the State Park.
Otter Creek State Park-Located at the south end of the lake, includes campsites with flush toilets, hot showers, a boat ramp, picnic areas and a swimming area. Pets are allowed in the park but must be on a six-foot leash, and are not permitted on developed beaches or in the lake. The reservoir allows various activities but is mainly used for fishing and ATV's. The lake contains rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and smallmouth bass.
Otter Creek R.V. Park and Marina-Is a private resort with full hookup RV sites, cabins, boat launching, non-motorized boats for rent, a laundromat, showers, and flush toilets.
Park Hours: Summer: 6:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. Winter: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The lake is open all year-round.
There is a fee for day use and camping
Contact by Phone-(435)624-3268 or
GPS-N.37.42.567-W.112.38.224 : Elevation-8,208 ft : 1,248 Acres : Depth Maximum-66 ft : Mean-19 ft : Shoreline-5.5 miles
Head south on UT 143 for 17 miles to the lake. Panguitch Lake is an excellent location for recreation year around, including picnicking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. It has also become a popular site for ice fishing during the winter months. There are two USFS campgrounds south of the lake, Panguitch Lake North and Panguitch Lake South. Both have flush toilets, electrical hookups, picnic areas, family and multi-family units with tables, water, fire pits, and asphalt roadways. The south campground has mainly tent sites, while the north campground has R.V. trailer sites. Fees are charged for use. There are also four private resorts on Panguitch Lake, each with many services, including gasoline and groceries.
Petrified Forest Nature Trail
1 Mile Loop
The trail is located at Escalante Park .75 mile west of Escalante on UT-12. There is a Day-Use fee.
GPS-N.37.44.565-W.111.57.230 : Elevation-8,100 ft : 74.94 Acres : Depth Maximum-20 ft ; Mean-14.29 ft : Shoreline-1.28 miles
From Panguitch, head south on US 89 to UT 12 east. Turn left onto UT 22 and head north for 11 miles. Turn right on Pine Lake Road and follow the signs to the lake. Cross country skiing and snowmobiling are popular around the lake. The water is too cold for most swimmers and waterskiiers. Pine Lake Campground is adjacent to the lake and maintained by the Foerst Service. It has 33 campsites and 2 group sites. Facilities include vault toilets, water, and cemented fire pits. Usage fees are collected.
Pine Valley Mountains
17 Mile Loop
From St. George head north on Bluff Street past Snow Canyon & Veyo to Central with a 4-way junction. Follow the sign left 1.5 miles to the Pine Valley fee station. Drive another 1.25 miles to a sign that reads Blue Springs & Whipple Trailhead. There is a parking area at the end of the road.
Pink Ledges Trail
.5 Mile Loop
From HWY 89 head east on HWY 12, 1 mile from the Red Canyon Visitor Center.
Head west on Monticello Access Trail for 2 miles to the Pipeline Trail sign. The trail heads south on a dirt road.
N.38.19.160-W.112.11.799 : Elevation-5,996 ft : Water Temperature-9/25/07-62 : 8/30/09-73
From I-70, take Exit-23 (Panguich Kanab) onto US 89 and go south through Marysvale. Drive another 12 miles to the turnoff on your left. Piute Reservoir State Park is located at the north end of the lake. There is a launch ramp, and covered pavillions with picnic tables are available. Nearest fuel and groceries are in Junction just south of the lake. The lake contains Brown, Cutthroat, Rainbow, & Smallmouth Bass. Call (435) 624-3268 for any questions or concerns.
Elevation-8,676 ft : 20 Acres : Depth Maximum-19.7 ft : Mean-5 ft
From FS-153 from downtown Escalante. Follow this gravel road northward for 20 miles to FS-154, which passes Posey Lake. Smaller boats are allowed on the lake and a boatramp is located on the eastern end of the lake. The road is not maintained in the winter. Usage is moderate. Posy Lake Campground is adjacent to the lake and maintained by the Forest Service. It has 23 campsites, vault toilets and picnic areas. Usage fees are collected.
10 Miles RT
From I-15 take exit 16, and follow the frontage road north along the east side of the interstate. After a few miles you will turn left through a tunnel under I-15 to the parking lot at the trailhead in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. There is a day-use fee. The trail starts from the west side of the parking lot. After about a mile the canyon begins to narrow and you will reach some water filled potholes that are large enough to swim in. There is a rope here so you can reach the upper pool. There are several sections past this point where you will most likely have to wade through the stream where it can reach 4 feet in depth.
Quail Creek Reservoir
GPS-N.37.10.254-W.113.26.261 : Elevation-2,985 ft : Water Temperature-5/11/08-60 : 10/13/09-62
From I-15 take exit 16, and head east on the main road for 2 miles. Turn left onto UT 318 and follow the signs to the reservoir. Because of the low elevation and southern location, winter temperatures are mild and the recreation season extends from early spring to late fall. Facilities include campsites, boat ramps, modern toilets, a fish cleaning station and covered picnic areas. Usage fees are charged.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
1.4 Miles RT
You can gain access to this trail by boat only from any of the 4 marinas at Lake Powell. The trail is located 50 miles above Glen Canyon Dam.
3 Miles RT
Drive east from Cedar City on HWY 14 for 17.9 miles, and turn north onto HWY 148 for 3 miles to the Visitor Center. The trail begins near the west side of the parking lot. The trail climbs to the cliff tops above Jericho Canyon. After hiking for a mile there will be a spur trail leading to Spectra Point. Back on the main path the trail continues west to end at an overlook.
Recapture Reservoir is on US-191 about 3 miles north of Blanding and 17 miles South of Monticello. About 4.5 miles north off US-191 is Devil's Canyon Campground, drinking water and vault toilets are available. User fees are charged.
Red Canyon Loop
4 Mile Loop
From HWY 89 head east on HWY 12, 1 mile from the Red Canyon Visitor Center to the turnoff for Cassidy Trailhead on the north side of the road. This loop consists of Cassidy, Rich, and Ledge Point Trail. The trail begins at Cassidy trailhead near the northwest end of the parking lot. Continue north past the junction in .8 mile and turn left at the second junction .9 mile. Take a right at the next junction for a loop to a dead end and a right at the last 2 junctions back to the trailhead.
Red Creek Reservoir/Paragonah Reservoir
GPS-N.37.52.010-W.112.40.847 : Elevation-7,794 ft : 40 Acres : Depth Maximum-31 ft : Mean-22 ft
From I-15 take exit 82 and drive south into town. Turn east at Center Street, eventually turning into Paragonah Main Canyon Road. Follow this road east to the reservoir. There are restroom facilities available.
Elevation-7,250 ft : Surface area-46 acres : Depth Maximum-38 ft/Mean-21 ft
From Salina get on I-70 east. Take Gooseberry exit 81, 7 miles east of Salina and travel south on FS-640, a paved road. About 4 miles south of I-70, leave the paved road, turning right on FS-037 .5 miles later, turn left on FS-050 and follow it for 8 miles to Rex Reservoir.
Rocky Ford Reservoir
GPS-N.38.52.093-W.111.57.362 : 130 Acres
From Salina, head south on US 89. Follow the east route to UT 24 to the town if Sigurd.
San Rafael River Gorge
16.6 Miles One-Way
From Price drive south on HWY 10 for 11.4 miles, and left onto HWY 155 through Cleveland 1.5 miles to a T intersection. Turn east here and follow the signs to Buckhorn Wash and San Rafael Campground where the trailhead is located. The trail head west 4.7 miles to the first petroglyphs. After another 9 miles you'll reach Sorrel Mule Mine and some petroglyphs in another .6 mile north. From here it's only 2 miles to the end of the trail where you will have to turn around if you don't have a shuttle.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
294.25 Miles : GPS-N.37.06.777-W.113.22.578 : Elevation-3,023 ft : Water Temperature-4/26/09-61 : 9/6/10-80
From I-15 take exit 16 and travel 4.8 miles to Sand Hollow Road (3rd stoplight) and turn right. Go 4 miles and turn left at the Sand Hollow State Park entrance sign.
From Salina, head northwest for 15 miles, and the lake will be on your left. The lake is usually dried up by the end of the summer. It’s more like a muddy pond for cattle to drink out of.
Sipapu Natural Bridge to Kachina Natural Bridge
5.6 Mile Loop
From Blanding drive 4 miles south on US 191, and turn right onto UT-95. Drive 31 miles to UT-275, and turn right continuing another 4 miles to the Visitor Center. Drive .5 mile to Bridge View Drive, turn right for 1.75 miles to a parking area and Sipapu trailhead.
Sixteen House Ruin
2 Miles RT
From Bluff drive north and turn right at the intersection onto UT-163. Continue 3.5 miles to a dirt road on the right just past mile marker 44. Follow this road for .5 mile down towards the river to the parking area and trailhead.
3 Miles RT
From Kanab the trailhead is at the north end of 100 East near the city park. Once at the summit you’ll have views to the south of Kanab Canyon. North views of the White, Gray, and Pink Cliffs, and the Grand Staircase.
Snow Canyon State Park
Located near St George, 312 miles south of Salt Lake City. From I-15 northbound: Take exit 6 (Bluff Street). Go north on Bluff Street to the intersection with Snow Canyon Parkway. Turn left onto Snow Canyon Parkway and proceed 3.5 miles, then turn right onto Snow Canyon Drive. Follow that road to the park's south entrance.
From I-15 southbound: Take exit 10 (Washington). Turn right off the ramp then take an immediate left at the light. That will put you onto Red Hills Parkway. Follow the parkway for about 5 miles while it parallels the interstate and then climbs over the Red Hill. Follow it to its intersection with Bluff Street/ SR-18. Proceed through that light and you will be on Snow Canyon Parkway. Follow it for 3.5 miles and then turn right onto Snow Canyon Drive. Follow this road to the south entrance of the park.
Snow Canyon State Park is a 7,400-acre scenic park quietly tucked amid lava flows and soaring sandstone cliffs in a strikingly colorful and fragile desert environment. Located in the 62,000 acre Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, established to protect the federally listed desert tortoise and its habitat. There are more than 38 miles of hiking trails, a three-mile paved walking/biking trail and over 15 miles of equestrian trails.
Sugar Knoll/Red Cave
5.4 Miles RT
Drive south on HWY 89 from Orderville to mile marker 83. The dirt road is the beginning of the trail. After hiking .4 mile you will pass Gravel Pit. From here follow the jeep road north .8 mile to a junction. The right takes you 1.2 miles to Red Cave with a narrow canyon carved into red sandstone. The left takes you .7 mile to Sugar Knoll and Elkheart Cliffs.
16 miles RT : N.37.50.750-W.110.13.029
From Hanksville drive south on HWY 95 for 48.35 miles and turn onto Horse Tanks Road just after crossing the Colorado River. Just keep following this road and you will pass an airport on your left after 4.40 miles. You will reach Sundance Trailhead after another 6.43 miles. The trail begins across the dam below the cattle tank. After hiking for about an hour the trail will turn down some switchbacks to the bottom of Dark Canyon. Head upstream about 6 miles to Young’s Canyon where a waterfall is at the mouth, or you can hike downstream to Lake Powell. The only way you make it on foot is if the lake is low otherwise the canyon will be flooded and you will need a boat.
Tatow Knob Loop
14 Miles RT : N.39.27.022-W.113.16.296
From Delta take US 6 west 10.22 miles past Hinckley, and turn west onto Antelope Spring Road (W 2500 S). Head west for 13.40 miles, and turn northwest. Follow this road for 10.63 miles and turn right for another 7 miles, and turn left 3 miles to a fork and turn south for 1.5 more mile to Robbers Roost Canyon. While hiking this trail keep an eye open for wild horses that roam the area. After hiking for a few miles the canyon begins to narrow and opens up again at a junction. Stay left and follow Robbers Roost Spring. There is an open cave to the south of the spring. Head north to Tatow Knob and northwest over to North Canyon Spring. Once at the bottom follow the trail to the mouth of the canyon, and turn south a couple miles back to the parking area.
Three Creeks Reservoir
GPS-N.38.37.660-W.112.26.473 : Elevation-8,613 ft : Surface area-133.29 Acres : Depth Maximum-84.3 ft : Mean-35.4 ft
17 miles east of Beaver or 18 miles west of Junction. The highway from Beaver is paved, while the highway from Junction is gravel, but a fairly good road. Skiing is possible in the area. Usage is moderate and it is usually possible to launch a boat in the reservoir.
4 Miles RT
From St. George head north on SR 18 for 19 miles from the intersection of Bluffs and S. George Blvd. to the entrance of Snow Canyon State Park. Head down the canyon for 2.4 miles and to the large parking lot on the right side of the road. Do not take the turn-offs to the Hidden Pinyon Trail to reach Three Ponds. After about 1.25 miles cross the West Canyon Road. Follow the wash to the end of the trail at a large pool. There are 2 deep potholes above the large pool. Further up the canyon there is a 40 foot high waterfall.
GPS-N.37.36.645-W.112.15.260 : Elevation-7,835 ft : 173.69 Acres : Depth Maximum-29.9 ft : Mean-9.9 ft : Shoreline-3 miles
From Panguitch, follow UT 12 through Red Canyon towards Bryce for 8 miles and turn right on East Fork for 8 more miles to the reservoir on your right. Snowmobiling is popular around the lake. The reservoir has a concrete boat ramp. King Creek, a Forest Service campground at the reservoir, has 34 campsites and picnic areas. Facilities include tables, fire pits, toilets, water and a sanitary dump station for recreational vehicles. Fees are charged for use.
From HWY 89 head east on HWY 12, 1 mile from the Red Canyon Visitor Center. The trail begins from a pullout on the south side of HWY 12 just west of a pair of tunnels, crosses the streambed, then climbs a ridge to a view from the top.
Upper Calf Creek Falls
2.4 Miles RT
20 miles east of Escalante or 10 miles west of Boulder. The turnoff is onto a dirt road between milepost 81 & 82 on the west side of HWY-12. The road ends after .25 mile. This short hike takes you uphill to some waterfalls along the creek.
Upper Sand Cove Reservoir
GPS-N.37.18.164-W.113.41.714 : Elevation-4,520 ft : 15 Acres
From Veyo drive 2 miles south and turn right and drive past Lower Sand Cove Reservoir on your way to Upper Sand Cove Reservoir. This is a tiny little lake that is stocked with rainbow trout.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
GPS-N.37.47.035-W.111.38.210 : Elevation-5,931 ft : 103 Acres : Depth Maximum-23 ft : Mean-16 ft : Length-3,200 ft : Width-2,200 ft
From Escalante, Take UT 12 west and the reservoir will be on the right side of the road, inside Escalante State Park. The reservoir shoreline is primarily privately owned with a State Park located on the southeastern corner. The Escalante State Park is noted for colorful deposits of petrified wood and dinosaur bones. There is an improved public boat ramp at the reservoir. Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is the only public camping facility in the area. It has 24 campsites, vault toilets and picnic areas. Usage fees are collected.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
GPS-N.37.45.229-W.112.46.450 : Elevation-8,656 ft : 36 Acres : Depth Maximum-26 ft : Mean- 15.7 ft
Yankee Meadow Reservoir is accessible from FS-049, a gravel road leading up the face of the Markagunt Plateau. Access is easiest from Parowan on U-143. Approximately 3.5 miles south of Parowan, turn left on a paved road up First Left Hand Canyon to Vermillion Castle and Yankee Meadow Reservoir. At the campground, the road turns to gravel. Yankee Meadow is about 8 miles from U-143. Access is also possible from FS-048, up Second Left Hand Canyon (1/4 mile further south on U-143) and FS-048 from the top of the Markagunt Plateau, from 5 miles east of Cedar Breaks and 11 miles west of Panguitch Lake. The latter route may be snow covered until early summer in years of heavy snow accumulation. FS-047 is better maintained than FS-048. One of the most scenic drives in Utah is from U-143 north on FS-048, the Sidney Valley Road.