Casto Canyon

Panguitch, Utah 84759

Casto Canyon

Casto Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Casto Canyon Reviews

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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

Nearby City
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty
April to October
7,080 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,880 feet
Top Elevation
Dixie National Forest, Powell Ranger District, 435-676-8815
Local Contacts
USGS: Casto Canyon and Wilson Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018