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Historic Babylon and Little Purgatory Loop - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Historic Babylon and Little Purgatory Loop - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Distance: 5.8 miles round trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

While Historic Babylon and Little Purgatory are two separate trails, they are almost always hiked together as a loop.  The pictures and map below show the loop as hiked starting with the Historic Babylon leg.  Because of the the rate of the hike, starting with the Historic Babylon is easiest.  Historic Babylon climbs for about 2.7 miles before connecting at the top of the hill with Little Purgatory.  At this point, there is a 360 view that showcases Zion National Park, the Hurricane Cliffs, Sandstone Mountain, the Pine Valley Mountains, and the Cottonwood Canyon.  Petroglyphs and Dinosaur tracks can be easily accessed a few feet from the trailhead.  The loop is a moderately difficult hike that takes almost three hours.  Hikers should expect no shade and a steady incline that produces an amazing view at the trail junction.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

5.8 miles round trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

21 miles (34 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

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, Afternoon

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

COST

No Cost

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

No Water Sources Available

CAMP SITES

Camping Available only in Designated Camping Area

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Sandy, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Directions to Trailhead: From St George, head north on I-15 for about 13 miles and take exit 22 to Leeds/Silver Reef. Head north on Hwy 228/Main Street for 2 miles and take a right onto 900 North (there is a sign indicating Red Cliffs National Conservation Area). Follow 900 North for about 4 miles where trailhead is located and marked with a sign.

FLORA AND FAUNA

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

TRAIL REPORT

Coming Soon.

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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