Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

East Reef Trail

Recommended Trail Users: Equestrians, Hikers, Mountain Bikers
 
Type: Two-track
 
Length: 1.55 miles
 
Difficulty: Moderate/Easiest
 
 
Sub-Area: Babylon
 
Zone: Upland
 
Property Management:  BLM and State
 
Access:  Historic Babylon 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 2 miles to the Toquerville Mine Trailhead (horse trailers should park here). Continue another 2 miles to the Historic Babylon Trailhead. The trailhead has two parking spaces. If full, do not park on the side of the narrow road, but return to the Sand Cove Trailhead (1 mile back) and hike/bike/ride in.
 
Description: For a 2.1 mile loop, travel .2 miles on the Historic Babylon Trail. Turn left at the intersection of the East Reef Trail and Historic Babylon Trail and continue until reaching the Babylon Road again. Continue north on the road for .4 miles to return to the Historic Babylon Trailhead.
 
East Reef Trail is named after the geologic formation that it partially encircles. Early Pioneers mined the East Reef (as well as other regional locations) for silver. Mining adits, now gated for bat access only or otherwise permanently closed, dot the face of the reef and can be seen from the trail. East Reef Trail is an old two-track, wide at times but narrow at others, showing off both Triassic and Jurassic aged formations. Exposures of the Chinle, Moenave, and lower Kayenta formations provide a strikingly beautiful backdrop. Also look for the Ancestral Puebloan petroglyph panel directly adjacent to the trail.

Area Trails Map

View of the city from afar behind mountain tops and a wash


Petroglyph alongside the trail


View of the formations and mountains beyond