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Gecko - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Gecko - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Difficulty Level: Easy

Distance: 0.6 miles (from The Gap trail - 0.61 miles total)

TRAIL SUMMARY

The Gecko trail is a short and easy path along the rim of Paradise Canyon.  The trail is accessed on The Gap trail about 100 meters from trailhead.  It is 0.6 miles round trip and is often hiked as an alternative connection for the loop between The Gap and Paradise Rim.  The single path is sandy and rocky with a steady elevation which provides a great view.  With full sun exposure, the trail is best hiked in the morning/evening and is a quick hike great for kids, walking dogs, and hikers of all skill levels.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

0.6 miles (from The Gap trail - 0.61 miles total)

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

Trailhead: 37.144667, -113.618361
Connection with Paradise Rim:  37.147750, -113.619917

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

5.5 Miles (12 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes

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, Sandy, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Gecko Trailhead is accessed about 100 meters into The Gap trail.  These directions lead to The Gap Trailhead.  After arriving at The Gap Trailhead, follow The Gap trail for 100 meters to Gecko Trailhead which starts on the left.  The path is marked, so look for marker indicating Gecko trail.

Directions to The Gap Trailhead: Follow S 700 E to Bluff St.  Turn right onto Bluff St to head north towards Snow Canyon.  At Bluff St intersection, keep right on the Ivins exit and take the left exit to turn onto W Snow Canyon Pkwy at the light.  Continue west on W Snow Canyon Pkwy for 1.5 miles then turn right onto N Castle Rock Rd.  Then, continue straight to turn right onto N Cascade Canyon Dr, the last street in the neighborhood.  The Gap Trailhead is located about 350 feet on the left.  Entrance to Trailhead is well marked and easy to notice.

Streetside or curbside parking is the only parking available.

Follow The Gap trail for 100 meters to access Gecko Trailhead.

FLORA AND FAUNA

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

TRAIL REPORT

Located right outside St. George, Gecko trail is great for anyone looking for a short hike with a great view.  The trail contains numerous wildlife and flowers as well as a view of the Paradise Canyon Area.  There are great opportunities for pictures and observing wildlife.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Spencer McMullin

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