Babylon Arch Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leeds, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 396 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

river

views

wildlife

rocky

no shade

From St George, head north on I-15 for about 13 miles and take exit 22 to Leeds/Silver Reef. Head north on Hwy 228/Main Street for 2 miles and take a right onto 900 North (there is a sign indicating Red Cliffs National Conservation Area). Follow 900 North for about 3 miles and turn left after the sign indicating Sand Cove Trailhead.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
9 hours ago

Very nice views; Trail was hard to follow with so many people heading off trail to do their own thing.

hiking
7 days ago

What a fun trail! We took the loop backwards which was fine, but that made it so we had to climb up the long sandy hill after the arch. People talk about going down that hill to see the little arch and then turning around to go back up it, but you don’t have to do that if you take the loop. Keep going to get to the river. Just follow the AllTrails map. We went with a 6 and 8 year old and it was perfect for them. A little challenging but not too much. We played in the river for about an hour. There is no shade so I can’t imagine doing this midday in the heat of the summer, even with the river half way. We were originally going to do the Red Reef Trail, but it being a Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend it was packed. We’re glad we aborted our plans and a chose this hike instead! We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.

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scramble
12 days ago

Hard to stay on the trail

21 days ago

Followed directions and still we could not find the arch! Read all the reviews and tips and still couldn't find it. Found many lost hikers along the way. I think we will go back and try again although I wish the trail was marked better.

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off trail
rocky
22 days ago

This was a great hike, but a little strenuous at times with the direction we took. Like others have said, there are several options on the trail. Trails seem to cross over each other. We never did find the arch, but made it to an amazing spot on the river with some sandstone caverns and sandy beach. My advice would be to stay to the right as you hike down. When it seems you should go down into the canyon, try to stay to the right and on top until you can easily walk down to the river. Trail was confusing, but totally worth it. Get an early start in warm weather because the sand gets hot and radiates.

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off trail
rocky
22 days ago

27 days ago

Beautiful hike! 4 wheel drive reccomend to access trailhead as the entry road has some areas of deep red sand and rocks. Good hike for kids but I would be cautious on bringing toddlers. One area mid hike requires you to climb down a steep sand hill which is tiring (up) on the way back. Shade is also limited for most of the trail. I saw some groups with small children struggling on the return hike to make it up this hill and finish the last mile. My family had a great time enjoying the sandy beach area along river and exploring red rock areas throughout.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of amazing rock scrambling. Kids had a blast. Be warned though: this hike is quite rigorous at times. It took our group a lot longer than a standard hike of the same length.

hiking
1 month ago

We started from the Sand Cove Trailhead. You definitely want to be in a truck or SUV to drive to these trails. It was a beautiful start but the trails were very confusing. It's very easy to get lost. We just kept bumping into other families that pointed us in the right way to get to the Babylon Arch. Most people that we bumped into were lost as well or on their way back because they never found it. The stacked rocks from previous hikers is really how we found our way, that was pretty cool! Now... the sandhill before the arch was so fun going down. It was steep, long, and felt like we were walking in baby powder. Going back up?? Lol! Just make to take a little rest before hiking back up. Overall it was a really good experience, beautiful place, and definitely worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Trails that weave in and out of each other through desert rock down to the virgins river. 10/10

hiking
1 month ago

Road into trail would recommend 4x4 or all wheel drive. Trail is not well marked after flicker but manageable. Just stay flexible and watch your trail map. Gorgeous views and awesome hike. Great workout to get in and out of the arch spot. Wouldn’t recommend if you have any knee/ankle joint or mobility issues since there is a lot of sand hills.

hiking
1 month ago

Welp, the “trail” was beautiful, but I agree that the trail itself is impossible to follow. The AllTrails map at least tells you that you’re headed toward the arch (which is just before the loop curves around on the map) but there’s no point in trying to stay on it. The real danger here for me, was driving out of the park. Oh my god do not take a right out of the parking lot you will find yourself in a sandy labyrinth. I got extremely lost and actually had to get a sheriff on the phone to help guide me out. Thank goodness there was cell service.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful... Red Cliffs... cactus... river. My Family and I Love this Trail...

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rocky
1 month ago

The trail is super hard to follow. All trails maps led to nothing. Follow BLM signs

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no shade
off trail
1 month ago

Very pretty desert. Cactus flowers not blooming yet, but it’s getting too hot for this hike. Park at the fenced area then hike to primitive campground. Look for the arch sign and follow the trail. I had to continually use the All Trails map because the trail is hard to find sometimes. Wear sturdy shoes because you’ll climb rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Follow the directions very carefully. Watch for the cairns, they will get you to the arch. The arch itself isn’t much and there is a pretty steep sand hill getting to and from. The views of the river are so beautiful!

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rocky
1 month ago

Read the “How to get there” directions and not the gps for accurate directions. After following the gps we ended up on a private road. Once we found it the right way, it was about a 2 mile dirt road we had no problem getting through. The trail is not marked well at all but the All Trails map kept us in the right direction for the most part. We kept putting it away so went off trail a few times. The river below was beautiful and deep enough to swim in. On your way back, the view is breathtaking. The arch was cool to see also but smaller than the pictures make it seem. Still giving it 5 starts because it’s beautiful and well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was perfect. Our 6 and 4 year old made it to the river and back, our 2 year old walked a bunch of the flats as well. Lots of sand, fun rocks, places to scramble and play around, and a fun destination. You can find shade here and there as well.

1 month ago

This hike was really fun. The trailhead is right where AllTrails said it was. Easy to find. The trail is a bit hard to follow once you are about half way in. At the end you go down a sand hill which is pretty steep. You will fill your shoes with sand. The arch is at the bottom so you have to do it. It is a cool arch that you can walk through. The climb back up the sand hill is a pretty good climb but if you take a couple breaks to catch your breathe you can make it. We had a great time on this hike and will probably go back and do it again.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Cool arch, not friendly for small children unless you pack them the whole way.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trails but POORLY marked. The big question among all the hikers was “Where’s the arch?” Once on 900, drive to Sand Cove Primitive camping parking area. It’s to the left of the Sand Cove parking. Follow it to the end and you’ll find the parking area. The sign marking the trail is at the end of parking area and actually says “Arch” with an arrow to the right. Follow the trail to the arch- about a mile. You’ll have to go down a deep sand hill (and back up to return). But it’s worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous area. The rocks are amazing! The hike to get to the arch was better than the arch itself, I think. The steep, sandy hill leading down to the arch was not fun going up. The drive to the primitive camping area was not all that bad either.

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