Bearclaw-Poppy Trail System
The trails in this system sit beneath the infamous Bloomington Hill/Red Bluff (on the east) and are bounded by the equally well known Curley Hollow Road (on the south) and Stucki Springs Road (on the north). This area is part of the Red Bluff Area of Critical Environmental Concern
(ACEC), which was designated for the protection of the Dwarf Bearclaw Poppy
). Federally listed as endangered
, the Dwarf Bearclaw-Poppy is found only in Washington County, Utah. As such, the protection of its habitat is critical to its survival.
Before the development of the trail system, motorized and non-motorized users were contributing to an astounding proliferation of trails, threatening the existence of the poppy. Now, a large portion of the ACEC is closed to motorized use (fences demarcate most of the closed area) and all users are restricted to designated roads and trails.
Please stay on designated trails. This area contains an abundance of cryptobiotic soils and poppy-loving gypsiferous clay soils, which are extremely soft and easily damaged. The old user created trails as well as any new illegal trails will take years to habilitate. If you experience any directional confusion, please contact us at 688-3200.