Enjoy a fun hike with the family, this is a popular place for hikers and a definite win for the kids when they get to see the inside of a huge red cave! There are a couple of ways to reach the cave. First, from the north via the Johnson Canyon trail. This trail is well marked (except for the area when you have to climb a bit to reach the caves) and it’s pretty easy to let your kids roam a little bit (always, of course, respecting wildlife and staying on the trail).
You’ll want to make sure everyone has sturdy shoes because there are sharp lava rocks all over the trail. You also pass through a wash which poses the risk of flash floods during rainstorms. After the wash, you’ll get a glimpse of two caves up on the hillside ahead (you’ll want the one on the left). From there, you’ll reach the stairs – at least 4 flights worth – and afterward you will find a path among the rocks towards the caves.
Alternatively, from the Chuckwalla trailhead, a short distance from the Gila and Beck Hill Junction, hikers can take the unsigned Scout Cave Trail to the left, or the signed trail to the right a little further up the trail (great for horses). The rocky trail heads west for a bit before it starts the descent down towards the cave. This trail is moderate to strenuous difficulty due to the steep and rocky descent.
Enjoy the beautiful red rocks and desert plants. If you’re lucky you’ll see desert animals like tortoises or lizards. Bring enough water as there is no water here and lots of sun.