If you’re seeking an ideal combination of relaxation and adventure, the small alpine community of Duck Creek Village is the perfect home base for your southwestern Utah vacation. Located on Cedar Mountain at an elevation of 8,470 feet and surrounded by Dixie National Forest, Duck Creek is a haven for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, four-wheeling, camping, boating, swimming, and fishing. Duck Creek Pond, Aspen Mirror Lake, Panguitch Lake, and Navajo Lake are all within a short drive and offer well-stocked trout fishing. Navajo Lake, located just six miles west on Highway 14, also offers swimming, boat rentals, and access to the Virgin River Rim Trail.
After a morning of fishing, visit the ancient lava beds which surround Navajo Lake and Duck Creek, stopping to visit Mammoth Caves. Pack a picnic lunch for the one-mile, round-trip hike to Cascade Falls, just four miles from Duck Creek Village. Cool off in the pristine waters of Navajo Lake after biking the 12-mile Navajo Loop trail, or check out the Dixie National Forest ATV Trail system for some of the best off-roading in Utah. Winter visitors will find Duck Creek and nearby Brian Head Ski Resort to be a paradise for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Duck Creek is centrally located about 42 miles from both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Parks. The scenic drives in both parks can be completed in a day and offer spectacular sights and photo opportunities. From Duck Creek it’s just 16 miles to Cedar Breaks National Monument, and only 2.5 hours to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. From nearby Glendale you can access the Johnson Canyon/Skutumpah Road to Lick Wash, Willis Creek, and Bull Valley Gorge. You can easily spend a week in Duck Creek and never run out of places to see and things to do.