Trail Area

Dixie National Forest

About This Area

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Dixie National Forest is the largest national forest in Utah  spanning 170 miles across the state, straddling the I-15 just above St. George and around Cedar City.

This area has a number of beautiful hidden gems where you find empty parking lots on days where Zion National Park is crowded with people.

Some of the highlights in this area include Yant Flats, Red Cliffs and Babylon Arch. There are dinosaur tracks, petroglyphs and ruins throughout the region.

Area Features

Rangers No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Nearby convenience store No
Trash Disposal Yes

Trail Area Highlights

There are a number of low trafficked hikes throughout this National Forest. If you want to stay away from crowds, this is the area.

The terrain is very diverse from slot canyons to high altitude ponderosa pine. This is also where you can find the tallest peak in the region, Signal Mountain, rising up over 10,000 feet.

Trail Contributor

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Shanti Hodges is the Founder of Hike it Baby. Shanti started the organization in Portland, OR in 2013 so she could find friends to hike with. It quickly caught on locally and people started contacting her to help develop hike communities that were baby and toddler focused in other cities. To further support her mission to get families outside, Shanti wrote a book “Hike it Baby: 100 Awesome Outdoor Adventures with Babies and Toddlers.” She is committed to getting local and national parks to be more aware of how they can better support families with babies and newly walking children. Shanti lives in Southern Utah with her husband and son. In her spare time she’s a hike guide and hosts women’s hike retreats