Sunset Cliffs

Panguitch, Utah 84759

Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
late April through October
7,835 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,250 feet
Top Elevation
Dixie National Forest, Powell Ranger District, 435-676-8815
Local Contacts
USGS: Tropic Reservoir
Local Maps