The Little Hole Trail is a 14-mile out and back trail near Dutch John, Utah. This trail has such breathtaking scenery that it was designated a National Scenic Trail not long after it was created. It's a moderately difficult trail that is open to hikers who bring their four-legged companions along, but pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
This trail is part of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and Reservoir. In addition to hiking, there are opportunities for camping, houseboating, water skiing, and all sorts of other summer activities.
Most visitors begin the hike from the Flaming Gorge Dam, and the first seven-mile stretch can be hiked or tubed down along the water. This part of the trail is referred to as the "A" stretch, and many visitors choose just to complete this first area. This route is best if you're hiking in the afternoon because the sun will be at your back. If you're walking in the morning, you can start on the other end and finish at the dam.
If you begin your hike at the dam, it will be another 5.5 miles before you reach a restroom, so keep this in mind during your visit. Keep a supply of doggie bags and drinking water on hand, too! Note that you will also need to purchase a $5 daily recreation pass to access the trail.
There's a long river running through most of the trail, so you'll likely be sharing the space with people enjoying the great fishing in the area. In addition to the fish, there's a variety of other wildlife around the trail, including snakes and hawks. You'll also get to see all sorts of plant species, and depending on the time of year you visit, you might spot some unique plants in bloom.
Whether you're fishing in the river, floating along in the water, or hiking this trail with your pup, you're sure to enjoy yourself at Little Hole Trail!