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Red Canyon
Tuesday, October 1
As we passed through a very pretty section of Bryce-like hoodoos at Red Canyon, the thought came to us that Red Canyon was a state facility, and perhaps we could do a short scenic hike here. Something to make up for the disappointment of not being able to do Orderville Canyon.
courtesy RHanel
UT-12 at Red Canyon
Red Canyon
Red Canyon
A lot of people were milling about on the sides of the road at Red Canyon. Possibly they were the beginnings of "overflow" - people kicked out of National Parks but still looking to make something of their vacation. At the Red Canyon visitor center parking lot, we noticed an employee placing a big "Closed" sign in front of the bathrooms. Oho... so Red Canyon is in fact funded by the federal government. Sure enough, another sign on the visitor center door said that the center was closed due to the shutdown.

It did not specifically say that Red Canyon itself was closed, though... and there were no signs at the start of the trails. Maybe the federal funding was only for the visitor center itself, and the larger Red Canyon park was state owned.... In any case, many people were already walking along the trails, and no one was taking them away in chains. So, we decided that we'd also take a little stroll.
courtesy RHanel
Shutdown!
Shutdown!
Hoodoos of Red Canyon
We decided to hike "The Birdseye Trail". This was an easy 2-ish kilometer (1.2 mile) trail that led roughly parallel to the highway, winding in and out of fantastic red hoodoos.
courtesy JInnes
courtesy JInnes
Towards the Birdseye trail
Arn, Red Canyon
Birdseye Trail
courtesy JInnes
Hoodoo, Red Canyon
Roland and Kyle, Red Canyon
Birdseye Trail
It was another perfectly clear and calm day in southern Utah, and it was invigorating to walk along the easy path among big ponderosa pines, towering red hoodoos, and under a dark, cobalt-blue sky. RGB - but in nature!
courtesy JInnes
courtesy RHanel
courtesy SDusablon
The Camel
Hiking along Birdseye Trail
Camel closeup
courtesy JInnes
Hiking along Birdseye Trail
Brothers at Red Canyon
Maze of Hoodoos
courtesy RHanel
courtesy RHanel
Along the Birdseye Trail
Arn and Hoodoos
Thick with Red Hoodoos
Pleasant wanderings along the sinuous Birdseye trail brought us to the western end of Red Canyon, where we climbing a final ridge and looked out across the greens and grays of the broad Sevier Valley beyond. We then climbing down to the highway - only a few minutes below us - and crossed over onto the Red Canyon bicycle trail, which we followed for about half a kilometre back to our parking spot at the Red Canyon visitor center.
courtesy RHanel
Roland and Stephanie
Arn and Sevier Valley
Arn and Sevier Valley
courtesy RHanel
courtesy RHanel
The Sundial Tree
Red Canyon Bicycle Trail
More... shutdown!
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Red Canyon Hike - click map to view
Birdseye Trail, Red Canyon - Hike Data
Start Time: 9:50AM
End Time: 10:51AM
Duration: 1h0m
Distance: 2.73 km (1.7 mi)
Average Speed: 2.7 km/hr (1.7 mph)
Start Elevation: 7039ft (2145m) *
Max Elevation: 7277ft (2218m) *
Min Elevation: 7039ft (2145m) *
End Elevation: 7197ft (2194m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 235ft (72m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 139ft (42m) *
 
 
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
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