Sunset Cliffs

Panguitch, Utah

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It would be a grave injustice if you did not visit Bryce Canyon National Park while you’re in this area, for it is truly a remarkable sight to behold. But after scrounging for a parking space, sightseeing from fenced-in viewpoints, and hiking with the masses, you can find solitude by mountain biking in the adjacent Dixie National Forest. This loop takes you from the fertile East Fork Sevier River Valley to Bryce Canyon’s alter ego—the Sunset Cliffs—on the west rim of the Paunsagunt Plateau. Here, too, water and wind have exposed the flesh of the Pink Cliffs and created a blazing frieze on the rim of the forested plateau. So pack along a flashlight or ride like mad with what little daylight remains if you plan to hold your ground until the burning orb drops below the horizon. Bring a fishing pole, too, because trout are always biting at Tropic Reservoir. Tread: Hard packed dirt and pebbly doubletracks and light duty dirt roads.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

It would be a grave injustice if you did not visit Bryce Canyon National Park while you’re in this area, for it is truly a remarkable sight to behold. But after scrounging for a parking space, sightseeing from fenced-in viewpoints, and hiking with the masses, you can find solitude by mountain biking in the adjacent Dixie National Forest.

This loop takes you from the fertile East Fork Sevier River Valley to Bryce Canyon’s alter ego—the Sunset Cliffs—on the west rim of the Paunsagunt Plateau. Here, too, water and wind have exposed the flesh of the Pink Cliffs and created a blazing frieze on the rim of the forested plateau. So pack along a flashlight or ride like mad with what little daylight remains if you plan to hold your ground until the burning orb drops below the horizon. Bring a fishing pole, too, because trout are always biting at Tropic Reservoir. Tread: Hard packed dirt and pebbly doubletracks and light duty dirt roads.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Panguitch
Distance: 17.5
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: late April through October
Trailhead Elevation: 7,835 feet
Top Elevation: 9,250 feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest, Powell Ranger District, 435-676-8815
Local Maps: USGS: Tropic Reservoir
Driving Directions: Directions to Sunset Cliffs

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