Casto Canyon Trail

Dixie National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain1,343ft
Trailhead Elevation7,078ft
Elevation Min/Max7078/8011ft
Elevation Start/End7078/7078ft

Casto Canyon Trail

Casto Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Garfield County, Utah. It is within Dixie National Forest. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 7,078 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,343 feet.

Casto Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and 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."

"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."

Casto Canyon Trail Reviews

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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.
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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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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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Trail Information

Dixie National Forest
Nearby City
Dixie National Forest
Powell Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, 435-676-8815
Local Contacts
Dixie National Forest visitor map, Powell, Escalante, and Teasdale Ranger districts
Local Maps

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Nov 2018