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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  • Loved, loved, loved this place. Drive thru park with lots of stopping areas. Get out and walk the trails, or ride a bike, and/or camp. Climb the rocks to catch a view. Go thru park catch one view....  more
    Loved, loved, loved this place. Drive thru park with lots of stopping areas. Get out and walk the trails, or ride a bike, and/or camp. Climb the rocks to catch a view. Go thru park catch one view....  more »
  • An enormous area to explore right next to the city. The parking near the trailhead is not extensive (just a few spots) and not easy to find without the GPS. Bring plenty of water, as always. 
    An enormous area to explore right next to the city. The parking near the trailhead is not extensive (just a few spots) and not easy to find without the GPS. Bring plenty of water, as always.  more »
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  • Been here several times and it is different every season. I love that it can be a quick hike or several hours. This is a great hike for the entire family. While it is not the easiest hike to drive to or from it is worth it. Plan to arrive early as there are not a ton of parking spaces available. Also be aware there is an access fee to enter. Camping is available but I've never done it.
  • So much fun! Great hikes for all ages and abilities with fun little spots to play in the water as well. Excellent for picnics and day use.

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