Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, St. George

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The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area is a 44,724-acre (180.99 km2) National Conservation Area located in southwest Utah, north of St. George at the northeasternmost edge of the Mojave Desert. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of the National Landscape Conservation System, and was created as part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.
The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA) is part of the larger multi-jurisdictional Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, which was created in 1996 to protect the habitat and populations of the desert tortoise and other species. Part of the NCA was designated in 2009 as the Cottonwood Canyon and Red Mountain wilderness areas, which are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

The Pine Valley Mountains and Dixie National Forest are north of the NCA. The NCA is located within the watershed of the Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado River. There are over 130 miles (210 km) of non-motorized trails in the NCA.

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  • I absolutely loved this place. I only wish I had had more time to explore it. I used to live in St. George when I was around 8 years old and then we moved away. This was my first real trip back since....  more »
  • How do you summarize 45,000 acres of ever-changing terrain? Climbing sandstone boulders; hiking sagebrush mesas; navigating creekside and waterfalls; or strolling through patches of succulents. No...  more »
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  • There are multiple trails. Red reef goes to "waterfall" if there is water. Silver reef goes to some dinosaur tracks. Another trail goes to an abandoned Indian site. My two year old girl was able to walk the Red Reef and Silver Reef trails. Many areas of shade along the way. We went at around 1pm over labor day weekend.
  • Beautiful scenery, and lots of fun hikes around. The trails aren't always clearly defined, but if you have the all trails app, it keeps you on your path pretty well. Worth going out and exploring when the weather isn't too hot!

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