Out and Back
Take Interstate 15 north to Exit 22. At the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Old Highway 91. This road will run parallel to I-15 for five miles. Just before the five miles you’ll see a sign that says Red Cliffs Recreation Area and Red Cliffs National Conservation Area with arrows pointing right. Turn right onto a narrow road that will go under I-15. It is a narrow and short underpass of sorts. Continue under two freeway tunnels (tunnels restrict vehicle size to less than 12 feet in height and width) After you go under I-15 the road ends at a “T” intersection. Turn left here, staying on the paved road. In 0.3 miles the road will curve to the right and take you to the Ranger station. As of May 2017, it is $5 dollar fee to use the recreation area that is paid at a self-pay station near the entrance of the campground.
This hike is the most popular hike in the Red Cliffs area. The hike roughly follows Quail Creek into Water Canyon, and typically dries up during the hotter summer months, but runs during the Spring and can be prone to flash floods, so as with any type of canyon hike, check the weather reports.
This trail provides spectacular views at any time of the year because of the variety of plants and rock formations. If you are looking for a water hike, this trail is best traveled in early to late spring, or after a series of good rain storms in the area.
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.