Hike to Turtle Wall | Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

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Hike to Turtle Wall | Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

After checking into our My Place Hotels, we quickly unloaded and headed on out for a sunset hike. My sister had done an easy hike that led to a turtle shaped rock formation, so you better believe my kids were excited! Turtle Wall is off of the Chuckwalla Trail in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and is about 1.4 miles one way. This hike is perfect for all ages. 

The first thing you'll see is the Chuckwalla Climbing Wall. One day we'll get into climbing again. 

It was actually kind of cold in the supposedly warm St. George area that night. Somehow we managed to come down when there was a bit of a nip in the air.

That didn't stop my kids from running the whole way...some without jackets. 


The trail goes through the Red Hills Desert Reserve and had quite a bit of lovely green grass. 

You get a great view of the city nearby too. It's been a good while since we've hiked in the Southern Utah Red Rocks and it felt SOOO good to be back!


The trail itself was sandy, but pretty packed down. Some part were quite washed out by rain, but it made for a more adventurous hike. I loved seeing all the red sand and red rocks. 


Our toddler couldn't stand it anymore being in her carrier, so we let her stretch out a bit. 


Be sure to follow the main trail and stay left if there is some kind of Y. 


You’ll know when you find Turtle Wall. It totally looks like a turtle.​


Hiking with kids is a lot of work, but so much more fun. 

The kids were super excited to go climb the turtle. 

There are all sorts of nooks and crannies for the kids to climb into. We should have spent more time exploring the rock formation, but the sun was setting and we needed to get back before dark. 


It was the perfect way to start our St. George Staycation. Be sure to follow along on our St. George Staycation Itinerary and our giveaway!

Harmony

Visitor Info

Entrance Fee(s): 
Free
Helpful Tips: 
  • We started the trail from Chuckwalla Trailhead at the Park Lot just off of Bluff Street. Follow the trail until you reach a Y in the trail. Turn left to follow Turtle Wall Trail. You'll know the turtle when you see it! 
  • #THESALTPROJECT
  • This hike was easy and perfect for all ages. We had our 4 year old son that ran the whole way and even our 60 something Mom was with us hiking too. 
  • 1.4 Miles one Way (So says Google.)
  • Bathrooms at the parking lot. None on the trail.
  • Heard that there are lots of bikers, beware on the trail.
  • Climbing Wall is right 
  • I would assume since we were in the dessert there could be snakes, chuckwallas and creepy crawly things, so be sure to watch out in the hot months. 
  • Bring Water. 
  • Some unlevel ground. 
  • Pack out what you take in.

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