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Yellow Knolls - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Yellow Knolls - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Distance: 4 miles

TRAIL SUMMARY

Featuring red sand, black/white rock, and many native plants, Yellow Knolls seems to be the full package.  After turning back at the connection with High Point trail, the trail is 4 miles round trip and is well marked.  The hike includes a single dirt path which becomes all sand after about 1 mile.  There is a small stretch that gets rocky and there is no shade.  At the start, the trail quickly descends toward the wash then slowly ascends throughout the hike for a total elevation change of about 350 feet.  Because of its longer distance and occasional tough terrain, Yellow Knolls is rated as a moderate hike, but it can be enjoyed by hikers of all skill levels.  The path features a wide range of flowers and wildlife making it a great trail for kids or for walking a dog.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

4 miles

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

Trailhead: 37.190111, -113.578111

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

7.8 miles (17 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, Slick Rock, Sandy, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Direction to Trailhead:  From St George, head north on S 700 E toward E 600 S.  Turn right onto St George Blvd.  At the intersection, turn left onto N 1000 E then turn right onto E Red Hills Pkwy at the light.  After 0.9 miles, turn left onto Cottonwood Springs Rd.  Continue straight as road turns into Old Dump Rd and keep a left when road bends.

Trailhead and parking for Yellow Knolls will be on the right after about 4 miles.  There is a parking lot at the Trailhead with multiple places to parking.

Important: Old Dump Rd is becomes a dirt road.

FLORA AND FAUNA

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

TRAIL REPORT

Located in the Broken Mesa area of the Red Cliffs National Conservation, the trail offers a peaceful and quiet hike.  Yellow Knolls begins with a descent of about 230 feet and slowly ascends as it carves a scenic path through various terrains.  This makes it a great place to walk a dog or take pictures.  The different landscapes and unique features provide a great place to explore and entertain kids.  Yellow Knolls Trail is a spectacular and highly recommended hike right in St. George’s backyard.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Spencer McMullin

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