Springtime is a beautiful time of year to get outdoors and visit the Dixie National Forest. The warm weather and melting snow are making travel routes on the Forest more accessible. The Dixie National Forest encourages visitors to “Know Before You Go” and learn about the travel conditions and numerous opportunities available for exploration on the Forest.
The appearance of a wet road during the spring months can be deceiving to the eye. Wet, muddy conditions that make a road not quite ready for travel often result in deep road ruts and expensive tows to get vehicles unstuck. Until conditions are suitable for motorized travel, the Forest may have some temporary seasonal closures to prevent ruts and damage to roads and trails.
“Before you head out, know where you are going. I encourage the public to learn about current road and trail conditions and to pick up free brochures and maps.” said Angelita Bulletts, Dixie National Forest Supervisor. “The Dixie National Forest website and Facebook sites have travel updates, recreation information and videos to help you plan your next visit to the Forest.”
Free maps can be acquired by visiting one of the Dixie National Forest offices, by phone, or by mail. There are free maps available for download, including a travel map to be downloaded from the website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/dixie/maps-pubs.
Following spring snow melt, the Dixie National Forest campgrounds will be preparing for visitation with an expected opening of Memorial Day weekend. Make camping reservations at http://www.recreation.gov/ or call the district offices for additional information on campgrounds.
The Red Canyon Visitor Center will be opening for the 2016 season beginning Easter Weekend, March 25th to 28th. The center will be open in April with a weekend schedule: Friday – Monday, 9AM – 6 PM daily. Beginning, Tuesday May 3rd the visitor center will be open seven days a week, 9AM – 6PM daily.
For information about the Dixie National Forest, please visit the website or contact your local District Office in Cedar City, Escalante, Panguitch, or St. George. For general Forest questions, call (435) 865-3700.
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