The Red Cliffs Recreation Area is located just off Interstate 15, 14 miles northeast of St. George, Utah. Tucked up against red sandstone cliffs and straddling Quail Creek, this recreation area is a pleasant surprise for most visitors. The backdrop of the looming cliffs and the voluminous riparian habitat is an unexpected if not welcome relief in the desert. The picnic area is amply covered by large cottonwoods for a shady respite. If you’re looking for more activity, hike ½ miles to the Red Cliffs Archaeological Site to see the remnants of a Virgin Anasazi habitation. Or hike the almost 6 mile Red Reef Trail into the Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness. For a taste of pioneer history, visit the Orson Adams House just down the road. To go back even further in time, check out the Early Jurassic dinosaur tracks on the Silver Reef Trail.
The Red Cliffs Recreation Area is inside the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, which has been set aside to conserve, protect, and enhance ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, cultural, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources. Please protect these resources by staying on designated trails and following all rules.