Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Halfway Wash Trail

Recommended Users: Equestrians, Hikers, Mountain Bikers
Type: Two-track
Length: 0.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy/Easiest
Sub-Area: Paradise Canyon
Zone: Lowland
Managing Agency:  BLM
Access:  Chuckwalla Trailhead—From I-15 Exit 6, turn north onto Bluff Street (State Route 18). Travel 4 miles until reaching the trailhead on the left. Watch for trail users as the trailhead entrance road crosses the SR 18 multi-use trail. Follow the Chuckwalla Trail for 0.91 miles and turn onto the Turtle Wall Trail. At 0.07 miles turn left onto the Halfway Way Trail.
Gap Access Point—From I-15 Exit 6, turn north onto Bluff Street (State Route 18). Travel 3.7 miles and turn left on Snow Canyon Parkway. Travel 1.5 miles and turn right on Castle Rock Road (enter Castle Rock Subdivision). Travel 0.2 miles and turn right on Cascade Canyon Drive. Continue 0.1 miles and look for the trail access point on the left. Park on the street. Travel 0.4 miles on the Gap Trail until reaching the intersection with the Paradise Rim Trail. Turn right on Paradise Rim Trail and continue 0.3 miles until reaching Halfway Wash Trail. From this intersection the trail runs both north and south.
Halfway Half Access Point—This trail access point has NO public parking. Trail users wishing to use this access must enter on foot from the Snow Canyon multi-use trail, (a paved trail that parallels the Snow Canyon Parkway). From Snow Canyon Trail enter the footpath on either the east or west side of Halfway Wash. Continue .4 miles until reaching the access point at the fenced boundary of the NCA.
Description: This popular trail is used to create loops in conjunction with other trails in the Paradise Canyon area. It is a dirt singletrack* that parallels Halfway Wash, a heavily vegetated riparian area rich in wildlife.
Loop 1: For a 4 mile loop start on Chuckwalla and continue to Turtle Wall. Turn left onto Turtle Wall, left onto Paradise Rim, left onto Halfway Wash, right onto Turtle Wall, and right onto Chuckwalla, which will return to the Chuckwalla Trailhead.
Loop 2: For a 2.5 mile loop, take the Gap to Paradise Rim. Turn right onto Paradise Rim, left Halfway Wash, left onto Turtle Wall, left onto Paradise Rim, and right onto Gecko, and right onto Gap, which will return to the Gap Trailhead.
*It used to be a singletrack, but heavy use by all non-motorized users has significantly increased its width to a two-track. Please respect this quality habitat area, stay on the designated trail, and avoid expanding its ever widening footprint.

Area Trails Map

View of the trail and its adjacent shrubbery