Explore the most popular views 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.

if you're strapped on time do this trail. it can be done in less than an hour, but if you have time , continue on and complete the golden wall loop trail. It's worth it

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.

hiking
10 days ago

Truly wonderful hike. Some of the same wonderful rock formations you would see at Bryce, but without the crowds. I also like that it is uphill on the way out and downhill on the way back, which is the opposite of hiking in Bryce Canyon. I did this 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. This trail is obviously used for mountain biking and horseback riding, but 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 that might be where the trail was headed. I'm have no idea of the location of the Thunder Mountain peak, and the folks at the Visitor Center didn't know either, but maybe I can find it on another trip.

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.

on Buckhorn Trail

hiking
22 days ago

Listed as moderate, but fairly easy aside from a slightly technical descent from the topmost portion due to loose gravel and wind. Amazing views, completely deserted in the early evening.

on Pink Ledges Trail

hiking
22 days ago

Easy, accessible, great views. Few people on trail in the morning, and relatively well-shaded.

hiking
25 days 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
25 days ago

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

hiking
25 days 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
25 days ago

An intro hike to Red Canyon doable by most but offers some nice hoodoos.

hiking
25 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy hike through some shorter hoodoos. Had our kids with us and we enjoyed hiking up through the hoodoos on the way back.

These are very nice, but if you dont have as much time - go over to Bryce Canyon because they are larger and a lot more to see

on Golden Wall Trail

2 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.

hiking
3 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.

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
5 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.

hiking
6 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
6 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.

walking
6 months ago

steep

walking
6 months ago

steep

hiking
6 months ago

more for mountain biking

walking
6 months ago

couple of nice viewpoints, watch for mountain bikers

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