Explore Dixie National Forest and ‘know before you go’

SOUTHERN UTAH – Springtime is a beautiful time to get outdoors and visit the Dixie National Forest. The warm weather and melting snow are making travel routes on the forest 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. For protection of Forest road conditions and to prevent expensive repairs to rutted or damaged roads, some roads and trails across the Forest will have temporary seasonal closures until conditions are suitable for motorized access.

“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 Rob MacWhorter, Dixie National Forest Supervisor. “The Dixie National Forest website has travel updates, recreation information, podcasts and videos to help you plan your next visit to the Forest.”

Free maps can be obtained by visiting one of the Dixie National Forest offices, by phone, or by mail. There are also free maps available for download, including a travel map to be downloaded to Garmin gps units from the Forest Service’s website.

Assure that all users can enjoy the Dixie National Forest by doing your part. “Know Before You Go.” 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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