Forests, ranger districts in Southern Utah burst with color; camping, recreation options

Autumn in the Dixie National Forest, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy Dixie National Forest, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — Color is exploding in the Dixie National Forest as seasonal changes become evident, and shades of autumn hues are everywhere, turning the aspen leaves shades of red, orange and yellow.

Autumn in the Dixie National Forest, Cedar City, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy Dixie National Forest, St. George News
Autumn in the Dixie National Forest, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy Dixie National Forest, St. George News

Autumn brings changes to the type of recreation and use of the forest as well. Orange-clad hunters are practicing the upcoming search for the prize deer. Families are fishing, riding all-terrain vehicles and hiking. Livestock is being moved off the forest areas after a summer of grazing.

Snow is getting ready to fall. Preparations are being made at Brian Head, Deer Hollow and the miles of groomed snowmobile trails in forests in Southern Utah.

“With school fall breaks and hunting season, October is a great time to get out on the Dixie,” Dixie National Forest Supervisor Angelita Bulletts said. “Plan to stay another day and take the time to celebrate traditions, heritage and reconnect with family on the Dixie National Forest.”

The latest updates for camping and recreation areas in the Dixie National Forest:

  • Pine Valley Ranger District
    • Honey Comb Rocks campground is closed for the season
  • Pine Valley Recreation Area
    • The Pine Valley Equestrian Campground and Mitt Moody Campground loop remain open with reduced services and half price rates until November 15th or until gates close dependent on weather
    • Pine Valley Reservoir access and the Guard Station rental cabin are open until gates close dependent on weather
    • Oak Grove campground is open until gates close dependent on weather
    • Pine Valley Heritage Information Center is closed for the season

      Autumn in the Dixie National Forest, Cedar City, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy Dixie National Forest, St. George News
      Autumn in the Dixie National Forest, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy Dixie National Forest, St. George News
  • Cedar City Ranger District
    • Cedar Canyon campground is open with reduced services
    • Deer Haven campground is closed for the season
    • Duck Creek loop A is open with reduced services until the gate is closed dependent upon weather
    • Yankee Meadow Campground is closed for the season
    • Panguitch Lakes North and South are closed for the season
    • White Bridge campground-5 sites remain open with reduced services
  • Navajo Basin
    • Spruces and Te-Ah campgrounds are closed; the upper Navajo Lake campground loop is closed while the lower loop remains open with reduced services until the gate is closed dependent on weather
    • Duck Creek Visitor Center is closed for the season
  • Powell Ranger District
    • Red Canyon campground is open until October 18th
    • Coyote Hollow campground is open with no services
    • King Creek lower campground is open with reduced services
    • Red Canyon Visitor Center is open Tuesday thru Sunday 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The visitor center will close for the winter on October 24th.

      Autumn in the Dixie National Forest, Cedar City, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy Dixie National Forest, St. George News
      Autumn in the Dixie National Forest, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy Dixie National Forest, St. George News
  • Escalante Ranger District
    • All campgrounds on the Escalante Ranger District are open with reduced services
    • The Escalante Interagency Visitor Center is open 7 days a week 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

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