Dixie National Forest is a United States National Forest in Utah with headquarters in Cedar City. It occupies almost two million acres and stretches for about 170 miles across southern Utah. The largest national forest in Utah, it straddles the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado River. In descending order of forestland area it is located in parts of Garfield, Washington, Iron, Kane, Wayne, and Piute counties. The majority (over 55%) of forest acreage lies in Garfield County. There are local ranger district offices in Cedar City, Escalante, Panguitch, St. George, and Teasdale.
Elevations vary from 2,800 feet above sea
level near St. George, Utah to 11,322 feet at Blue Bell Knoll on Boulder Mountain. The southern rim of the Great Basin, near the Colorado River, provides spectacular scenery. Colorado River canyons are made up of multi-colored cliffs and steep-walled gorges.
The Forest is divided into four geographic areas. High altitude forests in gently rolling hills characterize the Markagunt, Paunsaugunt, and Aquarius Plateaus. Boulder Mountain, one of the largest high-elevation plateaus in the United States, is dotted with hundreds of small lakes 10,000 to 11,000 feet above sea level. The forest includes the Pine Valley Mountains north of St. George.
In "High Adventure 2013", the Young Men go with some guides from Zion Adventure Company to go canyoneering in Dixie National Forest. They're taken to some slot canyons in Yankee Doodle Canyon. At one point, they split into two groups. John Wright, Travis Neal, Kalani Quereto, Steve Farrell, Alec Viera, Benner Call, Dallin Earl, and Chad Hales stay at the top of the canyon, while Kyle Worley, Kyle Makaiwi, Christian Hair, Brody Rasmussen, Jaren Garff, Barry Neal, John Earl, John Quereto, Jeff Wright, Greg Call, and Brent Spencer go deeper into the canyon. The guys on top are supposed to rappel down the face of the canyon and meet the other group at the bottom. John Wright, Steve, Benner, and Dallin all make it down, but then it starts raining pretty hard. Chad, Kalani, Alec, Travis, and a guide named Mike "abandon ship" and head back to the cars.
They take shelter in Chad's van. Meanwhile, everyone else is stuck in the canyon with a big waterfall right where they were rappelling. Chad says they're officially in "bail mode" and that they're going to start getting everyone out. He, Kalani, Alec, and Travis go outside and check on the guys. They form a rope system and start pulling everyone out of the canyon.