Dixie National Forest

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Enjoying the surrounding forested lands.
Nearly two million acres stretches throughout the lush, desert landscape of Dixie National Forest. Established on September 25, 1905 by the General Land Office, the name of this famous national treasure was famously dubbed by the locals who deemed the warm Southern climate of Utah as “Dixie.” The U.S. Forest Service took over the upkeep and protection of the land in 1906, and the following year on March 4th, Dixie officially became a National Forest. Sevier National Forest

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Aquarius Plateau

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Utah’s Aquarius, Markagunt and Paunsaugunt plateaus are all part of the High Plateaus Section of the Colorado Plateau. Each plateau is defined by varied topography such as the lava fields and forested highlands of the Markagunt, rugged cliffs and dense alpine forests of the Aquarius, and the magnificent red rock formations found along the Paunsaugunt. More than a dozen national parks and monuments line the Colorado Plateau, notably Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Dixie National

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Markagunt Plateau

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The Markagunt Plateau is one of the forested highlands that make up the High Plateaus section of the Colorado Plateau. The Markagunt covers about 800 square miles mostly within Dixie National Forest, including Cedar Breaks National Monument. The ski resort town of Brian Head is its highest point at 11,307 feet. The popular recreation area offers excellent hiking and mountain biking trails, skiing and snowmobiling, fishing and scenic byways. Markagunt was named for the Paiute word meaning “Highland of Trees.”

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Off the Beaten Path – Red Canyon: Arches Trail

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Near Bryce Canyon is a hidden gem, the Dixie National Forest, residing in the forest is Red Canyon.  Several day trips and hikes are accessible in Red Canyon.  One of the most popular trails in Red Canyon is the Arches Trail.  The trail is accessed through the Lossee Trailhead by driving approximately 2 miles east on SR 12 from US 89.  There will be a sign for Lossee/Casto.  Turn north onto this road and drive two miles to

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Boulder Utah – All Points of the Compass

Upper Calf Creek Falls – Near Boulder Utah

Located at the junction of Scenic Byway 12 and the Burr Trail, Boulder is conveniently situated for exploring scenic Bryce Canyon country. Boulder sits at the base of Boulder Mountain, surrounded by Dixie National Forest to the north and west, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to the south.

The Burr Trail about 10 miles east of Boulder Utah

A drive along Scenic Byway 12 leads to attractions

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Cannonville, Utah – Gateway to Grand Staircase

Utah’s Kodachrome Basin State Park near Bryce Canyon National Park

Just a few miles southeast of Tropic on Scenic Byway 12, Cannonville sits amid breathtaking scenery.
Together with Tropic and Henrieville, Cannonville is part of the scenic Bryce Valley. The three ranching
communities lie along Scenic Byway 12, Utah’s first all-American Road. Cannonville borders Grand
Staircase Escalante National Monument and Dixie national Forest, and offers convenient access to the
intriguing hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park’s colorful sandstone
formations.

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