Vermillion Castle Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Parowan, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Appropriately named, Vermillion Castle, from a distance looks every bit a castle. Spires and towers, lofty ceilings and sloping buttresses, one would expect a golden carriage to arrive at any moment. The trail requires a lot of sacrifice on behalf of the hiker to arrive at the front door for a closer look.
Not the biggest fan of switchbacks, however, this was a short but sweet trail with a beautiful view at the end.
Trail is fairly steep and consists mostly of loose rocks and gravel on hard packed dirt. The trail is easy to follow and where it crosses hard rock there are cairns marking the trail.
The hike is short and there is no water on the trail. The road signs for getting there don't match Google Maps directions and you have to turn off of highway 143 at the sign for Five Mile Picnic Area and Yankee Meadow (brown sign white lettering).
The trail is mostly shady in early to late morning, but after that the only shade is from the occasional tree. At the end of the trail there are lots of small rock formations and a tiny arch.
Vermillion Castle are cliffs best seen at a distance. Simply getting closer doesn't add to the experience. For the time and effort I would hike Noah's Ark Trail across canyon, the views of Vermillion Castle are spectacular with the added bonus of Noah's Ark.