July 8, 2014
ATV Riding in Bryce Canyon Country
There are miles and miles of ATV trails throughout Bryce Canyon Country, running through Dixie National Forest and within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, over impressive terrain with incredible views. Here are three in the Panguitch area to get you started:
Yankee Meadows Ride
Overview: Yankee Meadows Ride follows the South Shore of Panguitch Lake, leading to Clear Creek Road and the Yankee Reservoir Overlook. This is a great scenic ride, heavily forested with switchbacks and opening to breathtaking views of Bryce Canyon Country’s red rock landscape. Yankee Reservoir is the perfect spot to take in the view, stretch your legs, and take advantage of the facilities. Follow Yankee Meadows trail for another mile to reach an open meadow perfect for picnicking.
Trail details: Yankee Meadows Ride is an intermediate ATV trail totaling 25 miles round trip. Rocky in most places and steep in some, this trail is perfect for ATVs. There are some shallow water crossings. Vehicles 50 inches or less can ride side by side. Pick up the trail at Panguitch Lake, via SR 143. Plan a minimum of six hours for travel to Panguitch Lake and back, for the trail ride, sightseeing and lunch. There are several primary ATV trails around Yankee Meadows, including the Markagunt and the Second Left Hand trails, so be sure to pick up a trail map from any Dixie National Forest Service Office. Learn more about Yankee Meadows Ride.
Bull Rush Loop
Overview: Bull Rush Loop takes you on an incredibly scenic ride through thick forests and over sagebrush hills. This challenging trail features very narrow stretches and a rocky vertical descent into a dry wash. Bull Rush Peak tops out at 6,380 feet.
Trail details: Bull Rush Loop a 36-mile advanced trail. Give yourself 4.5 hours for this ATV trail ride, including lunch and sightseeing. Bull Rush Loop can be reached from downtown Panguitch. Head north on River Lane to Sandford Creek Roead, then north through Smith Canyon until you reach Bull Rush Loop. Bull Rush Loop is restricted to vehicles 50 inches and under. Learn more about Bull Rush Loop.
Casto Canyon / Limekiln Loop
Overview: Enjoy a full day of scenic ATV riding along the 90-mile Casto Canyon / Limekiln Loop. The loop begins and ends in Panguitch, winding through Casto Canyon and intersecting with the Fremont Trail at Circleville (roughly the halfway point). Circleville is a great place to stop for lunch; we recommend the Butch Cassidy Restaurant. There are amazing mountain views and red rock formations in Casto Canyon are comparable to Bryce Canyon National Park. The forest changes from pinyon pine and juniper to Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen as you climb elevation. This is a great trail for wildlife viewing. The return section of the loop trail winds through Dog Valley, then crosses Highway 89. Follow Sandford Creek back to Panguitch.
Casto Canyon/Limekiln Loop is a long, intermediate-level trail. The 90-mile trail loops from Panguitch to Circleville and back to Panguitch. Circleville is about halfway, so it’ a good idea to carry extra fuel. This is a shared ATV/UTV trail, generally wide and flat gravel. Conditions vary according to weather and season. The Casto Canyon section is open to ATVs 50 inches or less. Learn more about Casto Canyon/Limekiln Loop.
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