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Casto Canyon Trail

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Alt Names

Dixie National Forest, Losee Canyon, Barney Cove, Casto Wash, Costo Springs

Last Known StatusOpen

The Casto Canyon Trail offers scenic views of red hoodoos, colorful sandstone cliffs and scattered ponderosa pines. The main staging area has plenty of room for parking, an informational kiosk, a loading ramp plus a vault toilet.

The trail is limited to machines that are 50 inches or less in width. The trail is a great starting point to access the Barney Cove, Fremont and Paiute ATV trail. Nearby Losee Canyon is off limits to OHV use.

Overnight parking is prohibited at the main staging area but lodging and camping can be found a few miles away near Panguitch along Hwy 89 and the Red Canyon Area along Hwy 12.

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Nearest CityPanguitch, UT
AddressCasto Canyon Road, Panguitch, UT 84759
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From: Panguitch, UT
1) Take Hwy 89 south about 4 miles
2) Turn left (east) on Casto Canyon Road
3) Veer left at fork
4) Continue about 4 miles to the main staging area.


LandNational Forest


Proscolorful scenic views of red hoodoos & sand stone cliffs, free, connects to other ATV trails
Conscamping prohibited, no services
Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail5
Climate TypeForest
Elevation7000 to 8000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Permit RequiredYesUT OHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Some Areas
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on the trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
CommentNo specific decibel limit but excessive mechanical noise is prohibited.


CommentCamping is prohibited at the main staging area.


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NW)Garfield Memorial Hospital (435) 676-8811
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Panguitch
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Panguitch
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (S)Red Canyon RV Park (435) 676-2690
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (S)Red Canyon RV Park (435) 676-2690
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)Red Canyon RV Park (435) 676-2690
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)Red Canyon RV Park (435) 676-2690
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (S)Red Canyon Service Station (435) 676-2690
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (W)Panguitch Lake
Body of Water Water Body5-20 Miles (W)Panguitch Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (W)Panguitch Lake


Contact InfoDixie National Forest - Powell Ranger District
P.O. Box 80
Panguitch, UT 84759-0080
(435) 676-9300
Contact InfoRed Canyon Visitor Center
(435) 676-2676
Contact InfoUtah OHV Permit Info
1594 W North Temple, Suite 116
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(800) 648-7433


Casto Canyon Trail Photo

Casto Canyon Trail

Photo Submitted 8/20/2015 (Those were some great shots, Thanks!)

Casto Canyon Trail Photo

Casto Canyon Trail

Photo Submitted 8/20/2015 (Thanks!)

Casto Canyon Trail Photo

Casto Canyon Trail

Photo Submitted 9/14/2011 (Thanks!)

Casto Canyon Trail Photo

Casto Canyon Trail

Photo Submitted 8/20/2015 (Thanks!)


Casto Canyon Trail Photo

Casto Canyon Trail

Photo Submitted 1/4/2015 (Thanks!)

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