Fantasy Canyon Loop is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bonanza, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.5 miElevation gain55 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyNature tripsWalkingViewsNo shade
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Fantasy Canyon trail lies on what was once the banks of Lake Unitas. The trail winds through highly weathered rock formations formed into various unique shapes. There are many opportunities to see fossils and other geologic rarities.

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Utah BLM Vernal Field Office 170 South 500 East Vernal, UT 84078 Phone: (435) 781-4400

From Vernal, head south on Highway 45 for 24.3 miles. Turn right onto Glen Bench Rd and head southwest for 12.8 miles. Continue on Coyote Washington Rd for 4.6 miles and look for the signs.

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Suzanne Jacobson
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Very cool adventure if you're in the area. The rock formations are like no other. Beautiful ! Well worth a visit.

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biri biri
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Hiking

Super neat, well worth the side trip. I was sad to see a family who were letting their kids jump and swing around all over the fragile formations.

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Cheri Christensen Tuckett
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Scenic drivingGreat!No shade

This place is awesome! The hike is short and easy. Had a hard time following the trail but you can't really get lost. The unique landscape is amazing and we had a great time wandering through the formations.

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Cheri Christensen Tuckett
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HikingGreat!No shade
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Melissa M
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Hiking

Nice easy walk in small canyon; trail is ill defined in spots, but the area is small, so it easy to see where you are. Came early and had the area all to myself.

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Rosie H
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short trail, no shade, poorly marked, difficult to find, rock formations have fallen across the path. amazing photos and rock formations, though.

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Angelica Kane
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

To me there wasn’t a clear trail, unless I was blind and did not see it lol. But overall we had fun, the kids loved it. Our puppy was a bit scared to walk, cause it was super windy.

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Brandi Joseph
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we love this spot. Easy enough for the littles to come and enjoy too. It's a favorite of ours. We go over and over.

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Alex Cabrero
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Hiking

This place is amazing. Beautiful! Every picture looks great.

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Jill Bergeron
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the trail was a little hard to follow in spots you have to climb over a few rocks to get to the inner portion where there was a round bench. there are picnic tables by the parking area would be a great spot for a picnic on a pretty day.

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Hope Reed
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HikingNo shade

This would be a great place for young children. The trail is a little hard to follow in places but was overall a fun day. Very beautiful. I spent about an hour exploring.

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Max Kelly
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Hiking

wonderful, fun, short and sweet!

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Tarrah Patch
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This is super amazing formation. Rocks that mark the trail is all over In places. Markers for different formations are removed or hard to spot.

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Cuneyt Taskiran
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Patrick & Amanda Harvey
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Arnold Scott
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A good one to take your young children.

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Stuart Derman
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This canyon is short but absolutely stunning! It's a remote spot but worth the trek to get out there. Some good info on here about camping and other things like the weather. https://utahadventureguides.com/fantasy-canyon/

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Jackie Fox
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It’s really irritating to see people give this hike 3 stars for the sole reason that it is far away and short! This forum is meant to describe the hike. This hike is incredible and people commenting about the drive should get zero credence as a hiker. Go exercise in Disney world and save us the time of reading your nonsensical reviews that mean nothing.

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Jodi Holbrook
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Walking

It’s a long way out of the way for a really small hike. But the rock formations are super cool and the kids spent an hour climbing all over the rocks.

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Lizz Daley
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Walking

This place was absolutely amazing! One of the reasons we went to Vernal in the first place. Took us about an hour to get there from Vernal but totally worth it. The sandstone structures that were created completely by nature were absolutely breathtaking. There are markers to help you find specific formations that have been named, but it looked like some of them had been broken. Not sure if this was from vandalism or natural causes. There was a restroom out there, but I don't know if it's open all the time or just in the summer. It was open when we went. I would definitely recommend this hike to anyone who doesn't mind the drive. Worth it!

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Christine Jordan
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A mini sized version of Goblin Valley. Fun place to see but kind of a drive. We spent less than an hour here. I bet this place would be incredible during a sunset.

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Tom Perl
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Shellise Brandenburg
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