Close to Campus: Duck Creek

Located at the border of Dixie National Forest, Duck Creek Village recreation area is a terrain of aspens and ponds that offers a wide range of activities for every season.

Duck Creek is in immediate proximity to several popular areas including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Staircase Escalante. The recreation area provides multiple smaller trails and campgrounds with no entrance fees, unlike its neighbors.

Along with hiking, Duck Creek offers several marked mountain biking and ATV trails for warmer months. These trials can also be utilized in the winter months for X-Country Skiing and snowmobiling. All paths in the surrounding area allow both leashed pets and equestrian riding.

duck creek fall (5 of 1)Known for some of the best trout fishing in the southwest region, Duck Creek Pond and Aspen Mirror Lake are full of fish year-round. Appropriately named, these networks of lakes and streams are home to a dozen different species of birds, namely duck, who can be seen along the edges of the water or in the neighboring trees. However, hunting is not permitted within Duck Creek boundaries

Some of the sights of the surrounding area include caves, lava fields and Anasazi ruins. Only a few miles away from the village, individuals can visit trails to destinations like Mammoth Cave, Cascade Falls or Navajo Lake.

The Duck Creek Campground, adjacent to Duck Creek Pond, is available from spring to early winter. The 86 different campsites are accompanied with picnic tables and fire pits. A community bathroom with flushing toilets is also on site. Each campsite is $17 and operates on a first come, first serve, basis. There are several other campgrounds nearby at Navajo Lake.

Duck Creek Village is also home to cabin lodging, shopping outlets, restaurants and even RV parks. For more information, visit

Story By: Ansleigh Mikesell
Photos By: Mitchell Quartz