Dixie National Forest is the largest forest in Utah, stretching 170 miles and enclosing more than two million acres. The forest has several distinct botanical divisions. At high elevations, large pine and aspen grow in the cool mountain air. Lower down, juniper and pinion pines begin to merge with the desert landscape. In the southern, and least elevated, parts of Dixie, incredible sandstone formations are dotted with scrub and brush.
The recreational opportunities change with the land as well. For the day hiker and backpacker, Dixie National Forest tenders a wealth of trails. Here is a list of our top five favorites, in all parts of the Escalante District of Dixie.