Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Arch Trail

Recommended Trail Users: Hikers
 
Type: Route
 
Length: 1 mile
 
Difficulty: Moderate
 
 
Sub-Area: Babylon
 
Zone: Upland
 
Property Management: BLM
 
Access:   Sand Cove Trailhead – From I-15 north take Exit 22 and continue straight on Main Street through downtown Leeds and travel 2.2 miles to Babylon Road (900 N). From 1-15 south take Exit 23 and turn left on Silver Reef Road and then immediately turn left on Main Street and continue .7 miles to Babylon Road.
 
Turn right onto Babylon Road (900 N). This road requires a high clearance vehicle and may require 4x4 wheel drive past the Toquerville Mine Trailhead (depending on sand and mud conditions). Continue another 3.9 miles to major triangle intersection (should be signed) and turn left. Travel less than .1 miles and turn right into the Sand Cove Trailhead.
 
Sandstone Mountain Primitive Camping – Continue past the Sand Cove Trailhead for .2 miles and turn right. Continue on a narrow, 4x4 wheel drive only road for .5 miles until reaching a wood pole fenced area. Note: This road crosses a steep desert wash that can be impassable during or after a flood event.
 
Description: From Sand Cove Trailhead take the Flicker Trail for just over .2 miles until it intersects with a dirt road. Turn right and follow the dirt road for .4 miles to the Sandstone Mountain Primitive Camping area. Look for the trail sign that marks the beginning of the trail.
 
The Arch Trail leads to the Babylon Arch (.5 miles) and the Virgin River (l mile). The first .3 mile winds through a rocky drainage with interesting red sandstone hoodoos and pinnacles. The last .2 miles to the Babylon Arch alternate between rock and sand. Between the Arch and the Virgin River the trail is sandy (sometimes hard-packed, sometimes not.) The Virgin River Trail intersects the end of the Arch Trail.

 

Area Trails Map

View of red rocks and mountains in the distance


Hiker atop a red rock formation


View of a river the trail snakes by


panoramic view of the landscape and an arch the trail goes through