Our family loves southern Utah. We enjoyed living in Cedar City for 2.5 years, but due to the busyness of life, we never really took the time to explore the area's awesome outdoor activities. Now we live in northern Utah and find ourselves wanting to go back to the St. George area for vacation every year! There's just something about the red rock and sun that draws us back!
This past spring, we enjoyed a day's visit to the Red Cliffs Recreation Area, which is part of a larger National Conservation Area. We chose it for ease of hiking for a family like us with a little one (3 years old), with plenty to do
Our view entering the recreation area was vast and beautiful, with the snow still gleaming in the sunlight on the mountains in the distance.
Our first hike was on a trail that lead to some dinosaur tracks. Not a long hike at all! There were several different areas where these dinosaur tracks were imprinted in the rock!
Some of the tracks were clearly defined, and it was fun to be able to get close and touch them.
Of course, the most fun of the whole day was playing in the red sand, in the little shallow "caves" along the way (yes, we checked for snakes first)!
This little hidey-hole made for a perfect photo-op.
We took a little break for lunch at some picnic tables near the Quail Creek that runs through the middle of the park. There are camp sites around the perimeter of this area, and it was a really peaceful place to stop and relax.
After lunch, we went on another hike (about 1/2 mile) to an archeological site to see the remnants of a Virgin Anasazi habitation. It was amazing to learn about how people lived years ago. I was hot and thirsty from our little trek, and marveled at how these people survived the harsh conditions of this dry, barren landscape!
This map of the recreation area gives an idea of what it offers. Someday I would love to check out the Red Reef Trail, which follows the Quail Creek drainage and goes through the canyon. There are several pools and waterfalls along the way that make for a fun hike! Find out more about this trail here.
With all the great places to explore in southern Utah, it's hard to choose where we will spend our time next -- but we enjoyed our time at the Red Cliffs Recreation Area so much that my guess is we'll find ourselves back here again someday soon!
I live in northern Utah with my husband and our son who is now 4. Having a bit of earth to plant some seeds in my backyard and a home in which to make family memories is fulfilling to me, and I love life in the west.
Life has brought us many places together! Josh is from South Carolina and I am from Iowa, but we have family that lives across the US -- so traveling, seeing family, and exploring God's creation are some of our favorite things to do!
We love being parents, and our desire is to grow our family through open adoption. We are currently hosting an adoption fundraising auction online where we are auctioning off original art, Fair Trade jewelry, photography packages donated by Utah photographers, and more!
Be sure to check out our Red Cliff Hike that's super kid friendly next week!
Day Use Amenities
Fire Rings with Grills
2 Vault Toilets (Accessible)
Self-Pay Register Kiosk
Take Interstate 15 north from St. George, Utah, to Exit 22*. At the end of the freeway off-ramp, turn right onto Old Highway 91 (frontage road). Travel south 2 miles and turn right after passing the sign for the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. Continue under two freeway tunnels and follow the paved road for 1.3 miles into the campground.
*If heading south from Cedar City, Utah, take Exit 23. Turn left on Silver Reef Road, then turn right onto Main Street. Travel south for 3.5 miles on Main Street (which turns into Old Highway 91). Follow the remaining directions above.