Chuckwalla Trail - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance: 1.9 miles
Located in the Paradise Canyon area, Chuckwalla is a major link for trails like Turtle Wall, Beck Hill, Paradise Rim, Halfway Wash, The Gap, and Gecko. This hike has the whole package. The path is mostly dirt with some sand and is well marked. Chuckwalla offers a beautiful scenery and features a variety of wildlife making it very family friendly. The hike is also dog friendly and a great place to walk a dog. Hikers enjoy exploring the trail’s unique rock formations as well as connecting with other trails that expand into the area. Desert tortoises, rabbits, eagles, and other wildlife are often spotted along the path. Chuckwalla is a great trail that takes hikers right into nature. Gila monsters are known to be in this area so keep your eye out for this unique experience!
ROUND TRIP LENGTH
AVERAGE HIKE TIME
Trailhead: 37.138278, -113.604722
Connection with Beck Hill and Turtle Wall: 37.146306, -113.611222
Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE
4.3 Miles (9 mins driving)
Vault Toilets at Trailhead
Out & Back
BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE
Great Year Round
BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE
Morning, Afternoon, Evening
No Permit Required
WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE
No Water Sources Available
No Camping Available on Trail
Dirt Single Track, Sandy, Dry Wash
Full Sun Exposure
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD
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.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Chuckwalla is one of the most popular hiking areas in the area. While many people enjoy exploring the unique rock formations, the trail path is very clear and easy to follow. Some of the path is in dry wash. Though there is not a view point, the scenery along the trail is still very pretty. Connecting with other trails will lead to more views and more wildlife. Overall, this trail and area is very popular for exploring.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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