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Rusty Cliffs - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Rusty Cliffs - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Distance: 6.7 miles round trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

Named after the brown and red rust like mountains, Rusty Cliffs almost follows highway 18 for 3.33 miles.  The trail very well marked and somewhat easy to follow.  During the stretches that are unclear, there is almost always a sign visible in the distance or rock formations that guide.  The path is sandy  at times and does have an occasional incline.  Throughout the hike there is a great view of the red mountains and St. George.  The path winds until reaching the trail for City Creek at an underpass under Red Hills Pkwy.  The hike is often used for horse riding.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

6.7 miles round trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

37.168320, -113.615369

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Snow Canyon State Park

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

6.6 miles (11 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

No Camping Available on Trail

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Dirt Double Track, Sandy, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Head south on S 700 E. Turn right onto Bluff St. Keep right to continue on State Rd 18 N.  Continue straight towards Pine Valley for about 2.6 miles. After the bend, there is a turn on the right with space to park.  This is also used as an entrance for private property so please respect the the owners.  There is a step over into the trail and a sign that indicates the beginning.

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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