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Unique hike through stunning Bryce-like geological features.


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4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

Loop

7,852' 2,393 m

High

7,158' 2,182 m

Low

918' 280 m

Up

914' 279 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Geological Significance

Overview

This 4.2-mile loop guides you through unique hoodoos and serene ponderosa pine groves. With fewer crowds compared to nearby Bryce National Park, it's an excellent choice for a peaceful outing among similar geology. trail signs make the route straightforward to follow, but it still feels adventurous with narrow footpaths contouring wide-open slopes in remote canyons.

Need to Know

Storms tend to move in quickly, especially during the summer months. Be observant of incoming weather, as lightning can be extremely dangerous on sections of this trail. During the winter months, these trails can be extremely hard to navigate as they will be covered in snow.

Description

Start by parking at the Red Canyon Visitor Center, cross the road to the south, and follow the paved path down the canyon for a short distance before spotting an obvious trail on your left marked Golden Wall Trail. Follow the route across a wide wash before hiking through ponderosa pines and remarkable redrock hoodoos.

At 0.5 miles into the trail, there is a split. Stay on the Golden Wall Trail or take an alternate trail to your left. Both are great options and quickly reunite.

Continue on this trail for 2.9 miles until it intersects with Buckhorn Trail. An optional out-and-back to the left takes you to the top of Buckhorn Trail, offering nice views of the surrounding area.

Take a right at this intersection, following the trail through Red Canyon Campground to the paved trail that parallels the road. Follow this for another short distance down the canyon back to your vehicle.

Flora & Fauna

This area is home to resilient flora such as ponderosa pine and Utah juniper, along with vibrant wildflowers like Indian paintbrush. The park's wildlife includes mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, and a variety of smaller Mammals, while birdwatchers can enjoy sightings of golden eagles, turkey vultures and more.

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Marley Nelson

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View from the trail
Jan 15, 2022 near Panguitch, UT
This is the top part of the Buckhorn Trail. While not for those with acrophobia, it is not very dangerous for adults and well-behaved children. Only 10-20 yards have an actual cliff on one side.
Jul 5, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
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Jan 15, 2022 near Panguitch, UT
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Jan 15, 2022 near Panguitch, UT
View from the trail
Jan 15, 2022 near Panguitch, UT
View from the trail
Jan 15, 2022 near Panguitch, UT

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