Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
2,027.00 ft (617.83 m)
Trail type
32.00 mi (51.50 km)
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The Virgin River Rim Trail is a long distance single track trail located within Dixie National Forest just outside of Cedar City, Utah.

The trail is 32 miles long and attracts trail runners, backpackers, hikers and mountain bikers. This is a point-to-point trail and will require two cars or a shuttle. If you choose to complete this trail as an out and back there are plenty of backcountry campsites and actual campgrounds spread throughout. 

The route described here begins at Strawberry Point, at the end of Strawberry Point Road. The official trailhead for the Virgin River Rim Trail is .5 miles before Strawberry Point, you will see a trail sign on your left when you driving to the start. 

Parking is available at Strawberry Point and there is minimal parking (a small pullout) at the actual trailhead that can accommodate 1-2 cars. 

Within the first 11 miles you will experience solitude and expansive views of Grand-Staircase and Zion National Park. This section ends at a parking lot and trailhead for Cascade Falls. You may choose to add the additional mile hike to the falls or exit the parking lot by following trail signs for Virgin River Rim Trail. 

The trail travels up and down rolling hills and winds in and out of forested areas filled with Aspen groves and sweet smelling Douglas Fir. Near the halfway point you will have views of Navajo Lake and will pass by several side trails leading to surrounding campgrounds. 

The Virgin River Rim Trail can be accessed by several different points providing adventurers with an opportunity to explore a shorter section or segment. 


  • Strawberry Point Road is an 8.6 mile dirt road that does not require a high clearance vehicle,but might be slow going without one.

  • There is not reliable water along this route so make sure to plan accordingly and do research in advance. 

  • This is considered a high altitude trail and begins at an elevation close to 9,000ft. 

  • Dispersed camping is allowed in Dixie National Forest and permits may not be required depending on the size of your group. For more information check:

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Solitude. Expansive views. Pink cliffs. Aspen groves.


Water not easily available.

Trailhead Elevation

8,900.00 ft (2,712.72 m)

Highest point

9,755.00 ft (2,973.32 m)


Near lake or river
Vault toilet
Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Suitable for


Permit required




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