The lure of the brilliant red spires and weather-sculptured formations of Bryce and Zion
national parks draws many visitors to this scenic area. Duck Creek Campground, located in
the heart of Dixie National Forest just 30 miles east of Cedar City, Utah, off Highway 14,
offers a perfect home base for day trips. Located about halfway between Zion to the west
and Bryce to the east, the campground provides easy access to these popular parks. Hiking, picnicking and camping amid pine forests and a nearby pond teeming with four species of trout are highlights of a visit to Duck Creek and Pond. The pond is stocked several times a year from a nearby fish hatchery west of Hatch. Grill your catch over an open campfire; you can choose from rainbow, brown, brook or cutthroat trout (with a limit of four fish per license). Plan on spending a day exploring the many miles of trails that originate nearby, such as the ones to Cascade Falls, Strawberry Point or the Ice Caves.
Don’t miss a short side trip to Brian Head Peak, (11,307 feet) with its 360-degree view of the Markagunt Plateau. The campground offers 79 primitive sites with restrooms, water, a dump station and firewood and it’s open from June 13 to September 4. With an elevation of 8,600 feet, be prepared to initially take it easy, allowing for altitude adjustment. Dixie National Forest, P.O. Box 0580, Cedar City, Utah 84721; (435) 865-3700. For reservations, contact ParkNet at (877) 444-6777 or www.reserveusa.com.