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Padre Canyon via Tuacahn

Padre Canyon via Tuacahn

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Distance: 4.2 miles

TRAIL SUMMARY

Starting from Tuacahn, Padre Canyon is beautiful hike with a great view.  The single dirt path consists of sand and rock.  Padre Canyon climbs up the mountain and continues into the Snow Canyon area.  Its steep incline and high elevation makes it a moderate hike not for everyone.  After the summit, the trail is not well marked but the path is clear throughout the hike.  Hikers often turn around and head back to Tuacahn but the official trail descends into the Red Mountain Wilderness area and connects with Snow Canyon trails.  The elevation graph below, however, shows the hike stats as one-way to the official end.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

4.2 miles

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

Trailhead: 37°11’26.2″N 113°39’24.5″W
Highest Elavation/Viewpoint: 37°11’51.0″N 113°39’36.7″W
Official End: 37°12’40.6″N 113°39’27.0″W

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

9.4 miles (18 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

No

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

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

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Directions to Trailhead:  Head East on 700 S and turn left onto Bluff St.  Continue on Bluff St and keep right towards Ivins.  Take the exit on the left and turn left at the intersection onto Snow Canyon Pkwy.  Follow Snow Canyon Pkwy for 3.2.  At the second traffic circle, take the first exit onto Snow Canyon Dr and immediatly turn left onto Tuacahn Dr.  Follow Tuacahn Dr for about 1.6 miles until the entrance/parking lot for Tuacahn.  Trailhead is found to the right of Tuacahn behind the “Student Drop-Off” 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

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