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Overview

Red Cliffs Recreation Area includes a campground, day use areas, a non-motorized trail system, and interpreted public use sites. Dinosaurs left their footprints, now visible in the sandstone. Ancestral Puebloans lived here in the 10th century, growing corn, beans, and squash along Quail and Leeds Creek. Mid-19th century pioneers farmed here, supplying the area’s silver miners with food. Located within the Red Cliffs

National Conservation Area, the Recreation Area is managed to conserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the public lands. 

Recreation

The Red Reef Trail follows Quail Creek into the Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness and is a very popular hike in the spring when seasonal runoff fills water pockets and plunge pools in the stream channel. There are many other trails in the Recreation Area that are scenic and enjoyable for hikers and mountain bikers, for shorter, moderately difficult rides. The White Reef Trailhead accommodates both large and small horse trailers, making it an ideal place for equestrians to start a longer distance ride on the Prospector Trial which connects to the equally popular Church Rocks Trail for extended riding.

Facilities

The Red Cliffs Recreation Area ‘s campground is open year round and includes 11 campsites with shade shelters, picnic tables, potable water, and grills. Sites 8 and 11 are accessible for visitors with disabilities, while sites 6,7, and 10 have pull-through parking. Only two vehicles are allowed per campsite. Accessible vault toilets are located between sites 5 and 7. Pets must be on a leash and under control at all times. Quiet hours are from 9 pm to 7 am.

Fees

Interagency Annual, Access, Senior and Military Paases are hinored for day uase fees only. All fees collected at this site are used to fund operations, improvements, and repairs to the recreation area.

Camping Restrictions

Stays are limited to 14 days. To protect the area’s natural resources and to minimize impacts to private property, camping is prohibited on BLM managed lands within one mile of the recreation area.

Natural Features

The campground and day use areas of the Recreation Area are located at the base of towering red cliffs of Navajo Sandstone. Quail Creek flows through the campground and supports mature cottonwood trees and willows that provide shade for many of the campsites and the day use areas. You may see a flock of Gambel’s quail or hear canyon wrens as you hike the trails the follow Quail and Leeds Creeks. If you’re lucky, you might spot a Mojave desert tortoise or a Gila monster, whose beaded skin and bold color patterns make it a standout among desert reptiles. To protect all of these native species and their habitats, please stay on designated trails.

Nearby Attractions

Quail Creek State Park. Zion National Park.

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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Pine Valley Recreation Area
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11.3mi
Pine Valley Guard Station
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11.4mi
Baker Dam Campground
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Watchman Campground
Zion National Park
23.0mi 95%
South Campground (Ut)
Zion National Park
23.0mi 81%
Deer Haven
Dixie National Forest
36.5mi
90%
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