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Beck Hill - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Beck Hill - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Distance: 5.1 miles (from Chuckwalla Trail - 7.1 miles total)

TRAIL SUMMARY

Stretching along the canyon, Beck Hill features a beautiful landscape that is good for all skill levels.  The trailhead is accessed through Chuckwalla trail (1 mi.) next to the Turtle Wall trailhead and is well marked.  Consisting of a a single dirt path, the hike is mostly sandy with a steady incline that descends to connect with Paradise Rim.  Along with a great view, Beck Hill is known to have the most tortoise sighting.  Many other wildlife is often spotted, specifically hawks, eagles, rabbits, lizards, and roadrunners.  Though it is occasionally hiked as part of a loop with Paradise Rim, Beck Hill is a great hike for those looking for a scenic 5 mile hike located near St. George.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

5.1 miles (from Chuckwalla Trail - 7.1 miles total)

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

Trailhead:  37.146306, -113.611222
Connection with Paradise Rim:  37.156333, -113.622556

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

4.3 Miles (9 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

Vault Toilets at Trailhead

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes, on 6 ft leash

BIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

Yes

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Spring, Fall, Winter

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Morning, Evening

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

COST

No Cost

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

No Water Sources Available

CAMP SITES

No Camping Available on Trail

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Dirt Double Track, Sandy, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Directions to parking at Trailhead.  Walking directions to Trailhead via Chuckwalla Trail.  Trailhead is accessed through Chuckwalla Climbing Area.  These directions lead to the parking lot at Chuckwalla, then, direct to Beck Hill Trailhead via Chuckwalla Trail.

From St George, head north on Bluff Street.  Keep right towards Enterprise and continue straight as road turns into Hwy 18.  In 0.1 miles, immediately take the first left turn onto Country Rd and park.  After parking, follow Chuckwalla Trail for 1 mile (about 15 minutes) until Chuckwalla Trail ends at the junction between Turtle Wall and Beck Hill.  Beck Hill Trail begins with the path to the right and is well marked.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.

TRAIL REPORT

Beck Hill follows a unique path along various rock formations and landscapes.  The trail is a mostly sand with a mix of rocks and does not offer any shade.  There are noticeable inclines and declines but the path is still good for all levels of hikers.  The peak elevation offers a scenic view that is great for pictures.  Beck Hill is filled with unique rock formations, diverse wildlife, and flowers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Spencer McMullin

Spencer McMullin is originally from Connecticut but has deep ties to the Southern Utah area.  His passion for adventure and photography has lead him to HikeStGeorge.

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