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The quaint town of Hatch is located 15 miles south of Panguitch and 24 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon National Park on US-89. The first town site, originally called Aaron or Asay, was established in 1872 near the mouth of Asay Creek. When flooding forced the community's founding families to move they joined others settled along the Sevier River and created Hatchtown. After more severe flooding and the breaking of the reservoir, the town was again moved to its present site and named Hatch after one of its founding members. Hatch was incorporated in 1934, and currently has a population of 130 people.
Located at the junction of Mammoth Creek and the Sevier River, Hatch offers excellent fishing. Mammoth and Asay Creeks, the headwaters of the Sevier River, are stocked with rainbow, German brown and cutthroat trout. The Sevier River is also well-stocked, and the area around Hatch offers some of the best fishing on the river.
The Mammoth Creek Fish Hatchery is located just a few miles southwest of Hatch. The hatchery is responsible for stocking catchable rainbow trout in area waters. The facility is currently closed to tours but kiosks in the parking lot explain how the fish hatchery operates. West of Hatch, Mammoth Cave is one of the largest lava tubes in Utah with more than 2,200 feet of passage and four chambers. The quarter-mile cave was formed by cooling lava and flowing water about 2,000 years ago—relatively young in geologic terms. Part of the Markagunt Plateau in Dixie National Forest, Mammoth Caves is located at an elevation of 8,050 feet, so it stays cool year round and offers unobstructed stargazing. Sections of the cave or Mammoth Creek Road may be closed from October through June due to snowfall. There are several ATV and snowmobile trails around Mammoth Cave, including the 19-mile roundtrip Mammoth Cave Loop Trail that begins in Hatch. There are also several trails in Red Canyon, north of Hatch at the junction of US-89 and Scenic Byway 12. A 5.5-mile hiking/biking/horse trail leads from Red Canyon to Casto Canyon, a famous outlaw hideout between Panguitch and Hatch. From Hatch, Bryce Canyon National Park is just a 30-minute drive down Scenic Byway 12. Bryce Canyon National Park is an easy day trip from Hatch, whether you choose to do a few short hikes or simply drive the scenic route through Bryce Canyon.
The visitor center just south of Hatch on US-89 is a logical first stop for information about area attractions. Hatch also has restaurants, lodging, a convenience store and post office. The Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum is open by appointment. The Forest Service Visitor Center is open seasonally.
Lodging and Dining
Accommodations in Hatch include several motels and campgrounds/RV parks. From rustic mountain cabins and Harley Davidson-themed rooms to more traditional quarters, there is plenty of affordable lodging in Hatch. Campers will wake up to incredible red rock views at any of Hatch's campgrounds.
A variety of dining options can be found in Hatch, from the 50s-style Galaxy Diner to western hospitality with a river view at the Cactus Cowboy Restaurant and specialty sandwiches at Café Adobe. Most restaurants in Hatch are open seasonally so plan accordingly. Mammoth and Asay Creeks are the headwaters of the Sevier River. The creeks are stocked with rainbow, German brown and cutthroat trout and offer excellent fishing, but check locally because some of the streams run through private land. The Sevier River is also stocked and the area around Hatch has the best fishing on the river. The Sevier River runs north and suddenly disappears for miles then reappears to fill reservoirs like Piute Reservoir.
Hatch & Red Canyon
Open all year - some are seasonal
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