Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Nice short hike

4 days ago

Very scenic and pretty drive in the fall. Lots of colors. Road is bumpier the last 2 miles but any truck or suv will be fine if it’s dry. Old shack, creek, and redwood tree are worth the drive in. You will likely see deer if early or later in the day

backpacking
22 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.

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

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).

I’m t

2 months ago

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

off road driving
3 months ago

We did this in a group of 3 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicons and the first part up from Bown's Reservoir is very pleasant. However, once you start on the South Draw Road portion of the track, it becomes very difficult. Easy perhaps for mountain bikes, but challenging for jeeps. My friends in the other two Rubicons had lifts and larger tires, whereas I had a stock Rubicon. Needless to say, they were doing better than I. There were a few spots where my jeep was tilting toward a sheer drop and the only thing that kept me going was the knowledge that my friends ahead of me made it without rolling. Once you arrive at Capitol Gorge, it is a very easy paved road of course.

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

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.

off road driving
5 months ago

pretty easy drive you could do it in a car. there are other trails for hiking/MTB/horseback. would like to go up them next time.

mountain biking
6 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!

scenic driving
11 months ago

Great trail, if by "The only Redwood Tree found in Utah", you actually mean "The only creepy, abandoned, Hantavirus-infested-shack in the middle of nowhere", then yes, you will enjoy it. Especially at night.

trail running
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I beg to differ from the opinion that this trail is good for trail running. The trail is littered with rocks that won't bother bike tires but that are big enough that stepping inbetween them is necessary and enough of them that its exhausting to find a safe place to step. They aren't big rocks that can be stepped on, they are small enough to roll an ankle if you step on them (hope that makes sense). I'm a trail runner and managed the patience to make it 3 miles up from the south before losing patience and turning around for 3 miles back down. A great BIKING or HIKING experience for sure!

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great hike. Beautiful trail, and great distance views! Trail was a little rocky in the first 2 sections but didn't stop us. We did this hike in 3 legs. Strawberry to cascade falls, then 2 days later we did cascade falls to te-ah campground then 1 week later we did te-ah to woods ranch. If we did it again we would end at deer haven cg. From there to woods ranch is a rocky road and a lot of exposure. We would love to do this and camp 1/2 way through.

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
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.

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
Thursday, August 25, 2016

when you get to the view! it's amazing!

mountain biking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Did as a mountain bike trip in mid-june. While some guides recommend starting at the lookout, we saved 3 miles and parked just off the highway on the road to Bown's Reservoir. Fun downhill for quite some time with great views of the Park and Henry Mountains. We took the road and passed a biker later who had taken the ATV track. He said it was really bumpy (glad we didn't choose it). At some point you will see a sign saying Tantalus 5, take this left. As you lose elevation and get closer to the park, the road gets a lot more sandy patches. Great views all of the time. After crossing Tantalus Creek you will climb until you get into the park. Just after crossing into park there is a downhill section that can be pretty technical. I rode it but my wife walked her bike. Most of the ride is easy on the technical except for this part. Riding out South Draw to Pleasant Creek is really fun and flowy. We made it onto the scenic drive where our ride found us and saved the last 8 miles to Fruita. Was 101 degrees in the park, whew! A breeze kept it pretty cool for most of the trip.

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
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fast

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
Saturday, October 24, 2015

I did just the face of the mesa from Green Springs up and then down again. Nice short hike up a relatively steep trail. Views from the Mesa are awesome!

mountain biking
Saturday, July 04, 2015

This is a great singletrack trail with a bit of everything - climbs, downhill flows, great views of the lake, old growth pines, meadows and even a segment through an old lava flow. Nothing too technical but I agree with the 'moderate' rating due to some of the climbs and the approx. 9,500' elevation.

To avoid losing the trail, be sure to go CW from the trailhead (or from the trail crossing on Navajo Lake Rd.).

off road driving
Thursday, December 04, 2014

Tantalus Flats is reached from Hwy 12 on FR 186 to Lower Browns Reservoir, then FR 168. Nothing was that bad when I traveled it in 2009. We continued on into Capitol Reef NP. There was a fairly tough spot just inside the park. You go over a ridge, and the road goes right beside a deep washout until you get off the ridge. Several miles farther on, you cross Pleasant Creek, and you are on the Scenic Drive back to Fruita.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

ATV roads not for hiking :(

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