Piute County Rainbow
Discover the Magic and Beauty of the
Land Where the Rainbow Ends

Exploring Piute County Recreation

Line up for Fishing...

Anglers will want to have a good grip on their poles when they fish at Otter Creek Reservoir. The magic in the water makes rainbow, cutthroat, and German Brown trout grow big and fast, producing some of Utah's largest and fastest growing trophy size fish. Boat rentals are available and shore fishing is also excellent. Open all year, the large reservoir is popular for ice fishing in the winter.

Nearby Piute Reservoir is also a popular year-round fishery. The trout-stocked mountain lake is located seven miles north of Junction. A large boat ramp provides boating access to the lake's 2250 acres of water.

The Sevier River, along US 89 and the East Fork of the Sevier River above Otter Creek Reservoir, offer good trout fishing. During the summer, anglers can cast their lines for rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout at LaBaron and Puffer Lake located high in the forested Tushar Mountains.

There's always more... Outdoors

Exploring Piute County unveils a world of things to see and do all year round. Outdoor enthusiasts will discover a recreational paradise on the 12,000 foot high Tushar Mountains and the Fishlake and Dixie National Forests. Mountain biking, hiking, horseback and ATV riding, fishing, rock hounding, camping and picnicking are some of the popular warm weather activities. In winter, the snow-covered mountains are perfect for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing at Elk Meadows Ski and Summer Resort. In the fall, the forests are ablaze with brilliant golden aspens and deep green pines and spruce. In the lower elevations there are rodeos, rafting, gold panning, horseback riding, and sightseeing. Otter Creek and Piute Lake State Parks offer boating, fishing and sports in the summer, and ice fishing in the winter.

Otter Creek

Visitors will find interesting buildings with Victorian architecture in the small old western towns located throughout Piute County. They'll want to browse the unique, old-fashioned shops like the general stores where they can step back in time, search for antiques and crafts at the Hawk's Nest, or watch rag rugs being woven on antique floor looms at Lizzie and Charlie's Rag Rugs in Marysvale. They can drive by Hampton's Western Village, or the old Butch Cassidy log cabin near Circleville.

Five national parks are within an easy drive of Piute County: Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon North Rim, and Canyon Lands National Parks, and Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The Famous... Paiute ATV Trail

ATV riders will find leisurely family-type riding along the Paiute ATV trail. The Paiute ATV Trail is a 278 mile-long loop course that crosses mountain ranges, rugged canyons and deserts in south central Utah. The unique trail has been rated one of the best 15 trails in the country by Dirt Wheels magazine. With the diverse terrain and climate, riders can experience the thrill of descending from mountains to dense forest, stop to see vistas of the surrounding countryside or watch herds of deer or elk. Riders can enter the trail at any point - there is no beginning or end. Mountain bikers are also welcome.

Circleville, Marysvale, and other towns along the trail permit ATVs on designated streets so riders can go directly from the dirt trail to motels, restaurants, grocery stores, and service stations. Otter Creek and Piute State Parks are also easily accessible from the trail. At least two ATV events are scheduled in Piute County each year.