Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Panguitch with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Golden Wall Trail

hiking
4 days ago

If you have a chance, do this hike. The scenery is spectacular. I did it on a cold November morning, and saw absolutely no one else.

I did the loop clockwise, parking at the Red Canyon Visitor Center (closed right now), crossing Hwy 12, and walking down to the Red Canyon Campground on the bike path. I will say that without the AllTrails app, I might have had some trouble finding the trailhead inside the campground. This route got the boring parts of the hike out of the way first.

Once you hit the main part of the trail, it's great. A fair amount of up and down in terms of elevation gain. There are parts of the trail that have been affected by washouts/slides, but maybe someone has cleaned things up, because it was very easy to navigate. I was never in doubt for more than 10 seconds as to where to go to stay on the trail. The Buckhorn trail is a quarter mile spur up to an awesome high point. You might feel a little exposed on that part of the trail, but it's not dangerous. I took the Castle Bridge trail option on the way down. In fact, I didn't even see where the other option was, but the way I went was excellent. The trail ends on Hwy 12 again, maybe 50 yards before the Visitor Center.

hiking
9 days ago

I’m not sure if I was on the trail or if I was following the footprints of someone who also went the wrong way. In either case, I climbed up to the ridge and took some amazing photos.

Great views. Scenary is similar to what you would see at Bryce but on a much smaller scale. Trail was in fair condition as we encountered many rock slide areas. Fortunately it hadn't rained in a while so trail was dry.

Trail is lightly used. During our ~ 3 hour hike we didn't see another person until we got back to the parking lot. Trail is fine for adults or teenagers, but it wouldn't be good for young children as trail is narrow with many rocky slide off areas.

If you're looking for a leisurely hike with great scenary and few people, this hike is for you.

on Golden Wall Trail

28 days ago

Skip Bryce NP (too crowded) and do this hike. Amazing views. Some challenging areas which make it more fun

Awesome trail! Breathtaking views throughout and hoodoos abounding! Should be pretty steady on narrow exposed hillside trails

This is a beautiful driving tour. Many places to stop for scenic photos. While dogs can travel in your vehicle, not all hiking trails are dog friendly.

off road driving
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of our favorites in the Red Canyon area. It's a hidden gem and you would be lucky if you see more than one or two other groups of people. We have hiked it twice and were alone the one time and only saw a couple the other. The views are spectacular and not unlike Bryce, but without the crowds. You will need a high clearance vehicle to get there, but the road is easy ... we always ride our side by side back into the trail head parking area (takes maybe 10 minutes to drive in on dirt road). The parking area is nice enough and is also the same area you use to hike Loose canyon. There is a restroom at the parking lot, but it's not very well maintained. There are specatular views, so make sure to take some pics. Lots of arches and it's a fairly easy hike. We go counter clock wise, but I guess you could do it either way it doesn't matter. You can spend as long as you want on the hike, but with the views, you will be there a good hour. The actual trailhead has been washed out by a flash flood, so you will need to hike up into Loose canyon (past the animal unloading gate) about 50 yards until you find a way across the dry creek bed. Straight across the creek bed from the animal unloading coral is were the actual trail starts, but it's hard to see from the parking lot. You will see a small sign over there and the actual trail once you cross. It may be difficult to find if you haven't done it before.

We drove from where 12 starts at 89 to the turn off for Kodachrome Basin State Park. Since we did not drive all this in one go, I uploaded a partial recording so I could sync some pictures to the road (but the pics may not be part of the recorded area).

Birdseye & Pink Ledges are two beautiful short trails. Golden walls trail was not in good shape due to washouts caused by heavy rain few weeks before. The view there isn‘t that great.

hiking
2 months ago

This should definitely be rated as difficult. I just tried it yesterday and much of the trail is washed out. It is very tricky to find the trail as it is not well marked and gets washed out in several places. Go slow and look up not down to make sure you stay following the trail rather than a runoff. Amazing geology and colors. No one on the trail at all when I took it. Definitely take the castle bridge loop to the east. Amazing views.

3 months ago

A really nice hike after the crowds in Bryce. The trail is easy to loose if you’re not watching but, it’s a good place to just wonder.

Very scenic road with great scenic overlooks.

hiking
3 months ago

amazing trail. we did it twice during our 4 days in Bryce. didn't see a single person on either hikes. some sections have loose rocks and soil so be careful. I ended up slipping and falling down the hill on the decent into the camp ground at the end of the hike so be careful. I liked it more than the fairytail loop. Somewhere in the middle you will see a rock balencing on a thin tendril of stone that seems to defy gravity. It amazed me more than anything I saw in Bryce canyon.

horseback riding
4 months ago

Found the canyon full of interesting rock formations and made for a perfect up & back horseback ride.

hiking
4 months ago

I just did this as an out and back starting from the clearly marked trailhead at milepost 3 on Hwy 12, just before the Red Canyon Visitor Center. The trailhead has a restroom, but no water. Truly wonderful hike. Some of the same wonderful rock formations you would see at Bryce, but without the crowds. I also like that it was uphill on the way out and downhill on the way back, which is the opposite of hiking in Bryce Canyon.This trail is obviously used for mountain biking and horseback riding, which is more practical if you are going to do the whole loop. I was the only one on the trail this morning. Evidence of the past presence of horses is abundant, but not bothersome.

For the first 1.4 miles you are walking gradually uphill on a nice path, with pleasant but not spectacular scenery. After reaching a junction, and continuing on the Thunder Mountain trail, things get really interesting. There is a slightly steep uphill with switchbacks and then you are walking along a ridge, rolling up and down, with beautiful views in all directions. At about 2.4 miles, there is a side trail for Inspiration Point, which goes up to a wonderful viewpoint in about .3 miles. It's absolutely worth the extra effort. I followed the Thunder Mountain trail for 3.1 miles and then turned around. I could see a radio tower on top of a peak in the distance, and I think that is where the trail was headed and maybe that is the location of the Thunder Mountain peak, but the folks at the Visitor Center couldn't tell me. The trail eventually meets up with Hwy 12 and taking the path along the road is how you would complete the loop.

Beautiful hike! If hiking we think it is better to do counter clockwise. We were the only hikers, two mountain bikes and 6 people on horse back. Loose rock and some steep climbs make somewhat technical. Would do it again.

hiking
4 months ago

The best trail along the entry to Red Canyon. gives you the best feel of the canyon without doing a long trail and you only have a little time.

hiking
4 months ago

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

I went to all the major NP' this week and the drives to and from have been unreal. I'm always on a timetable yet I find myself pulling over to take a pic lol

mountain biking
4 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.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Amazing!! A good mix of fairly short/easy climbs and fun downhill sections. Initial descent loose, technical, and rocky.....final descent to highway fast and fun!!!

Would recommend for sure!!

loved this hike. brought my two dogs and so it took us quite awhile but we stopped and took breaks when we found shade. the views were breathtaking and almost dr seuss out of this world like.

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

5 months ago

Great way to spend 1 to 2 hours. A hidden gem. Would recommend clockwise route and take time to explore the spur trails.

on Golden Wall Trail

5 months ago

great first hike when we came into the area last week! met no one else on entire trail ! solitude n beauty

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.

Driving through this area I just had to pull over at the visitors center and check it out. I didn't plan on this detor, but I kept saying, I want to see what is just around this corner, or just around that rock for it was all so very beautiful. I ended up hiking around here for over a half hour, and I have it on my list to go back and do more of it for it was surprisingly great area. Here is my blog post if you want to see some pictures. http://shaunasadventures.blogspot.com/2018/01/?m=1

hiking
10 months ago

I like this trail a lot. But, like an idiot, I wasn't able to research it enough before going and got to see and spend time only at one arch. So, that means we have to come back again! Keep in mind that there will be about 4.5 miles in on dirt roads to the trail. The day we were on the roads, they were pretty good and dry, though a few parts had washed out on road sides, and the road was quite rocky. We had a Volvo station wagon which navigated it well, lower clearance vehicles may have posed a challenge. The drive takes longer than walking on the trail. But this trail would not be for finishing a hike.... Though we only saw one arch, we spent an hour and 15 minutes doing .6 miles in and out. If we had been able to see other arches, we'd spend more time.

hiking
10 months ago

most of the trail is under snow right now. we still ventured out a mile or so before the snow got deeper and sketchier. the view was still fantastic though. definitely want to come back when the trail is clear.

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