Dixie National Forest Guide

Dixie National Forest is a land of thrilling contrasts situated in the heart of Southern Utah's most breathtaking places. Choose your own adventure — hike past fiery red-rock hoodoos, enjoy the cool breezes in evergreen forests, and explore stands of aspen that turn neon yellow every fall. If you have more time, head to the towering limestone canyons and check out the ancient bristlecone pines in the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness or paddle across Panguitch Lake. Snow blankets the upper elevations in the winter, bringing a chance to ski or snowmobile. Coming for a longer vacation? Visit the three national parks and two national monuments that sit on the edges of the forest for year-round adventure and some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Where to Camp

Camping in Dixie National Forest

With so many spectacular landscapes to experience in Dixie National Forest, RV camping is one of the best ways to visit. That way, you can sleep comfortably and wake up just steps from your next adventure. For an easy, hassle-free trip, consider an RV rental. With RVshare, you can choose a model from an owner near the forest to cut down on driving time and maximize fun.

RV Rentals Near Dixie National Forest

Shape Hiking Trails

Dixie National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Dixie National Forest

The Dixie National Forest trail network is the best place to see the plants, animals, and landscapes of southern Utah. The bristlecone pine is of particular interest to nature lovers; check it out on the Twisted Forest or Bristlecone Pine Trails. For some of the best nature views, explore the area around Honeycomb Rocks, Pine Valley Reservoir, and Death Hollow. Wildlife abounds in the forest — watch for cougar and bobcat tracks as you hike and keep your binoculars handy to spot the elusive golden eagles and blue grouse. If you're interested in geocaching, you'll find interesting sites near Bowers cave, Signal Peak, and Brian Head. 

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How to get to Dixie National Forest

Address: 1789 N Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, UT 84721

Fee: Entry fee $0

Whether you're looking for alpine lakes, sun-drenched red rocks, or cool pine forests, Dixie National Forest has you covered. A camping trip to this southern Utah gem brings adventure and relaxation in equal measure. To amp up the fun, bring an RV for the perfect camping trip any time of year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Dixie National Forest

What is the best time to visit Dixie National Forest?

The best time to visit Dixie National Forest is in the fall. The temperatures are usually still pleasant, but not too hot. Summer crowds have also disappeared, so you'll have more space to yourself as well.

What is the closest town to Dixie National Forest?

Panguitch, Utah is one of the closest towns to Dixie National Forest. Panguitch has plenty of restaurants, hotels, campgrounds, and stores where campers can stock up on anything they need for their trip.

What type of wildlife lives in Dixie National Forest?

Wildlife living in Dixie National Forest includes mountain lions, bobcats, rabbits, antelope, prairie dogs, and golden eagles. There are also bears in the forest. The forest is home to a variety of birds, other small animals, and reptiles as well.

Do you need a permit to fish or hunt in Dixie National Forest?

Yes, you need a permit to hunt in Dixie National Forest. If you are 12 or older, you also need a fishing license to fish in the forest.

Is there a limit to how long you can camp in Dixie National Forest?

Yes, there is a limit to how long you can camp in Dixie National Forest. Campers may stay in a designated campground for up to 14 days. Dispersed campers may stay for up to 16 days in a dispersed campsite. After 16 days, they must move at least 10 miles to a new campsite.