Casto Canyon Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Casto Canyon Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Panguitch, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
954 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

off road driving
12 days ago

We have drove this with our Side X Side 3 times and it gets better each time. The views are like Bryce, but without the crowds. It is the offroad ride we love the most. It handles Side X Sides, ATV's and motorcycles well. It's a hidden gem, so not many people go on it. While you could hike it, and it would be beautiful, make sure you go an off time or you will be eating dust from the off road vehicles, and there is no water. So, my recommendation is, there are better hiking trails, I would avoid it for hiking. I doesn't take long, but don't go if there is going to be a storm or if heavy rain has come through since the trail at times could be impassible. PLEASE DON'T TAKE JEEPS OR THE LIKE ON THIS TRAIL. You could get stuck, cause the other off road vehicles there to have to go way around you and ruin the sides of the trail. That's why they close trails like this, because these are not meant for on road vehicles, so please be responsible. The gate opening is only big enough for about a 62" vehicle. DON'T cut the fence and drive around because your vehicle is too big to fit ... there is a reason it's there. It is for Offroad atv type vehicles only (and hiking/biking if you dare). If you continue up the trail past the acutal hiking area (about 7 miles up the vehilce trail) then you find yourself in some wonderful back road trails as well. However, there are a few areas that are tight to get you Side X Side through. Take some pics, because the views are out of this world.

walking
9 months ago

nice alternative to Bryce, more rugged, dog friendly

off road driving
10 months ago

Beautiful Drive. We have a upgraded Toyota Tacoma and some of the spots were tight, but overall a beautiful secluded drive.

off road driving
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Great for ATVs and side-by-sides. the hoodoos and rock formations are beautiful. Can be linked with a ride down Limekiln Canyon. Would recommend this ride very highly.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A great trail for ATV'S and Side X Sides. Not technical, easy to ride just be careful of rain and or flash floods. Can be ridden as a loop using Line kiln Canyon, just to the north of Casto.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Not a mountain biking trail. This is a sandy sandy trail in a wash. It's terrible for biking. My husband and I left and did Thunder Mountain instead.

off road driving
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Awesome trail beautiful rock formations and a canyon full of Hoodoos... certain times of the year there is a small stream that runs thru the bottom of the canyon...be careful if you are making this trip during the monsoon season this canyon can be very nasty during a flash flood

hiking
Monday, September 11, 2017