From the Native Americans who traveled the canyons, to people like J.W. Humphry who constructed the tunnels, Red Canyon on the Dixie National Forest has fascinated people for centuries. Unique vermilion-colored rock formation and stands of Ponderosa pines make the canyon exceptionally scenic. Take time to discover all that Red Canyon has to offer.
The first stop when touring Highway 12 is the Scenic Byway Information Kiosk located at the mouth of Red Canyon. This information pavilion provides an overview of the entire byway and highlights significant features.
The Red Canyon Visitor Center, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, has information on hiking, camping, picnicking, and sightseeing. A U.S. Forest Service campground is across the road from the visitor center.
For a closer look at the unique scenery, Red Canyon features an extensive and well-maintained trail system that provides something for everyone. The Birdseye Trail is a moderate .8-mile hike offering spectacular close-up views of the red rock formations. The 3-mile Losee Canyon Trail provides a more rugged look at some of the Red Canyon area “crown jewels”. Off-highway vehicle (OHV) use is allowed on the Casto Canyon Trail. Please check with the visitor center for trail use.
The Red Canyon Trailhead Kiosk, located a short drive east of the visitor center, accesses five different trails with are open to hiking, biking and horses. Less-traveled trails provide a chance to get away from the crowds and see areas saturated with geologic treasures.
Trails in Red Canyon are open year round. When snow-covered some of the trails are perfect for touring on cross-country skis or snowshoes.
Services are available at the junction of Highways 12 and 89, in the nearby towns of Panguitch and Hatch on U.S. 89, and 15 minutes east on Highway 12.(*)