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Black Gulch - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Black Gulch - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Distance: 3.5 miles round-trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

Black Gulch is labeled as a trail by the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve but the path is not marked or clear.  The trail is named after the gulch it follows as it connects Lange’s Dugway trail and Winchester trail.  Without the proper footwear or ability, this hike is almost impossible.  Hikers climb over large rocks occasionally dropping from heights.  Impressive rock formations and some abandoned cars are found along the path.  Watch weather to avoid flash floods.  Black Gulch could be a great place to explore with a dog but this hike is for the adventurous.  For this reason, hikers need to be prepared for a strenuous hike.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Strenuous

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

3.5 miles round-trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

37.209639, -113.585168

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

BLM, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

9.1 miles (19 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes

BIKERS ALLOWED

No

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

No

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Spring, Fall, Winter

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Morning, Afternoon

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, Slick Rock, Sandy, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Partial Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Directions to Trailhead:  From St George, head north on S 700 E toward E 600 S.  Turn right onto St George Blvd.  At the intersection, turn left onto N 1000 E then turn right onto E Red Hills Pkwy at the light.  After 0.9 miles, turn left onto Cottonwood Springs Rd.  Continue straight as road turns into Old Dump Rd and keep a left when road bends.

The Black Gulch trailhead and parking will be on the right after about 5 miles.  There is a parking lot at the trailhead with multiple places to parking.  Access to the trail is found across the street.  The trail for Black Gulch begins at the mouth of the valley after about 700 feet.

Important: Old Dump Rd is becomes a dirt road.

FLORA AND FAUNA

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

TRAIL REPORT

This hike is for the adventurous.  Black Gulch might not even be considered a trail anymore.  The hike is on Red Cliffs Desert Reserve maps and websites but there was no real sign of a path.

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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