Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Red Canyon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice pseudo-short trail. Although it says “easy”, be aware that it there are a couple of climbs which could prohibit older members of your party from participating. Great views and completely uncrowded at 8am.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail at the VC that offers a taste of Red Canyon. A must do if short on time.

hiking
1 month ago

Perhaps the shortest trail here yet for minimal effort it gives you nice rock formations and a taste of the site.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Short and pretty easy ride with a few climbs. Biggest challenge was the chewed up loose dirt from the horses on the trail.

Did solo early in the am before heading to Zion but would recommend adding in the other connecting trails like the Rich Trail to add some mileage. Everything is marked well and would make for a great warmup ride for thunder mountain or other more challenging trails.

Nice hike....low traffic....hot in the sun...cool in the shade...Perfect.

Red Canyon is the best kept secret just a few miles away from its immensely overcrowded big brother, Bryce Canyon, and the 3 connecting trails across the road (Rte 12) from the Ranger Station - Golden Wall Trail, Castle Bridge Trail and Buckhorn Trail - form a continuous eyegasm that, in my opinion, is perhaps the most beautiful walking trail on Planet Earth, definitely in the top 10, especially if you like amazing red-rock formations along with your rich ponderosa/pinion forests, deep canyons and spectacular 300 mile views.
You start at the Golden Wall Trail just west of the Ranger Station, take the Castle Bridge junction a short ways in (these 2 trails cross each other a couple more times) and after about 3 miles of moderate inclines and descents - which never stops offering new surprises and fantastic spectacles around every corner - you’ll hit the short Buckhorn Trail which switchbacks you down the hillside behind the Red Canyon Campground and back to the road and the Ranger Station.
From the lack of co-hikers on the trail (in 3 hours we only saw two other hikers at the height of the Memorial Day hgh season,) and the lack of reviews here, it’s clear this is a hidden secret, and I hope my enthusiatic review doesn’t change that!

On an overcast day this hike is perfect. Beautiful scenery all around. Only saw a couple people. This trail consists of several loops and taking you different directions. Fun hike and worth doing if your in the area.

hiking
4 months ago

Convinced my kids to do one more short hike before we left the Bryce Canyon area, and the word "pink" seemed like a good bet. There's not much pink here, but there are quite a few beautiful red hoodoos and fins. The trail is easy, with only a few slight hills. It is not wheelchair accessible, but should be walkable by most everyone else.

Start by the small cabin at the east end of the parking lot. There is a trail marker there along with a box that might hold trail guides. During our visit, it only held some rocks. The branches of the trail are well-marked, and provide opportunities for some longer loops for those of you who aren't there with small children who don't want to hike any more. The other end of the trail is behind the Visitor's Center and restrooms, and so the final leg of the loops is across the parking lot.

It's a very pretty little trail, and is worth the stop. We only saw a few others on the trail, compared to the hordes in Bryce.

hiking
6 months ago

We took the trail in a clockwise direction from where the Birdseye Trail meets this trail. We went up the hill then down the other. The way back was on a flat trail from the visitors center back to the parking area. The start of the trail was a little steep in places with a few switchbacks. There were a few benches which provided a nice view. There were many wooden posts with numbers from 1-13. I am not sure what they represented. There were a few diversions we took from the trail that were neat little places to explore. This is a fun little trail that can provide a lot of interesting formations and different colors of rocks to look at.

walking
7 months ago

steep

walking
7 months ago

couple of nice viewpoints, watch for mountain bikers

walking
7 months ago

easy and convenient

golden wall is the best trail in red canyon, steep tho

Lots of options. Not super crowded. Bonus to take the pups out.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bird eye Trail and photo trail are the beautiful small hikes in this location.

hiking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Because there are so many "use" trails in the area it takes a little work to find the trail. You go straight for a few hundred feet. Then look for a trail to the left and look for a small sign. There is a switchback that goes to the small sign that says "End Trail". However the map that you get at the visitor center show the trail also forking to the right before the steeper part of the climb and generally contours to the right until it joins the "Birdseye". You can return back to where you started by turning right at this junction. Look at the OSM layer for details of the trail.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

This is a beautiful trail that has an Interpretive Guide to let you know about the area. This was my favorite trail of the 4 trails that I hiked on the north side of Highway 12.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

This is a nice trail to the top of a hill where you can view both tunnels on highway 12. It climbs gradually and has benches for rest stops

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

I loved this hike. Very relaxing and fairly easy trek. There is a beautiful overlook called Brayton Point that is worth seeing. We started off on Cassidy Trail and ended up coming down on the Rich Trail. We started late in the day 2:30-3p and made it back to the car around 5:30-6p. Great weather (1st week of April). Get out there and enjoy this one!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

loved it, great for short but slightly technical, you have to pay attention to the markers.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Nice trail. Doesn't seem to be a loop... dead ends in to an epic overlook. When heading back take "rich trail" and you'll loop back to Cassidy trail right before the parking lot.

Excellent! There is so much beauty, to be up close was so wonderful and we could take our dog which was huge for us.

hiking
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I am reviewing only the portion of Cassidy Trail up to the second junction with Rich Trail. I then completed a loop on Rich Trail before returning to the trailhead on Cassidy Trail. This little out and back with a loop configuration came in at almost exactly four miles. Nice trail generally in the open but through some pine forest with pockets of shade. Sandy surface on Cassidy Trail. The trail crosses a broad dry wash a few times. Gentle grade on Cassidy Trail, then a few short, steep sections on Rich Trail. Nice views, nothing spectacular; there are some rock formations resembling the hoodoos seen in Bryce Canyon. You could have this trail all to yourself. I started in early afternoon on a weekday in mid June and other than a family of four hanging out in the wash about half a mile from the trailhead I saw absolutely no one. From what I can tell this trail may be more popular among mountain bikers than hikers. It is also open to equestrians and I noticed a fair amount of droppings. Of course there is no water so bring plenty if you go. Nice low key hike away from crowds.

hiking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Did about 1.5 out and back to where it forks at Rich Trail. Really nice hike and pretty level. Interesting hiking. Loved the view of parts of Red Canyon.

hiking
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Did Golden Wall and Castle Bridge. very nice with great views.

hiking
Thursday, May 07, 2015

Great spring hike. No signs on Hwy 89 so when Bryce is jammed you'll get Red Canyon all to yourself. Old growth forest, wild flowers, and lots of sand and gravel in the bottom of the canyon. A real workout for your feet and calves.

hiking
Friday, August 15, 2014

Very interesting and scenic area of southern Utah between Zion and Bryce National Parks. It is in Red Canyon where Butch Cassidy and his gang used to escape from the law and hide out until "all was clear". Really red rocks (hence the name), awesome hoodoos and lots more vegetation than I expected. It is a mostly out-in-the-open type trail with lots of heat and sun exposure. Plan accordingly. The Loop itself is not difficult but well worth the time it takes to hike it. Be sure to stop at Red Canyon if you are on your way to Zion or Bryce - I think a lot of people just kind of zoom on past it without realizing the beauty it has to offer.

hiking
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hiked a five mile chunk. Sure it's for bikers but we only saw two. And no other hikers. Quite peaceful and the stretch we hiked was not too demanding. Fantastic views. Lots of nutcrackers and a couple of hawks. Plus lizards of course.

on Cassidy Trail

hiking
2 months ago

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