Perhaps not surprisingly, there are many people who turn from Highway 89 onto Scenic Byway 12 and venture about two miles up the road to the point where they hit Red Canyon, and they say to themselves, “this must be Bryce Canyon”. Those visitors often turn around and go on their merry way, believing that they have seen Bryce Canyon National Park, when it reality they have experienced Red Canyon which is part of the Dixie National Forest.
It’s time again to remind everyone about the great mountain biking opportunities in this region. Start planning now for your next great biking adventure.
The beauty of Utah’s vast deserts and unending skies can be enjoyed in many ways and mountain biking just happens to be one of the most popular (and it’s the perfect way to avoid the tourist crowds). Within the borders of Bryce Canyon National Park itself, off-road biking is not permitted, but
Twelve miles outside of Bryce Canyon National Park on Scenic Byway 12, Red Canyon beckons with a similar red rock landscape. Like Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon’s hoodoos were sculpted from Claron limestone over eons from wind and water erosion. Red Canyon is part of the Dixie National Forest, and follows Scenic Byway 12 for about four miles.
The hoodoos can be explored with short hikes along
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