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muddy
11 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Such a beautiful day and a perfect hike! The trail was well marked on Bone Wash and then up to Elephant Arch. I made the mistake of continuing on Bone wash and had to retrace my steps a little. The arch was easy to spot from about 200 feet. I suggest climbing up behind the elephant for the best pictures. Fun hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail with great reviews. I imagine sand would be deep in Summer. Overall great family hike!

hiking
1 month ago

It rained the entire day yesterday. Today I biked the trail and it was great. There were only a couple spots that had mud or water. Fun ride.

hiking
1 month ago

Take snacks for younger hikers and lots of water.

hiking
1 month ago

Well marked trail. Beautiful hike through Bone Wash to get there.. Thank you Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.

1/12/2019 Did the elephant arch hike this morning and then to the end of the Bone Wash. We hiked two and a half hours on both trails. Easy fun hike and. the weather was perfect for a little over five miles. We like doing it a few times between January and April.

hiking
1 month ago

The directions to the Trail head need to be updated. Once you hit the fire station continue on to the second street on your left which is Main Street. Turn left on to Main and into the Brio home development. Main Street turns into a dirt road. Continue on the dirt road to the trail head.

Started at the Cotton creek trailhead. Very nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail. Basically a service road until you get to the Wilderness section which was over 2 miles down. We did not see signs for Elephant Arch, but if you follow the Mill Creek signs, it will lead you to Elephant Rock. From Trail head where we parked it was about 6 mile round trip outing.

hiking
2 months ago

IMPORTANT: tracks at bottom of first hill, raised tracks in first picture are not on the trail

hiking
2 months ago

Such a mellow hike through a lot of pretty canyons and dry river beds. The beginning wasn’t quite as scenic, but after about the first mile, it gets much more enjoyable. About 4 miles round trip - great family hike.

2 months ago

Really neat. Easy hike. Beautiful views. Ancient History. According to the evidence, the Ancient Natives were riding dinosaurs. Check it out!

hiking
2 months ago

My friend and I hit this trail yesterday. We walked 2.5 miles out all the way to the grapevine trail and then headed back not seeing anything. The tracks are right at the beginning, at the bottom of the first hill not far from the trailhead. We completely missed them going in. We laughed so hard. Despite the little sign talking about the tracks, we didn’t realize that was where they were located. Lots of sand covered the tracks. In fact the track in the first picture (the raised one with the interesting patterns in the rock) was completely covered. We had a blast either way. The entire trail is beautiful. Also the dirt road from the neighborhood to the trailhead was easy to drive in my 2WD truck.

on Dino Cliffs Trail

2 months ago

Beautiful hike! I was hoping to see more dinosaur tracks along the hike other than those that are at the bottom of the first hill. I never did see the tracks shown in the first picture for this trail. Not sure where that track is located. The scenery is gorgeous and worth hiking the full trail out and back.

Follow-up to my post. It turns out the raised dinosaur track currently shown as the first picture for this hike is not actually a dinosaur track that is on this hike. It can be found a couple of miles from this hike at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. https://www.utahdinosaurs.com/

walking
2 months ago

Great View! Connects to Sand Hill which connects to Elephant Arch.. Wouldn’t mind making a day out of that!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a fun little hike with a great photo opportunity at the end.

on Elephant Arch Trail

2 months ago

Beautiful scenery, and a good easy-moderate hike.

Good tough trail to run. From about mile 3 to 5 there is a decent amount of sand that you run/walk in then after that it is a great run.

hiking
3 months ago

A sandy trail that is easily navigated and clearly marked! The arch was totally worth the hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail. Just expect to climb steep climb in the sand going back to your vehicle,

Half the hike, you’re walking through a construction zone. Construction vehicles making tons of noise. Too much construction and house building around the area are ruining this hike. Some nice views when you finally start walking along the roller-coaster-like ridgeline, but nothing really special. Trail looks like it’s meant for ATVs and mountain biking. Hike elsewhere.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Cool trail, lots of cool rock formations. A mix of sand, technical obstacles, climbing, and slick rock riding.
I joined up to castle rock via the Grapevine, and prospector trails.

on Dino Cliffs Trail

5 months ago

Gorgeous trail with stunning red cliffs and dino prints. However, it is short and you can hear traffic on the highway and see the sprawl of town on nearly the entire hike.

The dino prints were covered with sand from recent rain when I was there. You may need to look closely and brush them off. Be careful not to step on them, they are right on the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Some interesting rock formations, but mostly it's a boring hike. I definitely wouldn't want to do it in the summer, it's 100% exposed. The trail is fairly well marked but can be easy to lose in spots.

It was dank yo.

hiking
7 months ago

The end of this hike is worth 5 stars, but overall I give it four. If you start your hike where the pavement currently ends (the entrance to the Brio home development), it’s about 7 miles round trip up to Elephant Arch and back. Once you get off the unpaved dirt road and start your ascent up Bone Wash, heading toward the arch, the real beauty of this hike begins.

hiking
9 months ago

The trailhead was hard to find because a new neighborhood is being developed and we had to drive through a construction site to reach it. The hike was interesting and different. Definitely don’t regret hiking it once. One thing I didn’t like about the hike is that it didn’t lead to a final destination of a scenic area. It simply led to a dirt road.

9 months ago

Elevation gain. Benches along the trail and pet waste stations. Pleasant walk.

trail running
9 months ago

This trail is good IF YOU LIKE STEEP. You can acess the ridgeline trail from several places on the west side but you'll be using your hands to hike up it's so steep. Once on top its a rollercoaster of hills, great for cardio training. When you get to the end of the ridgeline you can turn and return or loop down and around. It's steep thats all.

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