Explore the most popular camping trails in Dixie National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike with a lots of breathtaking views

Pretty great hike, but I’d still highly suggest the Red Reef hike over this one.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful. Only 1 mile to Blind Lake if you drive all the way to the TH. Read my full trail guide with a map here: http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/06/hiking-to-blind-lake-boulder-mountain.html

Great hike. made it 8 miles in and didnt see the other trail head and turned back. the stream is full of 9 inch Brookies, some rainbows, and apparently browns but I couldn't distinguish any of those from the brookies. the trail crosses the stream a lot, and is a very sandy trail. so expect it to be slow going through the loose sand, but it's a ton of fun and there's a lot of shade for breaks and such. only saw two groups over three days. not lots of camping spots away from trail so just do what you can to reuse spots.

hiking
28 days ago

After turning off the paved highway, you weave your way up the mountain on a dirt road. Once you start passing campsites and other visitors, you start to really climb. The views are awesome, just go slow to watch for other vehicles coming from the other direction around blind corners. We had a low profile vehicle so we stopped and parked along the way and walked the rest of the way up to the trailhead.

The trailhead is marked by a map with a very faint "You are here" and an arrow. That is where the fun begins. To the right, the road continues to another lake, to the left of the trailhead marker is a small path into a fairly dense treeline. Through the trees, the trail is easy to follow, just keep climbing and you will come to a clearing where you can see out over the trees below. Keep hiking up, and follow the path, you will pass several smaller ponds, most of which are dry before reaching the real lake. Watch out for the high altitude for the out of towners, it will really start to affect how fast you can travel uphill. Just take many short breaks and remember to breath with every step. The path winds up and around the canyon until the lake pops out of the trees. When you see the crystal clear water of the Blind Lake, you will feel immediately refreshed.

Set in front of a giant canyon wall lined with trees, Blind Lake is cool and clean. The perfect place to rest and take in all of Southern Utah's natural beauty. The lake is very large and there were even snow banks remaining in May. Nobody was around on the day of our visit and it was so peaceful and quiet. you can see the bottom of the lake and each individual rock along the beach. The wonderful views and beautiful lake were such a wonderful experience, I cannot wait to go back and visit again.

hiking
28 days ago

Breathe taking views! The hike is relatively plain until you come to the overlook. No question, terrific hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyable spring alpine hike through aspens, pines and open fields. Make sure to hike up to the second lake.

Unbelievable cactus flower displays, everywhere along the trail. Beautiful red rock canyon scenery at the end. Explore cautiously and keep an eye out for cairns. Enjoy.

backpacking
1 month ago

The road is closed 3 miles from the trailhead. Me and two buddies decided to hike in anyways, and it was tough. The road was washed out in several places pretty bad, hence the closure. We're in our early twenties and were dying just getting to the trailhead due to carrying stuff to camp for several days, which then got significantly worse once we reached the actual trail. The whole area has burned also. This made the trail extremely difficult to follow in places.By the lake there are a few spots that didn't burn, but 90% of the area has. We saw elk tracks and caught 3 brook trout in the lake, but that was about it as far as animals. We also woke up to a few inchea of snow, so we waited for it to melt and then hiked out a day earlier than planned. The whole place has a pretty creepy feeling due to the lack of insects or birds. I would give it a few years to grow back before doing it again. Just a heads up.

hiking
1 month ago

BLM land, drove this while looking for free camping sites on BLM land. Basically upland sparce pine forest. It offered solitude and free camping away from the crowds.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This is a great non-technical single track ride. We took a group of 15 around the lake and all riders aging from 12 to 45 made it the whole way without any trouble. The trail is a lot of short ups and downs through the pine and aspen trees. There is even one spot where the trail hits an ancient lava field. I'd highly recommend this one. Can't wait to try it again!

hiking
2 months ago

Basic Desert view until you get to the end. Then you get the awesome view.

Easy hike with Awesome views!

Great views!!!!

hiking
6 months ago

steep

8 months ago

Went about 4.5 up trail from south end. Lots of stream crossings, turned back when lost trail. Very nice hike until that point, if you don't mind getting feet wet. Saw another group at TH but no one else on trail. South TH easy to get to with 2WD. Consider long pants for the brush.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike for the whole family. Uphill to a beautiful lake, and wonderful fall colors. The road to the trailhead is a little rough, but did not require 4WD. Definitely worth it.

fishing
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The hike up to the lake was rough, there's no sugar coating it. It's entirely uphill and extremely steep at places. Absolutely worth it once you reach the lake, though. We spent 3 days up there camping and fishing and not a single person came through.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

This was just over a 7 mi hike and despite its name is not a canyon, but rather up a steep ridge, through very nice ponderosa pine with some nice high views in some spots. It starts out slowly in elevation gain but is quite steep in some places in short spurts. Overall about 2400' gain and ends at an ATV trail--it basically connects a dirt road (that you drive to trail head on) to the ATV trail at top of mountain. No particular landmarks or things to see; so if you would like a moderately strenuous forest hike it's nice. However, given the area you're in, there are many other hikes which focus on the region's unique geology, but not this one.

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Paul's review below describes the Red Reef trail, not the Red Reef East trail. The Red Reef East trail is an easy out and back and has some very pretty vistas. Family friendly. Be sure and hike the Red Reef Trail as well.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

If you start from the top, it's real hot for the last 3 miles.
If you start from the bottom, it's uphill.

Some of the biggest pine in the forest are in this canyon and a very nice hike.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

If you start from the top, it's real hot for the last 3 miles.
If you start from the bottom, it's uphill.

Some of the biggest pine in the forest are in this canyon and a very nice hike.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Short hike with great views of the Red Cliffs. If you take a right at the "Tipple" sign, it goes all the way down to the creek and you can cross it linking you to the White Reef trailhead. Follow me on instagram @erichslaughter Cheers!

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

This is such a fun hike. A short jaunt up the hill you'll make it to the first pools which you can cliff jump at, it's pretty deep so you should be fine. The next pools are pretty fun to cliff jump at as well and the water is clearer which is nice. There's a fallen apart rope that will help you get to the next level, but the foot holes in the rock make it pretty easy. After going a little more you'll be forced to either walk up the stream or take off up the red rocks. I prefer going up the stream because it keeps you cool and its super fun climbing up tiny stream waterfalls to get to the next levels. If you hike up it's a bit more difficult and is kinda sketchy, but still provides some pretty spectacular views of the slots. If you plan to go up the stream be sure to bring some good water shoes that will allow you to swim and go to dry land easily - you'll have to do that a lot.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Navajo loop trail is an awesome ride. Not very technical, for someone who hasn't ridden much in the last few years. Well maintained trail. Exercise caution through the lava beds because fishtailing might lead to an unfortunate encounter with a lava rock. (Just a scrape and it was totally my mistake. )
I would recommend this to anyone.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

I thought this was a nice easy trail with little elevation gain. In mid July there were still lots of wildflowers and not too many bugs. Beautiful area.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

rode the loop clockwise two days ago... the trail is in great condition... trail crews were out there cleaning it up the week prior, no fallen trees. Super fun pretty flowy, I plan to take the family next time. The lake is at 9000 feet elevation so my nostrils and lungs were burning a bit.

mountain biking
Monday, May 30, 2016

I just biked this trail on Saturday (May 28, 2016) and it still has snow patches and huge fallen trees. It hasn't been cleaned up yet for the summer. It is still an awesome ride! The views are amazing and there aren't many people there at all. Will do again.

hiking
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A fun, beautiful trail with some amazing scenery at the end. I only give it three stars because the first section of the trail to the pass is largely forgettable.

hiking
Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Phenomenal! I couldn't believe the diverse geology and the massive pine trees hiding on the upper stretch. After hiking most of the entire state this will be on my top 10 favorites.

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