Dixie National Forest

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Dixie National Forest: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bryce Canyon: Horseback Ride in the Dixie National Forest

1. Bryce Canyon: Horseback Ride in the Dixie National Forest

Take a gentle horse ride through the Dixie National Forest to the north rim of Bryce Canyon. Enjoy the majestic natural formation of Bryce Amphitheater and admire the stunning landscapes. Discover the incredible Bryce Canyon National Park on horseback on a 1.5-hour riding tour. From beginner to expert, this scenic ride is perfect for all skill levels. Start your horseback riding adventure in the city of Bryce Canyon and follow your expert guide as they lead you through the beautiful Dixie National Forest to the canyon's northern rim. Pass 1,500-year-old bristlecone pine trees, one of the most ancient life forms on Earth. See the impressive formations at Boat Mesa and Sinking Ship Peak and admire incredible views of the famous Bryce Amphitheater. Return to your original starting point at the end of your tour with unforgettable memories.

From Salt Lake City: Private Bryce Canyon National Park Tour

2. From Salt Lake City: Private Bryce Canyon National Park Tour

Depart from your preferred location in the greater Salt Lake City area. A 3.5-hour drive in a luxury SUV will take you to Bryce Canyon National Park. After a picnic lunch, your guide will show you the best of what Bryce Canyon has to offer according to your interests and activity level. Once inside Bryce Canyon National Park you will be surrounded by the tall pine trees of Dixie National Forest. You will never forget your first view of Bryce Canyon because it happens in an instant. In one moment you are among the trees of the forest and then suddenly you are staring down into a forest of stone pillars. During your time in the park you guide will discuss how nature is both creating and destroying the hoodoos. Your guide will also point out evidence of lightning strikes and why they are so prevalent in this area. On the tour you will also see the landmarks of Thor's Hammer, Natural Bridge, Sunset Point, and Bryce Point. An optional hike will follow the Navajo Loop and the Queens Garden trail. On the return trip to Salt Lake City you will stop at your choice of several highly-recommended local restaurants for dinner, and then be transferred back to the Salt Lake City area by 10:00 PM.

Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante Self-Guided Driving Tour

3. Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante Self-Guided Driving Tour

Explore the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on a self-guided tour. Follow the app's directions and learn about the area's history, geology, flora, fauna, and tribal legends. Download the app and start your adventure into the stunning Utah landscape near the Red Canyon Visitor Center, perched high up on the rocky cliffs of Flaming Gorge. Admire the views of the vast Red Canyon, carved by the Green River many eons ago. Next, pass by Bryce Canyon National Park and get a crash course in geology. Then, reach the staircase itself, and get an insight into the ancient Fremont, Puebloans, and the Paiute who once called this land home. Leap back in time another 75 million years and learn why the staircase is so rich in dinosaur fossils. Drive to the next stop at the breathtaking Powell Point vista, where you can see the land unfurl for miles and miles in front of you. Continue into the Escalante Petrified Forest, another geological time machine, before heading to Spooky Gulch, a particularly narrow and winding crevasse that is ideal for hiking. Then, make your way to Upper Calf Creek Falls before following the famous Hogback, a dramatic, winding roadway with stunning views off to both sides. Sail through the tiny town of Boulder to Dixie National Forest. Take in the unique Heritage Overlook and Homestead Overlook. Marvel at the panoramic views of the whole landscape of Dixie Forest and the Grand Staircase. End your tour at Capitol Reef, where you will learn about wildfires.

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What people are saying about Dixie National Forest

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 46 reviews

We arrived right on time, whereas I thought we would be riding horses, I was assigned a mule, which was initially upsetting because I’ve never ridden a horse, but has been assigned a mule twice, we had an excellent time! The path was flooded in. Forests and then opens to greats canyons, which were amazing! DO THIS TOUR!

Our guide was very helpful and helpful. My wife and I are in our 60s and she was particularly concerned. He was very attentive to her needs. I learned some good history and enjoyed his personal input on life.

It was a nice, easy trip. Staff were great, horses were easy going and well trained. The terrain was beautiful. A highlight of our canyon visit.

It's was very well organized and the guide explained the ride well, my granddaughters enjoyed the rides and the horses were great.

We had a lovely day. The horses were very cooperative and sure footed. The trail was easy and enjoyable.