The Dixie National Forest, with headquarters in Cedar City, Utah, occupies almost two million acres and stretches for about 170 miles across southern Utah. The largest National Forest in Utah, it straddles the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado River.
Elevations vary from 2,800 feet near St. George, Utah to 11,322 feet at Blue Bell Knoll on Boulder Mountain. The southern rim of the Great Basin, near the Colorado River, provides spectacular scenery. Colorado River canyons are made up of many-colored cliffs and steep-walled gorges.
Hiking in Cedar Breaks National Monument is the only way to truly appreciate its grandeur. Be advised, Cedar Breaks is at a relatively high elevation with many of the easily accessible areas of the park at or above 10,000 feet above sea level. Listed below are several short hikes that showcase the park's features.
Hiking in Bryce Canyon ranges from easy hikes of less than 1 mile with moderate grades to strenuous hikes with steep grades and multiple evelvation changes that can take even the most seasoned hiker all day to complete. Bryce Canyon even offers back country hiking with over night camping in a wilderness environment. Bryce Canyon is a moderate 90 minute drive from Willow Glen making for a convenient day trip. Listed below are some popular hiking trails in Bryce Canyon.
The BLM manages nearly 23 millions acres of public lands in Utah, representing about 42 percent of the state. These lands are located mostly in western and southeastern Utah. The terrain is varied, ranging from rolling uplands in the Uintah Basin to sprawling lowlands in the Mojave Desert. Utah's public lands feature some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, from the snow-capped peaks of remote mountain ranges to the colorful red-rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau.
One of the best ways to experience the desert terrain of Southwestern Utah is on one of the many trails managed by the Cedar City and St. George Field Offices. Many of the trails are open to multiple users, including hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, but some are restricted to hikers only.
Southern Utah provides numerous hiking opportunities through some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. There is something for almost everyone from short, leg stretchers on well maintained paved paths to true wilderness adventures and everything in between. Dixie National Forest offers alpine trails of easy to moderate difficulty, the National Parks offer a range of hiking experiences both guided and not (pictured at left is "Wallstreet" in Bryce Canyon National Park) and some local communities offer more leisurely hiking options. Follow the links below for detailed descriptions and directions to some of the most popular hiking trails within easy driving distance of Willow Glen.
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