Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

5 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.

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
30 days 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.

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

1 month ago

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

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

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.

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.

6 months ago


6 months ago

more for mountain biking

6 months ago

good for kids

the Casto half is fun, Losee not so much

6 months ago

nice alternative to Bryce, more rugged, dog friendly

road biking
6 months ago

The first 9 miles are suitable for road bikes as it's a paved pathway.

Top notch views, short but sweet!

7 months ago

Beautiful in November. So many hoodoos and arches you walk right past. Amazing vista is red rock and green mountains. Nice little side trip.

golden wall is the best trail in red canyon, steep tho

off road driving
8 months ago

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

Variety of changing landscapes with lots of opportunities for photos. It's deemed one of the best scenic drives in America for a reason - don't miss it!

Tourist trap, go when it’s raining! Although it’s really pretty during the sunset hours.

Nice trail with many beautiful views I will say one thing though that is worth noting. There is a part of the trail that says "Castle Bridge" I ran into several people myself Included that were confused about what "castle bridge" was and where it was located I was expecting it to be a flat top arch or a bridge arch but it's not, it's just a big dip In a wall of rocks, there is no arch or anything like that so hopefully this may help someone in he future.

Lots of options. Not super crowded. Bonus to take the pups out.

Exceptional MTB Trail. I would not recommend for inexperienced riders.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

This is a nice trail to the top of a hill where you can view both tunnels on highway 12. It climbs gradually and has benches for rest stops

Beautiful route with tons of photo opps. If you're visiting any of the area parks, you'll find yourself driving this route automatically!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Excellent short hike, this gem is an easy to overlook trail on the way to Bryce.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

awesome little catch. deserted, eye candy all around, and Jack rabbits and chipmunks running around. my son counted 19 arches!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beautiful views that don't stop. I highly recommend this trail. One of the most amazing in the area.

Just excellent scenery for a drive by but better for access to great hiking.

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