Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Silver Reef Trail

Recommended Trail Users: Hikers

Type:  Singletrack
 
Length: 0.16 miles
 
Difficulty:  Moderate
 
 
 
Zone: Lowland
 
Managing Agency: BLM
 
Access: Red Cliffs Recreation Area – From St. George, travel north on Interstate 15 to Exit 22. At the end of the freeway off-ramp, turn right onto the frontage road. After approximately 2 miles, turn right just past the sign for the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. Proceed under the two freeway tunnels, and follow the paved road into the campground. Pay a day use fee and park in the day use area parking lot.
 
Description: The Silver Reef Trail leads to a lookout of the Silver Reef. Not just another pretty red rock face, the Silver Reef was mined for its deposits of silver (the only know silver ore deposits in a sandstone formation in the world). This trail also passes by well-preserved Eubrontes, Kanyentapus, and Grallator dinosaur tracks, which are millions of years old. The largest track site (reached by hiking a signed spur trail off the main trail) is interpreted; other locations are identified by markers with a dinosaur footprint. At the end of the main trail there is a lookout that offers an outstanding view of the surrounding area.

Area Trails Map


Two hikers looking at the dinosaur tracks

A Kayentapus Track

View from the Silver Reef lookout point