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Red Reef Trail

by | Feb 1, 2021 | Hiking

Red Reef Trail is located within the Red Cliff Recreation area in Leeds, Utah. Leeds is about 30 minutes from Zion National Park, and about 15 minutes north of St. George. The entrance to the park is easy to miss, so keep an eye out for the tunnels under the freeway. Once you find it though, it is impossible to forget. There is a campground that has about 10 sites. Only about 7 can accomodate a trailer or an RV. They are first come, first serve. If you can’t get a site here, no worries. It is worth coming here just for the day! The Red Reef trail starts in the campground and goes about 2 miles into the canyon. The trail is cut into the the red clay river bottom that sits at the base of red and orange rock walls. There are many paths that run along this trail that give hikers the opportunity to climb through the rocks. Caves and tunnels provide fun obstacles. As you get deeper in the canyon, a stream begins to crisscross the trail, leading you to pools of clear water. The pooling water takes over the path forcing hikers to climb a ledge using rope. Not to worry though, we watched a kid about 5 years old navigate it with ease. In the warmer months, these pools provide a good cool off, so bring your swimsuit. This stream eventually runs into Quail Creek, another attraction worth your time. Overall this hike is great for families and hikers of all ages. Some unbelievable views and enough obstacles for those wanting to stretch it out.