Recreation Trails of Iron County

Recreation Trails

Hiking in Southern Utah is a great way to explore the region and experience the beautiful scenery. You can find everything from arches and waterfalls to ancient forests, narrow canyons, and majestic overlooks. Trails range from easy walks to challenging overnight excursions. Get out there and explore!

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*NOTE: Some hikes are at high elevations and may not be suitable for individuals with pulmonary problems. Hike at your own risk.

Cedar City Mountain Biking Trails 

Click here for the Cedar City Mountain Bike Trail Map including Iron Hills Trail System, Three Peaks Mountain Bike Trail System & Thunderbird Canyons Trail System.

Available trails: Iron Hills Trail System, Three Peaks Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trail System, Nearby Forest Service Trails, Brian Head Trails, Chairlift Accessed Trails and Bike Shuttle Accessed Trails

Iron Hills Trail System provides multiple riding experiences from beginner to advanced. This trail system provides two shuttle options for those who like to ride downhill. You can shuttle to the Greens Lake Trailhead or the “C” Overlook Trailhead.

Gravel Rides

Find local gravel roads for biking, gravel grinding, exploration, and more. Get off the pavement and onto fun as you escape the hustle and bustle of cities without going too deep into the wild. It is all about the solace and scenery without the hum of an engine.

Find local gravel roads for biking, gravel grinding, exploration, and more. Get off the pavement and onto fun as you escape the hustle and bustle of cities without going too deep into the wild. It is all about the solace and scenery without the hum of an engine.

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Located near the 13th Hole of the Cedar City Golf Course in the Thunderbird Gardens Trail System, this trail is a multi-use trail for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running. The trailhead has a kiosk, bathroom, and paved parking area. The trail has great views of red rocks.

A picturesque walking trail, located in Cedar Breaks National Monument, leads to a surreal alpine pond. Perfect in the summer to view wildlife and wildflowers. Early in the season this trail may have drifts of snow or be muddy. This loop trail forms a figure-eight through forest…

This short but scenic trail ends at Aspen Mirror Lake within the Dixie National Forest. Surrounded by Aspens, it is a spectacular fall destination and is a great hike for families. Aspen Mirror Lake is a popular spot for fishing. The trailhead is located at the end of Forest…

The Big Hole Loop is a unique, intermediate ride that takes you by the old iron ore mines. The route has about 500 feet of climbing and gives the rider a bit of a thrill riding on the edge of an iron mine pit. It is worth a ride to at least check out the old iron mines.

The trail follows power-line and ridge spine through a mixed conifer stand, then drops sharply, eventually entering a stand of Bristlecone pine and red ridge looking into Cedar Breaks National Monument and Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area. View includes a spectacular look at the red…

This paved trail follows Hwy 143 through the forest and wildflower meadows of Brian Head. There are trailheads at several points throughout town including Brian Head Resort and George’s Ski Shop. This trail is popular with bikers as well so be aware as you walk.

An easy trail that is great for families. Enjoy views of Zion National Park from an observation deck as you wander among a grove of ancient Bristlecone Pines. The trailhead is located along Hwy 14 near mile marker 17.

Steep grade down the face of Cedar Mountain. Beautiful views of the Cedar City valley. Fall is the best due to the fabulous fall colors. Can be hiked, but primarily used as downhill mountain bike trail. The trailhead is located up Right Hand Canyon Road off Hwy 14 east of Cedar…

This trail offers spectacular views of Zion National Park and the Markagunt Plateau, ending at cascading falls from an underground lava tube. Portions of the trail are steep and water may be present on the trail surface. From the Duck Creek Visitor Center follow the signs along…

Following Cedar City’s Coal Creek, this gently rolling paved trail leads to a pair of bridges and waterfalls in Cedar Canyon that are surrounded by views of the area’s famous red rocks. The trailhead is located in the Ann J. Gardner Canyon Park at 151 S 400 E, Cedar…

This paved path leads from the East side of Cedar City to the West. Crossing under both Hwy 14 and Main Street, the trail follows Coal Creek from the Ann J. Gardner Canyon Park to Bicentennial Park. Along the way you’ll pass the Veterans Memorial park, the Cedar City…

Our easiest single-track option. This mellow trail takes the scenic route down the mountain, with beginner flow sections and beginner-level single track. All jumps are rollable and easily bypassed. Use to find the Peak Access backcountry exit point to Bunker Creek and the Vista…

Nestled at the base of a canyon on the south end of town, this trail meanders among Juniper and Pinion Pine and is a perfect stroll after a bite to eat from the numerous local restaurants close by. The trailhead is located on Cross Hollow Road near the Silver Silo Bakery.

This paved path leads from the center of Cedar City to the south end of town. Located at the base of Cedar Mountain, the trail leads through the foothills and then through sleepy neighborhoods to Old Hwy 91. The trail also passes the bottom end of the C-Trail. Be aware that the…

A moderate to strenuous water hike that requires you to hike along and through the stream all the way up the canyon. Due to the uneven terrain, hiking poles and good grippy water shoes are recommended. Dogs are not allowed. Permits are required and are limited to 150 people per…

 See one of the worlds largest free standing arches, Kolob Arch, along LaVerkin Creek. This trail is rated strenuous and is for experienced hikers. Overnight camping requires a backcountry permit.

Ascending to the rim of the Markagunt Plateau, you are treated with some bumpy, heart-pounding descents that will bring you to a double-track road. From here you will cross over the road, picking the single track back up in a forested meadow. You will see signs for the Left Fork…

Mountain Biking - Lichen It Trail - Cedar City, UT Marc Piscotty © 2017

Easy trail that meanders its way up the hill. Turn around once you have reached the Upper Lava Flow trail. Please be aware this is a popular trail among mountain bikers; use caution around corners.

This blue line contains berms, jumps, tables, and beginner step-up. All features are rollable with no mandatory jumps or drops. Use this trail to find the trailhead for Wildflower and connect with LilÕ Gritty, Z-Line Connector, Lower Glitter, TankÕs Track…

This trail is a high-altitude combination of single- and double-track will invigorate as you ride through alpine meadows and aspen forests. Overall, the loop has about 1400 feet of vertical climbing. The trailhead is located near the end of Brian Head Peak Road.

The trail traverses along manzanita covered hillside through spruce and aspen stands to provide beautiful vistas of Brian Head and Parowan Canyon. Trail loops back around on dirt county roads. Trailhead from Hwy 143 at the North end of Brian Head, head West on Aspen Drive to…

This trail splits off early from the Color Country trail. After crossing UT Hwy 143, you will enjoy open meadows before ascending through the forest overlooking Ashdown Gorge and Cedar Breaks National Monument behind Lightning Point Mountain. Drop into the Upper Bear Flat…

This trail is unpaved and connects the Point Supreme Campground with the Sunset Trail near Point Supreme. This path is great for viewing birds and park wildlife. It is also a great way to get away from crowds.

A moderate 8.6 mile loop around the beautiful Navajo Lake near Duck Creek Village. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking. There are two official trailheads, one located at the east end of the lake the other on the west. Completing the entire loop is…

The Navajo Point Loop receives an advanced rating because you ascend 600 vertical feet on a dirt road, over the course of one mile. The remaining portion of the trail is intermediate. Offering one of the most scenic overlooks in the area, the climb is worth it. Following the…

This trail is a steep and steady climb that rewards hikers with spectacular view of the Vermillion Castle, other canyon rock formations, and surrounding hills. Hiking poles are recommended due to areas of loose gravel.

This leisurely stroll on a paved path loops around the incredible Park Discovery kids park. Particularly good at sunset, the loop offers views of Cedar Mountain and the south side of Cedar City. The trail and park are located at 2077 W Royal Hunte Dr, Cedar City.

The South Rim Trail offers spectacular views in all directions. The Spectra Point Viewpoint is located at the one-mile mark, the Ramparts Viewpoint is located at the two-mile mark, and The Bartzen Viewpoint is located at the 2.5-mile mark. The trail begins at 10,500ft and follows…

A beginner slot canyon, follow the old jeep trail through meadows into a narrow canyon. Turn around as the trail becomes difficult to pass without equipment. Located at the south end of Kanarraville.

This accessible paved trail runs between the Point Supreme Overlook and Sunset View Overlook. The park picnic area is located at the halfway point of this trail near the campground. Built to offer all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy a walk in the woods and avoid steep…

The trail follows the middle fork of Taylor Creek in Kolob Canyons; winding past two homestead cabins ending at the Double Arch Alcove. The trail does cross the creek at several points. The trail is accessible year-round if the scenic drive is open.

Some steep climbs and switchbacks through fabulous red-rock country to a stunning view of Cedar City and unique rock outcroppings. This trail is dog friendly and also popular with mountain bikers. The trailhead is located in Thunderbird Gardens on 900 N (behind Cedar Ridge Golf…

*Due to a recent rock fall Kolob Canyons Road is closed to vehicle traffic beyond the Taylor Creek South Fork parking lot. For information and updates visit nps.gov/zion Perfect for an afternoon walk, the trail follows the ridge to a small peak, offering views of Timber Creek…

A hillside trail on the south end of Cedar City. The trail has both minor climbs and descents passing through the foothills. Portions of the trail are exposed to the sun later in the morning and throughout the day.

Featuring a labyrinth of Bristlecone Pines and a unique view of Cedar Breaks, this is a high elevation hike with a sheer drop-off at the end. From the trailhead there is a brief downhill followed by a steady climb that is absolutely worth it! The trailhead is located on Summit…

This hike is very steep. The elevation change is approx. 2,000 feet and can be challenging. Trail provides stunning views of the Parowan Valley as it winds up to the peak and back. Begin the hike at the Parowan Cemetery (834 Canyon Road).

 Trail switchbacks up through the red rock formations (referred to as hoodoos) to a large rock platform with scenic views into a deep canyon and the Noah’s Ark formation.

The trail can be accessed at several points (Deer Haven, Navajo Lake, Cascade Falls, and Strawberry Point) to customize the distance. Hikers can hike a mile or all 32 miles. This hike offers beautiful views of the Virgin River Rim and the northern terrace of Zion National Park…