Lions Head and Duncan Springs Trails, Dixie National Forest

On recommendation from a friend we took the short drive out to see a collection of pictographs at the Lion’s Head in Dixie National Forest and while we were there, found a trail across the road to hike the next day. As you approach the Lion’s Head it appears to be a jumble of rounded rock deposited in the midst of a pinyon forest, but walking around a large shallow cave is revealed, filled with pictographs. Unfortunately the pictographs have been chalked over by “helpful” visitors long ago bringing into doubt the authenticity of the originals, but it was still pretty neat to see such a potentially large collection. We also of course climbed the rocks themselves.

The next day we returned with Terry and to hike up to Duncan Springs. None of us, least of all me, had explored this section of the forest before so we headed into the canyon for a few miles. The spring itself wasn’t much to look at but the views of the mountains were nice and it was a lovely walk. After we returned to the trailhead we crossed the forest road and showed Terry the pictographs at the Lion’s Head where I of course took more photos.

Lion's Head Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Lion’s Head Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

The Lion's Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

The Lion’s Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Pictographs, The Lion's Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Pictographs, The Lion’s Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Pictographs, The Lion's Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Pictographs, The Lion’s Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Pictographs, The Lion's Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Pictographs, The Lion’s Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Cave with pictographs, The Lion's Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Cave with pictographs, The Lion’s Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Views from the top of Lion's Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Views from the top of Lion’s Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom and Terry on the Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom and Terry on the Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Duncan Springs Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

View from inside the cave at Lion's Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

View from inside the cave at Lion’s Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Terry taking photos of the pictographs in Lion's Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Terry taking photos of the pictographs in Lion’s Head, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Really large lizard, Lion's Head Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Really large lizard, Lion’s Head Trail, Dixie National Forest, Utah