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“Varied Terrain and Gorgeous Views”

Dixie National Forest
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Full-Day Tour to Zion National Park from Las Vegas
Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in Cedar City
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Owner description: A two-million acre national forest replete with natural wonders, "The Dixie" has deep canyons, fascinating rock formations, mountains, lakes and towering ponderosa pines. Visitors can hike, fish, camp or simply immerse themselves in the natural beauty.
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Running west to east across southern Utah from (roughly) Cedar City to Boulder, the Dixie National Forest covers a huge area that includes lava flows, rock formations of varying hues, wind-eroded ampitheaters, pine forests, and even alpine meadows and small mountain lakes. Much of it lies along Utah Route 12, which is one of the most scenic highways in the western U.S. From Red Canyon to Escalante, most of Route 12 runs through arid terrain with spectacular rock formations. But then the road begins to climb up Boulder Mountain topping out above 9,000 feet, where the Dixie National Forest again earns its name. The previous desert-like terrain gives way to forests of pine, spruce, and aspen -- with occasional meadows blanketed with wild flowers. Ranchers graze cattle in these forests and meadows; and there are no fences, so be careful: cattle crossing the highway is commonplace!

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Heading toward Bryce Canyon from Cedar Breaks on Hwy 12, we passed through a particularly beautiful area called Red Canyon.Brilliant red rock with spires and hoodoos guarding the highway. This as an unexpected surprise. There is a visitor center.

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

A place of diversity, the Dixie National Forest straddles the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado River in Southern Utah. Scenery ranges from desert canyon gorges of amber, rose, and sienna, to high mountain forests, plateaus and alpine lakes. A veritable treasure chest of geological features to explore and enjoy. A region characterised by contrast, distinctive, natural, and along highways or trails.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

If you are on Highway #14 eastward from Cedar City you are headed toward Cedar Breaks National Monument. You will drive through a beautiful winding road next to a river. The forest is White Fir, Aspen and Pine. You can continue on to Red Canyon on Highway #12 and on to Bryce Canyon National Park. Don't miss the chance to see this landscape.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

While headquartered in Cedar City, Dixie National Forest is very large stretching from nearly the Utah-Nevada state line to Capitol Reef National Park and borders or surrounds Zion, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Red Canyon, the Grand Staircase Escalante, several UT state parks as well as Capitol Reef. If you are travelling to any of these locations, you will undoubtedly travel through the forest. Two of the highlights for us that are readily accessible via scenic UT 12 were Red Canyon on the eastern end of this road and Boulder Mountain on the western end. However, there is much more with many recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, climbing, ATV trails…too much to cover in detail here so visit the national forest website or one of the regional visitor centers in Cedar City, Escalante, Panguitch, St. George, or Teasdale.

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