Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area
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trailheadTake the Cedar Pockets Interchange and find yourself in the middle of a wilderness wonderland. The Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area is the only developed campground you will find on the Arizona Strip. Whether you are having a picnic, or spending the night, don't neglect to hike the short trails leading to the Virgin River, and to a hilltop site where geology and history are explained. Keep a lookout for Bighorn Sheep who live on the rocky crags above the gorge. 

The campground is open all year with 75 developed sites (many are pull-throughs), tables, charcoal grills, water, flush toilets, two handicapped-accessible sites and paved roads. The 33-site day use area offers picnic tables, charcoal grills, shade shelters and rest rooms. Three group sites are available by reservation.

The Recreation Area is located off of Interstate 15 about 20 miles southwest of St. George Utah and about 20 miles northeast of Mesquite, Nevada. Take the Cedar Pockets exit, located halfway through the Virgin River Gorge. Fees are charged for overnight camping and group use. Campsites are $8.00 per night. Holders of a Golden Age or Golden Access permit are entitled to a 50% discount. Your recreation fees are returned to the Recreation Area for continued operation and maintenance.

Nestled in a pocket of the spectacular Virgin River Gorge, this recreation area is surrounded by colorful cliffs and rocky canyons. The Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area offers a developed campground, picnic/day use area, access to the Virgin River and two wilderness areas, and 2 hiking trails.

Virgin River Gorge Nature Trail - 0.2 miles; easy

Enter the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area and park at the top of the hill where the campground loop roads split.  This surfaced trail climbs 40 feet to the crest of a desert shrub-covered hill that commands an impressive view of the heart of the Virgin River Gorge.  Interpretive plaques at the summit display historic, geologic, and other information of interest. 

Sullivan Canyon Trail

For additional information or to make a group reservation, contact:


  Arizona Strip Field Office 
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790-6714
Phone: (435) 688-3200
Fax: (435) 688-3258
Field Manager:  Lorraine Christian 
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday