Know for some of the best trout fishing in the southwestern region, we have a network of lakes and streams that are within minutes of Duck Creek Village and our stocked throughout the spring and summer seasons. Within walking distance of the village are Duck Creek Pond and Aspen Mirror Lake which are connected by a meandering stream. Just a few minutes drive will bring you to Navajo Lake. Navajo Lake provides visitors with boating, swimming and fishing. The lake boasts rainbow and brook trout. Camping is popular at the campground during summer months. State of Utah fishing licenses are required and are sold in Duck Creek Village. Fishing is managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. For more information on seasons, licenses and other details, check their website www.wildlife.utah.gov/fishing.
While hunting is not permitted within Duck Creek Village, it is legal in Dixie National Forest. Hunting has been practiced for generations on Forest Service land. However, it's more than a traditional pastime. Hunting also has an ecological benefit as it's one of many ways in which wildlife managers are able to keep wildlife populations in balance with the animal's habitat, human development and the natality and mortality of the animals. Hunting is managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. For information on seasons, licenses and other details, check their website www.wildlife.utah.gov/hunting or call their toll-free hotline at 1-877-592-5169.
Duck Creek Village is situated along the border of Dixie National Forest. Although Dixie National Forest consists of almost two million acres and is the largest national forest in Utah, Duck Creek Village is near the higher elevations of the Forest where the terrain boasts aspens, pine and spruce trees making up our breathtaking mountain landscape. With immediate proximity to the national forest, we have an abundance of improved trails for a variety of outdoor activities. You will find well maintained and marked hiking, mountain biking ATV trails throughout our area. Most of these same trails are utilized in the winter months for X-Country Skiing and snowmobiling. Some of our more unusual sights to see include, caves, lava fields and Anasazi ruins. Camping, horseback riding and photography are just a few of the many other activities available.
Cascade Falls emerges from a cave in the middle of a sandstone cliff. Fed by Navajo Lake, the falls drop 100 feet. Accessed by a short, easy hike on a well-maintained trail, the elevation begins at 8862 ft. and culminates at 8957 ft. Dogs are allowed on this trail, and the views of the valley below are stunning.
Virgin River Rim Trail is a 32 mile long trail that also allows mountain bikes, dogs and horses. Hikers can access the trail from a number of starting points (including a point at Navajo Lake), and there is a shuttle available for drop off and pick-up, as well. Elevation of this hike averages 9,300 ft with a total 4,200 ft. gain.
Mammoth Cave is a popular spot for hikers. Located on the Markagunt Plateau in the Dixie National Forest at an elevation of 8050 ft. this cave was formed by cooling lava, and extends over 2200 feet. Hikers will want to have a jacket and flashlight, and sturdy shoes since some water can be found in some portions of the cave. The height of the cave ranges from stand-up-comfortably to crawl-on-your-belly.
Ice Cave is a small cave, but one worth visiting. Found just past the Visitorís Center the cave has icicles year-round!