Red Reef Trail

EASY 90 reviews

Red Reef Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leeds, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

Trail head is located near campsite #2 in the Red Cliffs Campground

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail that's easy enough to take small children. We took our 4 year old and 2 year old and they had a blast. The pools are dried up right now but it's still worth the trip. Parking is $5 and self-pay, so unless you have a park pass make sure to bring a checkbook or exact change since no one is there to break change. If you're looking for an easy hike that embodies the unique beauty of Southern Utah, look no further. You will not be disappointed!

14 days ago

Fantastic short hike with massive red rock surrounding you throughout. There is an exciting section with footholds worn into the surface of the rock as you scoot around a small pond.

hiking
23 days ago

This is great hike with kids, not too long. the water is all dried up this time of year besides small pools at the top by the stairs. My 9 and 11 year old went up the rock holds without any problems. beautiful scenery the whole way, with some cool looking trees.
You do pay cash to park ($5), unless you have a national park pass, then it's free.

hiking
28 days ago

Easy trail that beautifully shows off the red rock in the area. There's a cave up on the cliff wall (keep your eyes peeled for it!) that has petroglyphs and the smoke stains from fires from a long time ago. There's a couple little paths to it so it's not hard to get to besides the uphill climb. Once you get to the boulder with the rope it gets more difficult to maneuver. Dogs wouldn't make it past this point and getting back down can be kind of tricky. When we were there, the wind through that section of the trail was quite gusty to you might want a windbreaker if you're there on a windy day. Would definitely recommend if you're in the area.

1 month ago

Beautiful red rock scenery! Highly recommend. Note, you need cash to obtain a campground parking pass. Parking is limited so go early. The trail leads you to a boulder with a rope you need to maneuver around which can get very tricky especially on the way back.

hiking
1 month ago

Very very easy and pleasant hike...good one just to eso es time with friends; and. It to worry about ahead.

1 month ago

What a beautiful canyon trail! The water was chest deep in one spot and impossible to get out of without a partner. So fun!

2 months ago

It was a lovely hike only 9 minutes from our campground at Quail Creek. The first bit is dog friendly, but once we hit the waterfall, our setters couldn’t scale the rocks with the footholds (and they are pretty good scramblers). In fact, my husband ended up in the water to his armpits when one slipped down and took him with them. (Unfortunately, iPhone and all). I would definitely go back without the dogs if we were staying longer.

hiking
2 months ago

Our family did this hike today. The kids swam in the swimming holes by two of the waterfalls. This was such a beautiful hike. We will definately be back to visit. Gorgeous scenery amd the weather was perfect, 78 degrees.

walking
2 months ago

Absolutely Beautiful. The picture doesn’t due it’s justice! I recommend to anyone!

2 months ago

Great trail! It does get challenging for beginners after the second waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

Don't know how to rate this: as with so much of S Utah, it is BEAUTIFUL but is being loved to death!

3 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike for first timers and bring some shorts perfect place to get a little wet

hiking
4 months ago

So beautiful and easy.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful and lots of water. Great family hike, not too hard

5 months ago

Fun little hike. We went on a unseasonably warm January morning. There is not water this time of year, but the scenery is still breathtaking. The campground was nearly full, but we only saw one other person on the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Very Pretty. I wouldn’t call this trail easy. But beautiful. Had the water flowingz

7 months ago

We love the sand, water and fun places to play on this one. Perfect for young and old!

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike!

hiking
9 months ago

It definitely wasn't easy if you have kids. You need to use a rope to get up where the supposed waterfall is. It's easy up until that point. Unfortunately there wasn't any water other than a few dirty puddles full of tadpoles. We still enjoyed it and the scenery was beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike but would have been better if the water was flowing.

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice. Would have enjoyed it more when the water is flowing.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome views, went with my 9 year old and we both really enjoyed it. We are fairly inexperienced hikers but this was still very easy, felt more like a nature walk.

hiking
10 months ago

We went in April and there was a lot of water, and the waterfalls and pools were really cool. We went back in July and all the water was gone. It was kind of sad because we were hoping to swim in the pools, but nonetheless it's still a fun hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy enough hike while still feeling like an adventure. The water is nice and it wasn't too crowded in mid May.

hiking
11 months ago

Great little hike! Our teenagers loved it! Couldn't get to the end. There was a slick rock we couldn't get up. Made it about 3/4 of the way. Still a lot of fun! Not really any water in the stream in July.

11 months ago

Beautiful- fun hike, but there was no water. :( I guess the July heat dried it up lol.. cuts for the stairs is dangerous with a 4yr old. For adults and teens it's a small thrill however still dangerous when there is no water to break the fall.

11 months ago

A beautiful, kid-friendly hike. We went as far as the pool with the cut in stairs and thought it was perfect. The water is a great way to cool off on a hot day.

11 months ago

This hike was beautiful! We were a little disappointed that the pools were so small, but that's what you get for going in July. Still worth seeing! We plan to go back later in the year when the pools are full.

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