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Mine Shaft - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Mine Shaft - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Difficulty Level: Easy

Distance: 0.9 miles round trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

Mine Shaft is a short trail within Red Cliffs Desert Reserve outside Leeds.  The trail can be accessed from Babylon Rd where there is a little pull out along the bend for about two cars to park.  There is no sign but a step over through the fence can be seen.  The trail runs for about 0.4 miles until connecting with Historic Babylon and Little Purgatory.  This area was originally used for mining silver and there are ruins/remains of these mine shafts before the path descends towards Historic Babylon.  The hike used to be considered a part of the East Reef trail but was changed to Mine Shaft for a little more clarity and to be easier to find.  Overall this is a small and short trail that descends or ascends (depending where you access) to connect Babylon Rd to Historic Babylon trail.  There are ruins of old silver mines but ultimately there isn’t much to this trail.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

0.9 miles round trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

37.207126, -113.343623

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

BIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

Yes

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Great Year Round

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Morning, Afternoon, Evening

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, 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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