Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 months ago

Great hike to do with kids. We did the Chuckwalla connecting to Turtle Wall. The kids loved the climbing/bouldering opportunities! Very wide defined trail. Definetely will do again for the "natural playground"!

Hiked from Yellow Knolls parking and looped back on Black Glutch which is a boulder choked wash. Very difficult even going down the wash. Sturdy boots and trekking poles strongly advised.

mountain biking
3 months ago

We started the trail from a pullout just off the the road (Red hills parkway). We parked in a dirt lot and started the trail. This was an easy beginner trail for my husband and I, but a challenging and fun trail for our kids (4,6,9). Our 4 year old got a bit nervous about the ups and downs and rocky terrain. Our other kids loved it! There was a fun section of Cairns along to path to stop and admire and add to. We didn’t finish the loop, but finished at Dixie rock.

hiking
3 months ago

a wonderful short and easy hike wit some cool rock formations to see.

A really good trail. We went there looking for the Anasazi cave. We walked right past it, it’s not well marked but we finally found it on the way back.
Well-maintained and a great place to relax on a nice hike. No crowds either we only saw about five people in two hours.

We hiked the Yellow Knolls/Black Gulch loop. The brochure from Red Cliff Desert Reserve says Black Gulch is a "rugged route in rocky wash bottom" It was all that and more. The wash is full of rocks and boulders and you are walking on, up, over and around rocks and boulders. There are several dry waterfalls and we had to backtrack often and look for the best way down. No equipment was needed but we did do a little jumping. A nice surprise was the water sculpted rocks in the narrow section of the canyon. Lots of potholes but only one had water in it and we skirted around it. This trail was hard for us, we took a beating, it took us 2.5 hours to do this 1.7 mile stretch. We did see rabbits and deer on this hike. Our ages are late 60s so you younger folks will probably not have the problems that we did. The rest of the hike on Yellow Knolls trail was much easier and had nice rock formations.

3 months ago

Nice short hike. Took the Paradise Rim Trail that gives you a good view overlooking the area.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trails that were fun to hike. Started with Chuckwalla TRAIL as a connector. Then hiked Halfway Wash Trail all of the way. Then connected to Paradise Rim Trail, which had great views. From there took Turtle Wall Trail back to Chuckwalla to finish up. Nothing terrifically difficult but a good hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trails that were fun to hike. Started with Chuckwalla TRAIL as a connector. Then hiked Halfway Wash Trail all of the way. Then connected to Paradise Rim Trail, which had great views. From there took Turtle Wall Trail back to Chuckwalla to finish up. Nothing terrifically difficult but a good hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Actually we hiked up to Elephant Arch starting at the Mill Creek TH and then following Bone Wash. The trail started out a double track that goes to a Washington City well. After that it follows a sandy wash bottom. Well marked trail to an interesting Arch that really does look like an elephant. Easy hike but sandy most of the way.

hiking
4 months ago

Great view of the different geologic formations in Color Country.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail with the kids. Lots of adventure points - rock climbing, tree climbing, rock scrambling, stick and squash collecting. Lots of hikers and dogs on the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty and peaceful. Great views of the surrounding areas and views of Zion National Park. Saw a few trail runners and a couple other hikers. For the most part we were the only ones on the trail.

5 months ago

great for kids

The Virgin River Trail was beautiful. You can also bike or ride your horse on that trail. Pink walled canyons, black cliffs with cactus growing out of them, the sound of the river were all really nice. Wide road style trail. Crossing the river and creek to link up with the other trail is unclear and hard. Prepare to bushwhack and get full of goatheads. Not quite sure how it was done the first time because the trail shows a lot of doubling back where the initial poster was obviously looking for a way across. I didn’t continue on because I ran out of time. Be aware that the river crossing involves some trial and error and ideally a hiking stick.

Enjoyable cross-country hike with several climbs.

trail running
6 months ago

Appropriately named; plenty of deep, bright red sand to enjoy! I've only completed this trail from east to west; using the Grapevine Trail to connect in and then the Millcreek Trail to exit back out for a total of 6 miles.
Beautiful lookout once on top of the hill; a nice 360 view. The west end of the trail is hard to follow mostly because sand can't be hardpacked and well-worn so its easy to loose among the sagebrush. I've lost trail several times, even after knowing my way down. The key is to look for the next white trail marker sticking up and make your way to it.

An excellent place to see unique wildflowers in the spring!!

trail running
6 months ago

A secluded desert trail with stunning cliffs all around; red and white banded sandstone to the north and steep lava slopes to the west. Park at the north end of Green Springs Dr along the roadway and head north over the stepover gate. After about .5 mile after passing the Icehouse Mesa fork, take the unsigned trail that leads to the left. You'll know you're on the correct trail because it heads toward the space between a lava mesa to your right and a lava cliff to your left. After running over the saddle the terrain levels out and the cheat grass covers much of the trail; watch closely to follow its switchbacking. It finally connects back in with the Washington Hollow Trail to bring you back to your car.

go to gila rock, take the rim back. Makes it a 5 mi. loop.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved it. Just enough to be interesting but not give my grandma knees pain. Plus does it get any better than red rock for a background?

trail running
10 months ago

Great trail for trail running.

Take plenty of water. Plan on a 5.5 hour hike. I would rank moderate to hard. Great hike for cardio and fitness!

Very easy trails !!

Absolutely fantastic trail, especially with young ones!

rock climbing
11 months ago

I have have done this hike my entire life, it's beautiful and nice because it's so close to town!

trail running
11 months ago

It's pretty especially in spring, it's nice because it's close to town. The trail is very small and rocky so it's a run and walk a little trail, which is okay too. I initially set out thinking it was Owens loop but ended up turning into the city creek "a little confusing". I would recommend early morning or just before dusk, not a mid day summer or even mid day spring hike unless you like the heat. Overall, it kept me on my toes with the switch backs, it would be a nice rainy trail run though.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Beautiful. Easy for my eight and four year olds to do with us.

trail running
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Decent run. Heavily used and as a result you will find trash and dog turds on the first mile. Take it up to beck hill and back via turtle hill for a nice 4 miler. Pick up your trash people.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

nice

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