Red Canyon Visitor Center

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The Red Canyon Visitor Center is located just off Highway 12 enroute to Bryce Canyon National Park amid the spectacular red sandstone spires and formations. This area has been called the "most photographed place in Utah". It is easy to see why, with the brilliant red soil contrasted with the green pines.  Offered for sale are a variety of gifts, souveniers, maps, books, tapes, and Smokey Bear collectables. Other offerings include brochures, and trail information. The Red Canyon Trail System is widely known and very popular. Nearby trails include Pink LedgesHoodooBirdseye and Golden wall. For mountain bike riding there is Thunder Mountain and Red Canyon Bicycle trail that is also used for road bikes.  There are miles of ATV trails as well as paved bicycle trails. There are many trails open to foot traffic, as well as bicycle, horse and ATV. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a map and guidelines as to the type of traffic each trail allows. Seasonal displays show the area's flowers, birds, trees and geology. There are permanent displays of area features as well. There are nature hikes, star viewing, and photography opportunities.  Telephone Number: 435-676-2676

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Will be closing for the 2023 season on October 15th.
Operational Hours: Friday - Monday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Closest Towns: Panguitch, Utah
Water: Potable water available
Restroom: Flush toilets available
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Red Canyon Visitor Center (435) 676-2676

General Information

Directions: Approximately 7 miles from Panguitch,Utah on Highway 89, turn east onto Highway 12. From the junction it is approximately 3.5 miles to the Visitor Center, which is located near the Red Canyon Campground. Bryce Canyon National Park is a quick 13 miles away.

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