Recreation among the lava beds: Navajo Lake, UT.
The Navajo Lake recreation area is located atop Cedar Mountain, approximately 25 miles east of Cedar City. This lake was originally known to the Paiute Indians as “Pa-Cu-Ay”, meaning “Cloud Lake” and the name fits perfectly.
Navajo lake was formed when an ancient lava flow dammed the eastern side of the lake valley. Resting on a layer of limestone, the lake soon developed underground drainage through sink holes. Some water drains toward the Pacific Ocean via Cascade Falls and the Virgin River (the river that formed Zion Canyon). The balance runs east beneath the lava rocks coming out at the Duck Creek spring and sinking again to feed numerous springs that form the Sevier River.
What is there to do at Navajo Lake?
Boating, swimming and fishing are the most popular activities at Navajo Lake in the summer and snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoeing are fun in the winter.
* There’s also a rustic lodge located at the west edge of the lake | Reservations can be made at (702) 646-4197 *
Hike Cascade Falls
Distance is one mile, round trip hike that leads you to a beautiful waterfall that is the outlet of Navajo Lake. See several varieties of plant life and incredible views of the Zion/Kolob Terrace.
Hike the Virgin river rim trail
Distance is a 32 mile moderate trail that’s good for hiking, mountain biking and horses. The trail has several access points so you can make the journey as long or as short as you like. There are access points from Navajo Lake from the Te Ah Campground, as well as Cascade Falls and Strawberry Point trailheads.
Mountain Bike navajo loop
A nice, winding 12 mile loop around the lake that’s great for novices with just a few climbs.
OHV Use at Navajo lake
There are several trails around Mammoth Cave for ATV and snowmobile use. Trail users are strongly advised to purchase a trail map from the Dixie National Forest Service Officers located in Cedar City or at the visitor center in Duck Creek (summer only).
explore at nearby mammoth cave
Formed from dormant lava tubes, Mammoth Cave is a fun stop in any day trip near Duck Creek Village. Bring a flashlight, and be aware that at one point the cave narrows and you will have to crawl on your stomach.