Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Tipple Trail

Recommended Users: Equestrians, Hikers, Mountain Bikers
 
Type: Two-track
 
Length: 1 mile
 
 
 
Sub-Area:  White Reef
 
Managing Agency: BLM
 
Access: Red Cliffs Recreation Area – From I-15 Exit 22* (northbound only), turn right onto the frontage road at the end of the freeway off-ramp. Travel south 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 one of the day use parking spaces.
 
*From I-15 Exit 23 (southbound only), turn left on Silver Reef Road at the end of the freeway off-ramp. Turn right onto Main Street and travel south for 3.5 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 one of the day use parking spaces.
 
Description:  To reach Tipple Trail take Red Reef East Trail for just under 0.7 miles. Turn right onto Tipple Trail. The trail ends at the National Conservation Area boundary, but continues as a road heading east to the Silver Reef area. Be aware that this trail crosses Leeds Creek. Leeds Creek runs water year-round and at times may be too high to safely cross on foot.
 
The trail is and old two-track, possibly a remnant of early mining days used to access claims. Its name comes from the one mining ruin (a tipple*) still visible from the trail. The views to the north are of the wild and beautiful Red Reef within the BLM Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness and the USFS Cottonwood Wilderness.  From its highest elevations, long distance views are possible into the St. George basin to the south.
 
Loop: For a 4.2 mile grand tour of the White Reef Sub-Area, start at the White Reef Trailhead (see directions under the White Reef Trail). Take the White Reef Trail from the trailhead for 0.2 miles. Turn right on Leeds Reef Trail and continue to Adit Trail for 1.44 miles. Turn left on Adit Trail and continue for 0.23 miles until reaching Tipple Trail. Turn left onto Tipple Trail and follow it until it ends 1 mile later at Red Reef East Trail. Turn left on Red Reef East Trail and continue to the Red Cliffs Campground for 0.7 miles. The trail ends between campsites #8 and #9. Turn left on the road. Follow the road back to the White Reef Trailhead for another 1.6 miles.
 
*A tipple is a structure used for loading material onto some type of carrier (truckbed, railcar, etc.)

 

Leeds Creek