Casto Canyon

Panguitch, Utah

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Bryce Canyon National Park is not a canyon at all but coalescing amphitheaters of salmon-colored cliffs that break sharply from the rim of the forested Paunsagunt Plateau. The Paiute Indians called it “Unka-timpe-wa-wince-pockitch,” which translates to “red rocks standing like men in a bowl.” If only mountain bikes were allowed on Bryce Canyon’s trails, what a dream ride it would be. But attempt that sort of stunt and you’ll be counting bricks lining your cell inside the town poky. There is an alternative: Casto Canyon. Casto is a miniature version of the nearby national park and it beckons fat tires. Casto boasts much of the phantasmagoria of Bryce Canyon, and all can be seen from a playful trail. Tread: 3.6 miles of ATV trail and 1.8 miles of primitive singletrack.
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Bryce Canyon National Park is not a canyon at all but coalescing amphitheaters of salmon-colored cliffs that break sharply from the rim of the forested Paunsagunt Plateau. The Paiute Indians called it “Unka-timpe-wa-wince-pockitch,” which translates to “red rocks standing like men in a bowl.”

If only mountain bikes were allowed on Bryce Canyon’s trails, what a dream ride it would be. But attempt that sort of stunt and you’ll be counting bricks lining your cell inside the town poky. There is an alternative: Casto Canyon. Casto is a miniature version of the nearby national park and it beckons fat tires. Casto boasts much of the phantasmagoria of Bryce Canyon, and all can be seen from a playful trail. Tread: 3.6 miles of ATV trail and 1.8 miles of primitive singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Panguitch
Distance: 10.8
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Season: April to October
Trailhead Elevation: 7,080 feet
Top Elevation: 7,880 feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest, Powell Ranger District, 435-676-8815
Local Maps: USGS: Casto Canyon and Wilson Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Casto Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

9/1/1999
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Depending where you start, there's a bit of 4x4 road riding through sage brush. Some good climbs leading to the descent into Casto Canyon. Trail gets technical at times during the endless river bed crossings. Very little trail traffic, if any. Great colors and formations in the canyon.



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