The Cedar City Ranger District is located on the Markagunt Plateau, a gently sloping, eastward tilted earth block that has been modified by erosion, volcanism, and some glaciations. Bordered by the beautiful pink limestone of the Wasatch formation (the same formation that forms the spires and landscape of Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument), the District has some of the more spectacular scenery in the west. This panoramic tapestry becomes even more spectacular during the splendor of autumn's colors.
The Escalante Ranger district is known for its high mountain lakes and large stands of aspen trees. The majority of the district is located on high timbered plateaus with rolling hills and open meadows.
The Pine Valley Ranger District is known for its distinctive vegetation, ranging from Pinyon/Juniper to Engelmann Spruce forests. It is also known for its most prominent feature, the Pine Valley laccolith. The laccolith, which is an intrusive rock outcrop, is the largest of its kind in the United States. The laccolith makes up the Pine Valley Mountains which are a federally designated wilderness area. The unique geologic features of the district provide for some great recreation opportunities.
The Powell Ranger District encompasses nearly 400,000 acres of high plateau county, with distinctive vegetation and geological features. The Red Canyon area of the district offers many unique hiking experiences with spectacular views. The pink limestone Claon formations that characterize nearby Bryce Canyon National Park form the hoodoos and canyons here, giving it the nickname "Little Bryce". Most trailheads in the area are easily accessible from Utah Highway 12, a Scenic byway and All American Road.