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Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Padre Canyon Trail

Recommended Trail Users: Hikers
Length: 2.39 miles

Difficulty: Moderate
Sub Area: Red Mountain Wilderness

Zone: Lowland/Upland
Managing Agency: BLM/Snow Canyon State Park/Private
Access: This trail can be accessed either at its southern terminus at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre parking lot, or from Snow Canyon State Park. Tuacahn Amphitheatre is private and parking is at the discretion of the owner. Visitors are welcome to park in the lot when the main gates are open. If the gates are closed, do not park on the road shoulder as this is prohibited. 

If you choose to start at Snow Canyon State Park, be advised that there is an entrance fee. The Three Ponds Trailhead gives the most direct route to the Padre Canyon Trail from the Three Ponds Trail.

Description: The trail begins on private property at Tuacahn, travels through BLM managed lands, and ends in Snow Canyon State Park. Much of the trail is in the Red Mountain Wilderness. From the lower east side of the Tuacahn Amphitheater parking lot, drop into the wash that runs along the right side of the parking area on the east. Cross the wash and look for the single track trail that keeps hikers out the sandy wash. The trail skirts around the Tuacahn facility and its horse stables. The trail continues up the drainage, and starts climbing steeply towards a small saddle. There are multiple user made routes up the steep incline, but all take you to the saddle. Reaching the top, rewards the hiker with gorgeous views looking south towards Santa Clara City, and North into Snow Canyon State Park and the Red Mountain Wilderness. From here, the trail drops quickly into a jewel of a canyon, boasting some of the mossiest rocks in the region!  This area has a feel of being miles away from anywhere, without too much work to get there. Make your way over slick rock and hardened trail, crossing the wash a few times before it empties into a huge wash (otherwise known as the Three Ponds Trail) in Snow Canyon State Park. Heading east on the Three Ponds Trail leads back to the Three Ponds Trailhead.

Area Trails Map

Trail Passing in Between Large Rocks










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