The High Plateaus region is composed of limestone, shale and sandstone. The Markagunt Plateau has a mix of volcanic rocks, such as basalt, rhyolite and obsidian. The Escalante Canyons are carved from Navajo Sandstone. The landscape of Dixie National Forest is constantly changing due to tectonic activity, weathering, erosion and deposition. There are many unique geological features throughout the area, such as hoodoos, arches and slot canyons.
Dixie National Forest in Cedar City, Utah was established in 1905 and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the National Forest System. The area has long been used for recreation and subsistence by Native American peoples, including the Paiutes and Navajo, who have inhabited this area for centuries.
Dixie National Forest’s vast terrain provides refuge for a variety of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, bears, elk, deer, antelope and cougars. Other animals include coyotes, foxes and bobcats. Birds such as eagles and hawks also call this area home.