- Garfield County
- 8.7 miles
- 5-6 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 7320 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 7320 feet to 7980 feet
- Elevation Change:
- -660 feet
Believed to have been used by the famous outlaw Butch Cassidy in his many escapes from the lawmen of the day. Relive some Old West adventures of your own on this wonderful red rock trail.
The trail begins in Red Canyon and goes for 8.7 miles to Casto Canyon. This single track trail is for horses, bikes or foot traffic and is not open for any OHV’s. The trail travels north to the ridge between Red Canyon and Losee Canyon and then north again to the Losee Canyon trail and continues to the Casto Canyon trail.
The trail takes you through the spectacular red hoodoos of the area and tall ponderosa pines.
Special points of interest along this tail include Brayton Point and remarkable overlook of the Losee Canyon area, Little Desert, Lon’s Knoll, Black Rock and Mexican Hat.
The elevation changes from approximately 7320' at the trailhead to 7980' at Lon’s Knoll.
Hikers should expect to spend approximately 5 to 6 hours one way.
Those on horseback can expect 6 to 7 hours of steady riding one way.
Mountain bikes generally travel a little quicker but should still expect a good 5 hours of riding one way.
Water for livestock is available at the junction of the Cassidy trail and Casto Canyon Trail. It is approximately 5 miles from Casto Canyon Spring to the Casto Canyon trailhead. Water for everyone else is what you bring with you. For a hike of this duration, it is suggested that you bring twice what you think you will require for drinking.
Difficulty of the trail runs from easy to moderate to strenuous.
A 2-day experience is recommended for all, rather than attempting to complete this trail in one day.
Established campgrounds are located at the Red Canyon Campground, as well as just outside Red Canyon and in the nearby towns of Hatch and Panguitch.
Food & all other services can be found in the same areas as above.
Picture yourself riding along with Butch and evading the local sheriff in this wonderfully unique area of red rock hoodoos, pines, and cedars while breathing in the pristine air of Garfield County. This experience, you will not forget!