Red Canyon Birdseye Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.8 miles
Time Estimate: 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 249 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Red Canyon Birdseye Trail is part of the trail system in the Dixie National Forest near Panguitch, Utah. This trail offers amazing opportunities to see the most beautiful parts of Utah. Some places even call Birdseye Trail the most photographed place in Utah! You can thank the contrast of the thick, green pine trees with the bright red soil and rocks for that. Also, the fact that it's a fairly easy hike helps photographers get out there! 


Birdseye Trail is a 1.8 mile out and back trail that sees fairly heavy traffic. It's a pupular path, so be sure to keep a firm grip on your dog's leash. You're going to have to share the road with everyone from fellow hikers to cyclists. Obeying the leash rules will help keep everyone safe. Remember that you have to walk back as far as you go in, so if the hike starts to feel too much for you, turn back right away. 

Birdseye Trail begins west of the visitor's center. There you'll find parking for your vehicle, restrooms, and answers to any questions you may have. Bring a friend with you to hold your dog while you go inside the visitor's center! You can also grab a trail map. This is a great idea even if you're sticking to a relatively short and simple trail like Birdseye. 

Once you've passed the sign post and have entered Red Canyon Birdseye Trail, tilt your head back. You should be able to see the trail's namesake soon! One of the hoodoos (a rough stone column of varying thickness, almost like a totem pole) near the beginning of the trail has a top shaped like a bird's head! From there, you'll follow a smooth, even hard packed dirt trail. Turn back when you hit signs for the Red Canyon Loop! 

Red Canyon Birdseye Trail is a beautiful trail to snap a selfie with your pup! 

Trail Features
Rocky, Desert
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This trail's desert location is the biggest safety risk. The heat can turn the desert rocks into scorching pavement that's dangerous for your dog's paws. If you wouldn't go for a walk on asphalt, you shouldn't let your dog walk on the rocks without booties.
Address
5375 UT-12
Panguitch, UT 84759
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Address
5375 UT-12
Panguitch, UT 84759
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset