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
4 days ago

Amazing views all the way to Zion. Fun candy colored cliffs that you can play on. What could be better?!?

backpacking
15 days ago

A beautiful hike, but the beginning is very difficult to navigate due to the fire and plant regrowth. Definitely strenuous for such a short hike and worth it at the top. Would recommend hiking poles for those backpacking and those with bad knees.

If you’re looking for a green, lush hike, this is not for you (but it will be once everything grows back). Although, if you appreciate the cycles of nature, the spots of green, yellow, orange, and red are stunning amongst the burnt trees and brown foliage. The views of the red rock and alpine trees are wonderful and there’s a small open field once you reach the top.

The hike starts off relatively steep and there’s a lot of fallen trees and rocks you have to step over. There are cairns scattered along the way to help you navigate the unseen path, but you definitely have to look for them. Start by going up and slightly to the left, then taking a few switchbacks across the small (not the big one furthest to the left) stream. After a few of those, you’ll want to stick to the RIGHT of the stream and you’ll then run into the path which will remain easily followed and well marked until the top. Do not follow up the left of the stream unless you want to do a lot of bushwhacking (our mistake).

There’s a few fire pits built around the lake and lots of places to hammock and set up camp if backpacking.

It was beautiful up there! Not a hike I would go out of my way for again, but definitely worth the trip we took.

Cactus still blooming on
May 25th. Go early to beat the heat.

Great drive through pristine forest and tons of deer, turkeys, and antelope! Very easy 4x4 Trail.

fishing
1 month ago

Great Lake, backpacked in, camped and fished. Not real strenuous, but a lot of fun!

mountain biking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful ride, and I would do it again, however I can't give it 5 stars. I took my wife and two children on this ride. We ranged in ages 17 - 51, and while my wife and I are more experienced bikers, my children aren't so the moderate rating is all depending upon your point of view. Let me give everyone some tips (I have been ridding mountain bikes for about 20 years now so I do have some experience in this area):
1. Users have said ride this clockwise, don't do that. EVERYONE rides this counter clockwise. We road this clockwise and it was much more difficult (steeper ups and hard rock climbs). Plus you run into everyone else riding it CCW. Just make sure you know how to find the trail when crossing the road as you have about a 1/2 mile on the main road before the trail starts again.
2. Some parts are maintained, but the side closest to the road have two different fallen trees that you need to portage across. One is fairly large and you need someone else with you to help each other.
3. The steeps are more steep than people make out below, your lungs will be burning as you are at high altitude. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone below the age of 12 or you will be out there all day as they will need to walk a lot.
4. It is technical at times (several rock drops and loose gravel). Anytime you add single track, it becomes technical unless you have ridden it a lot, so again for non experienced riders, this will be more difficult. Moderately experienced mountain bikers will have no issues. I would say some parts would be considered hard while others are easy. Hence the moderate rating especially with climbs.
5. Watch out for loose gravel and rock (mostly on the lake side), my daughter had a nasty wash out and got her first good road rash on both knees … some good mountain bike war wounds we like to say.
6. Take water, especially in the summer, it's longer than you think.
7. My wife and I both used our Garmins, and it's more like 11.5-11.6 miles. Now it's possible they are off slightly, but not a mile. If you are checking with a phone or a bike odometer they are probably off more than a true GPS.
8. Be prepared for spectacular views … take a phone or camera for pictures (I used my GoPro).

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful sandstone formations. One our favorite family hiking spots when we're in St. George. No services and the gravel/dirt road getting to the trail head is a little sketchy but we made it in the minivan several times now. Easy, fairly flat but sandy trail from parking spot to the cliffs where you'll then have amazing views. Keep exploring around the cliffs and then head further over the edge for some scrambling down onto the sandstone formations for the real treat at Candy Cliffs.

hiking
2 months ago

this is a beautiful, low trafficked gem we just finished hiking. bring lots of water!! it never gets too steep, but this will take you a good 5-6 hours with only breaks for water. you'll cross the creek 15-20 times going all the way up and back. there's no real end goal or location, just pretty scenery throughout. we were the only two on the trail and didn't see any footprints suggesting anyone else had been there in a while. right as the hike starts, cross the river or you'll go up the wrong canyon that's more like rock climbing that abruptly ends!

2 months ago

Beautiful hike!! We pretty much had the lake to ourselves. We had four wheel drive and were able to drive to the trail head. From there it is only 1.5 miles to the lake.

2 months ago

Fun, easy walk with my 3-yr old (who loved the lava field).

2 months ago

Lovely even on a hot day...

Incredible sandstone formations. You could easily spend two days here. I've been out 3 times now and still more to explore. It's best done in the cooler season though, very limited shade and you will be walking around on rock that faces south.

hiking
3 months 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
4 months 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

fishing
4 months ago

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
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 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
6 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
9 months ago

steep

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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
Sunday, September 24, 2017

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.

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