Cedar Mountain, Utah

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Cedar Mountain

Cedar Mountain Utah is one of the highest points in Dixie National Forest at 9,200 feet and is known for its vibrant fall color, lush forests and spectacular Red Canyon.

  • Cedar Mountain can be reached along Hwy 14 east from Cedar City
  • It is one of the highest points in Dixie National Forest at 9,200 feet
  • Many hiking trails around Cedar Mountain start on the canyon floor of Red Canyon
  • Red Canyon Campground has 35 sites and is open May to October at $11 

Overview

Cedar Mountain UT is one of the most popular areas within Dixie National Forest known for its amazing natural beauty, vibrant foliage and rocky landscape. Bristlecone Pines, one of the oldest living things on earth, flourish on Cedar Mountain and can be up to 4,500 years old.

Location and Information

Cedar Mountain can be reached along Hwy 14 east from Cedar City and along Hwy 89 south of Panguitch. Contact the Red Canyon Visitor Center at 435-676-8815.

Hiking

There are many hiking trails around Cedar Mtn.

  • Cascade Falls Trail
    Easy family hike
    Trailhead at Navajo Lake
    Small elevation change
    Leads to Cascade Falls
  • Birds Eye Trail
    0.8 mile
    Moderate
    Starts at the Red Canyon Visitor Center
    Close up views of red rock formations
  • Losee Canyon trail (Hiking, biking and horses)
    3 mile
    Moderate
    Trailhead at the bottom of Losee Canyon
    Connects with Cassidy Trail
  • Arches Trail
    0.7 mile
    Moderate
    Family hike
    See 15 natural arches
  • Pink Ledges Trail
    1 mile
    Moderate
    Starts at Visitor Center
    At the junction one path returns to the parking lot; the other goes to Ambush Rock

Mountain Bike Trails

  • Red Canyon Bicycle Trail
    5 miles
    From Thunder Mountain Trailhead to Coyote Hollow Road
    No charge
    Elevation 7,200 to 8,000 feet
  • Losee Canyon Trail (Hiking and horses)
    2.9 miles
    Moderate
    Starts at bottom of Losee Canyon
    Connects with Cassidy Trail
  • Cassidy Trail (Hiking and horses)
    8.9 miles
    Strenuous
    Once used by Butch Cassidy to evade the law
  • Thunder Mountain Trail (Hiking and horses)
    7.8 miles
    Moderate-strenuous
    Outstanding red rock views
  • Casto Canyon Trail (Hiking and horses)
    5.5 miles
    Moderate-strenuous
    Spectacular scenery

ATV Trails

  • Casto Canyon Trail
    Loop
    Elevation gain 950 feet
    Starts at Red Canyon on Forest Service Road 118
    Cross Sevier River by bridge and go 4 miles to trail
    After a further 4 miles at a junction take the south path to Losee Canyon
    See 15 natural arches
  • Barney Cove Trail
    Open to ATVs, this 1.9 mile moderate trail is used primarily to connect Casto Canyon Trail and the Fremont ATV trails.

Campgrounds

  • Red Canyon Campground
    35 sites with some RV pull throughs
    Open May 1 to October 1
    $11 per night
    Flush toilets
    Tables, grills, showers

Fishing

Duck Creek and Duck Creek Pond are well stocked and provide good trout fishing.

Scenic Drive

Drive along Hwy 14 in the fall and see the spectacular color of the aspens in bright reds and golds.