Casto Canyon

Panguitch, Utah

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You’re not permitted to ride on the trails of Bryce Canyon National Park—but who cares, with trails like this in the vicinity? The 15.5-mile combination ride includes a 7-mile out-and-back (3.5 miles each way) linking up with a challenging 8.5-mile loop. The first (and last) 3.5 miles of the ride are along an absolutely buffed ATV/single-track trail. Aerobically the ride is moderate in difficulty, with approximately 1,500 feet of cumulative climbing involved. It’s also technically moderate, serving up some tricky descents over loose rock, along with a couple of miles of streambed riding and walking. You’ll want to watch your cyclocomputer distances particularly closely, because in places the route is easy to lose. General location: Approximately 6 miles southeast of Panguitch.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

You’re not permitted to ride on the trails of Bryce Canyon National Park—but who cares, with trails like this in the vicinity? The 15.5-mile combination ride includes a 7-mile out-and-back (3.5 miles each way) linking up with a challenging 8.5-mile loop. The first (and last) 3.5 miles of the ride are along an absolutely buffed ATV/single-track trail.

Aerobically the ride is moderate in difficulty, with approximately 1,500 feet of cumulative climbing involved. It’s also technically moderate, serving up some tricky descents over loose rock, along with a couple of miles of streambed riding and walking. You’ll want to watch your cyclocomputer distances particularly closely, because in places the route is easy to lose. General location: Approximately 6 miles southeast of Panguitch.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Panguitch
Distance: 15.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: May through October
Local Contacts: Powell Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, 435-676-8815
Local Maps: Dixie National Forest visitor map, Powell, Escalante, and Teasdale Ranger districts
Driving Directions: Directions to Casto Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

5/18/2007
0

Ride up Casto Canyon, then follow the ATV road up to Fremont road. Then follow indications to Losee Canyon, getting down on one of the best singletrack ever. Total 22 miles, but the Losee Canyon downhill is really worst it.


9/11/2001
0

An awesome trail! Very, very scenic (be sure to take a camera). Some areas of challenging terrain, with some great short, steep climbs. The coolest thing about this trail is knowing you briefly touch the same path that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used to escape the law. Now THAT is cool! Overall, Casto Canyon was my second favorite trail in Utah with Goosebery Mesa being my favorite. There is also a small diner down the road from where you enter the trailhead that serves great pasta...think about it, an excellent ride with friends folllowed with a killer pasta dinner. Now it doesn't get any better than that! Make the trip, you'll love it!



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