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Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Red Mountain Trail

Recommended Trail Users: Hikers, Horses

Type: Two-track/Route 

Length: 8.8 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous
Sub-Area: Red Mountain Wilderness

Managing Agency: BLM and Snow Canyon State Park

Access:  Red Mountain Trailhead—From I-15 Exit 6 take Bluff Street north/ State Route18. Travel 3.7 miles to Snow Canyon Parkway and continue straight on Bluff Street/ SR 18 through the intersection. Continue north for another 11.4 miles. Turn left onto a gravel access road leading directly into the trailhead (the turnoff from SR 18 is marked with a large highway sign). 

Description: This route travels through the Red Mountain Wilderness from the Red Mountain Trailhead south to Ivins City. The route consists of rugged, rocky two-track, and sandy singletrack. From the trailhead, follow the fenced-in corridor up to the stepover. (This route section is open to OHV users. The fencing keeps OHV intrusions from occurring in Wilderness.) Continue south as the route travels through a landscape of red sandstone covered by a Pinyon-Juniper vegetation community. At 1.8 miles, note the sign for the Snow Canyon Overlook Trail on the left. This short, deep sand route, ends at a viewpoint that showcases the spectacular Snow Canyon.

The Red Mountain Trail briefly heads southwest and drops elevation, before turning directly south once again.  Continuing south to Ivins requires navigation skills as the route is faint and hard to follow from this point. Sandy conditions coupled with expanses of slickrock make route finding difficult. Many hikers enjoy exploring the large expanse of slickrock (about 1.5 miles past the Snow Canyon Overlook Trail intersection and east of the Red Mountain Trail) before returning to the trailhead. The route continues south hugging the east edge of the mountain above Snow Canyon on a sandy singletrack. The land drops gradually downhill to the south heading towards Ivins until finally reaching the far southern edge of Red Mountain. A steep, rocky descent is required to reach the Toe Trail at the bottom of the mountain in Ivins.

Note: This trail is not maintained or marked, and should be considered backcountry travel.  Navigational aids are strongly recommended. Search and rescue operations are not uncommon for hikers lost in this wilderness as distances are deceiving and many people go unprepared for the rugged conditions. Also keep in mind that all creeks and washes are subject to flash flooding. Please read Know Before You Go.

View of terrain on top of Red Mountain

Area Trails Map

Prepared Hiker on Rugged Red Mountain Trail 

Hiker enjoying the view from edge of Red Mountain