Hellhole Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ivins, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.4 miElevation gain265 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Rugged, unmarked out and back along a sandy/rocky wash, offering beautiful views and glimpses at ephemeral water basins throughout the canyon.

Bureau of Land Management 345 E. Riverside Drive St. George, UT 84790 (435) 688-3200

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Andrea Wu
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HikingGreat!

I came here on a weekday afternoon around 4PM, and parking on the road was a bit tight but manageable, not too many cars. The trail is quite barren and boring for the first part until actually getting to the canyon, and I climbed up a bit in the canyon for some great views. It got steep though as I did that, but it was fun! Didn't see too many people, and it was quite scenic at the actual canyon.

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William Campbell
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Great hike. I took the trail on the west side of the wash on the way up. On the way back. I took the wash! I hiked father up then the trail on the map. Amazing views.

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Kristin Rademacher
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Kristin Van Tassell
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Marc Herklotz
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First time caller, long time peruser. In a word...splendid! Magnificent views all the way, especially near the canyons a couple of miles in. Lots of places to poke around. Stay out of the wash as much as possible. Too much scrambling and too much sand. Stay high to the left of the wash going up. Your feet will thank you. There’s a fairly well established trail on the west side of the wash. Try to do this hike mid to late afternoon. The low golden light makes it really special bouncing off of those red cliffs. Enjoy!

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Misty Karges
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sandy, but nice little hike

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Micah Moskowitz
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Rebecca Boehm
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It is a trail that goes along the wash, not in the wash! We walked in the wash on the way in! Oh, well. It was much easier to walk up on the ridge along the wash!

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Lynda Kasberg
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Great trail for our hiking club. Beautiful!!

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Andrew Romney
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Oddly my recording only caught the back half. Somewhat windy, low 50’s, and absolutely beautiful scenery.

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James Porter
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This hike follows a dry river bed, which is why I gave it 3 stars. Very sandy and rocky doesn't make for an enjoyable hike.

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Tom McCollough
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Great experience after a rare snowfall.

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Angie Denison
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It was a little stormy so we basically had this trail all to ourselves. It’s a stunning walk up the canyon with views that take your breath away. We walked up the wash and had lots of fun scrambling among the boulders. On the way down we followed the trail above the wash. It was a much quicker trail with less scrambling. If you walk up the wash to the end and want to follow the rim on the way back use the all trails map to help you find the trail. It’s a bit of a steep climb to the left but once you are on top the walk back is much easier than following the wash.

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Stephanie Kim
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Pretty sunset walk through a wash, scrambled up some sand dunes to get a better view and warm up in the sun since the wash is in the shade - not one I’d do again for myself but my dog loved the deep sand

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Donnie Entus
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Great

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Geneva Wagner Woodmansee
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Just dipped our toes in the start of the trail - we'll have to come home to do the whole thing.

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Will Stafford
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Great suggestion from Dan the sushi chef at Benja

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Cameron C
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Fun trail taking you right up to a canyon between the massive red cliffs. The sand really slows you down and gets annoying. Only tip I have is to stick to the wash. I was tempted to go off on what appeared to be trails a few times to avoid the sand and they took me nowhere Took about 2 hours. I'd rate it 5 stars, except for the sand drops to 4. I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.

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Dr Steve Watts
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Our hiking group as starting back up after a Covid hiatus and this was the first hike back. A good moderate length and a decent challenge without being too strenuous. Good comradely.

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Rebbeca Brown
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Graig Dwenger
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Dean Palumbo
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Very cool. Not sure of official Trail but followed riverbed n simply beautiful.

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David Grawrock
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Great trail. Canyon walls are amazing. Starting at 7 we had shade for all but the last 15 minutes of the hike.

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Cody & Kristi Sessions
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Birlyn Larsen
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Very sandy we went at the start of may and it was pretty hard more because of the sand and there is no shade, I mean it was beautiful and pretty wildflowers just very exhausting, wouldn’t recommend doing with a 1 year old.

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Justin John
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It’s a hellhole of a trail to find. Not a marked trail as stated in the reviews. Stay West above the wash unless you want to roam the dry creek bottom.

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Katie Hatfield
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This trail is owned by the Kayenta community they are building there. It instructs you to follow the wash which we found difficult unless you walked in the wash. We were there in early AM and the footsteps above the wash to follow on the outside were not present. Because of that the trail was extremely rocky and took more time. Did see some gray fox, lizards and birds. Some flowers. The waterfall was dried up and we eventually just ran into a giant pile of boulders past the end of the trail that we couldn’t pass. Bring your sunscreen!

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