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RED REEF TRAIL – RED CLIFFS RECREATION AREA – LEEDS, UT
RED REEF TRAIL (LOWER) – RED CLIFFS RECREATION AREA – Leeds, UT
Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance: 1.44 miles round-trip
The Red Reef Trail is known by some as the Red Cliffs Hike, as most people travel the lower portion of the hike from the Red Cliffs Recreation Area Campground up to the pools and then circle back. (The full Red Reef Trail is actually part of The Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness trail system and can be a full 5.9 mile back country experience for someone seeking a more challenging adventure. This report only covers the lower segment of the trail.) This trail provides spectacular views at any time of the year because of the variety of plants and rock formations. If you are looking for a water hike, this trail is best traveled in early to late spring, or after a series of good rain storms in the area.
Round Trip Length
Average Hike Time
Trailhead: 37°13’27.8″N 113°24’22.6″W
Bureau of Land Management
Distance from St George
19.9 Miles (30 minutes driving)
Yes; leash required
Best Time of Year to Hike
Best Time of Day to Hike
Morning, Late Afternoon
No Permit Required
$5.00 Parking Fee. Pay fees at the self-pay station near the entrance to the campground. You may use Federal Interagency Annual, Access, and Senior Passes for day use fees. Stop by the self-pay station for more information.
Water Sources Available
Potable water in campgrounds and in picnic area. Flowing stream most of the hike (depends on time of year, only drink if purified and filtered).
10 Campsites available on first come, first served basis. Stays are limited to 14 days. Camping is restricted to the developed campground. No dispersed camping is allowed.
Part well maintained single track. Part stream bed.
Partial sun exposure. Lots of shade from trees and canyon depending on time of day.
TOP 5 HIKE HIGHLIGHTS
Beautiful Red Rock Formations
Great water holes to play in depending on water levels
Map to Trailhead. Take Interstate 15 north to Exit 22. At the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Old Highway 91. Travel south 2 miles and turn right. Continue under two freeway tunnels (tunnels restrict vehicle size to less than 12 feet in height and width) and follow the paved road for 1.3 miles into the campground.