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Thunder Mountain Loop is a 15.6 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 15.6 mi Elevation gain 1,748 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Road biking Walking Bird watching Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No shade No dogs
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We started off from the Red Canyon Campground along SB12, and rode the paved bike trail to Coyote Hollow and then started the loop at the Coyote Hollow TH. The initial ascent is slow going and quite a good warm up before hitting the main trail. The first part of the trail is an up/down ride with some good climbs, but very doable in the right gears. At the midpoint, the ride becomes a little more level with some great views and a few steep climbs. As you descend the mountain, you encounter some tight switchbacks, and then a really nice bomb downhill (no pedaling needed) for over a mile, that dumps you right back into the Red Canyon campground. Fantastic ride.

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Bruce Palmer
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jason jenkins
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Everything starts here in this description by Disneyland designing their Thunder Mountain Rollercoaster after this trail! No wonder, lol! Here's the link https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/02/look-closer-big-thunder-mountain-railroad-at-disneyland-park/#:~:text=Located%20in%20the%20heart%20of,and%20references%20to%20Disney%20history.

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Corbin Partridge
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Horseback ridingGreat!

Rode 25 years ago with my father and still amazing today!

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Alecia Grimes
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Horseback ridingGreat!

Took the horses ups this beautiful trail and it was so peaceful. We passed a couple of bikers but they were all very pleasant. I would definitely trail ride there again.

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Chad Davis
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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Melanie Topham
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Sketchy if you have trouble with heights—wish I’d done sneakers instead of a bike because the amazing views weren’t as impressive while I dealt with my wheels.

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Alistair Kilpatrick
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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Nicholas Call
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Excellent mountain bike trail. Beautiful views with some challenging, short climbs and switchbacks. This is probably too challenging for beginners. We started at Coyote Hollow.

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Colin Enz
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Mountain bikingRocky

We rode from the thunder mountain trailhead up the paved path, then to the equestrian camping and onto the trail. The first 1/2 from the equestrian spot is easy rolling ups and downs. The second 1/2 has a few punchy climbs, but is easy none the less. The second 1/2 also has a ton of chunky switchbacks and a very real amount of exposure. Definitely worth the ride, but maybe leave anyone who's not used to Utah chunk and downhill behind. I'm a heavyset dude. I drank 3 liters of water on this ride and I was taking my time with newer riders.

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Michaella Lawson
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Horseback ridingRocky

So this app says it’s a loop but it’s really not a loop for horses. However, we continued on the bike trail in order to make it a loop. It’s a gorgeous trail that has some very rocky parts. My daughter and I did it and absolutely loved it. The view is spectacular with shade on a good majority.

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Brett Wilson
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Mountain biking

Fun trail, more climbing than downhill until the very end, but it’s super fun with beautiful views especially on the top and backside. Moderate to difficult ride, probably not a beginner trail. Early morning is the best time to ride of course, but good anytime of day unless it’s super hot. :) Bring a good amount of water, camera and be prepared for a good workout.

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Deja Schweitzer
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Horseback ridingNo shade

Riding out the Equestrian Campground this is a 9.4 mile, 4 hour ride to the Thunder Mountain Trailhead at the bottom of Red Canyon where our truck and trailer were waiting. Riding out from the campground we followed the road 1.2 miles to the Coyote Hollow Trailhead. There is plenty of room at the trailhead for trailers. I would stage trailers and drop off at the top and pick-up at the bottom of the trail. 3.6 miles from the Coyote Hollow trailhead are hitching posts and an outhouse (outhouse is missing it’s door). This first section winds through the trees with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, the second half of the ride, after the hitching posts is what this trail is know for, breathtaking hoodoos and sandstone rock formations. It’s so beautiful, I felt like I was riding through a theme park ride or on another planet. It’s just unreal and I personally feel like there isn’t a better way to experience this trail than on horseback! Notes on the Coyote Hollow Equestrian Campground. The campground has three hitching posts and plenty of trees to secure a highline. The camp ground has water (non-pottable) for the horses. The water ran dry on our second day, apparently ranchers use the same well for their cattle so we had no notice that we wouldn’t have water for the horses. Our trailer has a tank which we were able to fill at the gas station just up the highway. This campground is first come first serve with no priority given to equestrians even though this is an equestrian campground. We arrived Wednesday and had our choice of the four campsites. There is some movement to set aside one or two sites for equestrian use like they have at other equestrian campgrounds in the Dixie National Forest, please contact or email https://www.fs.usda.gov/contactus/dixie/about-forest/contactus to let them know how important this campground is for equestrians.

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Jennifer Robino
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Mountain biking

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever ridden

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Devrin Carlson-Smith
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Mountain biking

Perhaps my fav in Utah!

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Frank Clayton
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Hiking

One of the best trails!

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Michael Nordenstrom
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Mountain bikingRocky

This is a premier bike trail. Don't think of hiking it on a weekend or you'll get mowed down and make all the bikers mad. Golden Walls is the neighboring trail and is hiking only (it is more beautiful and photogenic). Thunder Mountain is a serious gig. I prefer the uphill portion to the down. The fast pace, steep descent, and hairpin turns are not for the faint of heart. I have hiked a lot, and I would say this is moderate/difficult. It's a workout.

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Oren Zvulun
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Biked it.

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Kevin Osabuohien
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Mountain biking

Fun trail will go again next time

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Janelle Romano
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Hiking

Bottom line up front - beautiful hike! This is an easy hike but made moderate due to length. Highly recommend for hikers to hike counter-clockwise. Also, recommend hikers leave bikes at the eastern trailhead so you can bike the last 5 miles back to the west end trailhead as the bike path is nice but would not be an enjoyable walk.

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Ryan Barney
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Mountain bikingMuddyRockySnow

Simply smashing!!! Quite lovely.

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Eric Losee
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Mountain biking

Awesome trail -uphill both ways lol

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Alex Riddle
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Really nice trail. Pack all your water in because there aren’t any springs along the trail. Most people use it for mountain biking but it’s easy to step off trail to let them pass. We backpacked in a few miles the night before and stayed the night but you could easily do it in a day.

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Ansel Noakes
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Great trail, but it seems to be rarely hiked. We ran into several friendly mountain bikers and a horseback tour. The hoodoos and the Pune forest trail are incredible, but the 5 or so mile walk back to the truck on the asphalt bike path wasn’t what we were expecting. Awesome trail nonetheless and I’m sure incredible for mountain biking!

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Erick Rosales
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Mountain biking

really good trail and beautiful views

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Doris Corbeil
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Beautiful views. Met a group of bikers as this is a bike trail as well. Saw 2 antelope and spectacular hoodoos

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Eric Rosenthal
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Hiked 4.5 miles from the trailhead near the visitor center to the clearing with the hitching posts and doorless outhouse. Thunder Mountain looks to be covered in snow, but the trail to where I stopped was almost completely snow-free and only muddy in short places. Just me, and one mountain biker all morning.

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Drew Partridge
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Mountain bikingMuddySnow

Trail is pretty much impassable with deep snow in some parts. Couldn’t bike very far.

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