Red Cliffs Recreation Area includes a campground, day use areas, a non-motorized trail system, and interpreted public use sites. Dinosaurs left their footprints, now visible in the sandstone. Ancestral Puebloans lived here in the 10th century, growing corn, beans, and squash along Quail and Leeds Creek. Mid-19th century pioneers farmed here, supplying the area’s silver miners with food. Located within the Red Cliffs
National Conservation Area, the Recreation Area is managed to conserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the public lands.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Campsites at this facility are not available for advanced reservations. You can pay when you arrive using cash, check, or QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app. Please download the Recreation.gov mobile app on Android or iOS before you arrive.
The Red Reef Trail follows Quail Creek into the Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness and is a very popular hike in the spring when seasonal runoff fills water pockets and plunge pools in the stream channel. There are many other trails in the Recreation Area that are scenic and enjoyable for hikers and mountain bikers, for shorter, moderately difficult rides. The White Reef Trailhead accommodates both large and small horse trailers, making it an ideal place for equestrians to start a longer distance ride on the Prospector Trial which connects to the equally popular Church Rocks Trail for extended riding.
Because of extreme drought conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect on all federal and state lands in Washington County. These restrictions prohibit campfires and the use charcoal grills in this campground. Gas grills with a shut-off valve can be used in the campground but must be at least 3 feet from any flammable materials. Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle.
Beginning on September 1, 2021, reservations will be required for all campsites in this campground. Reservations can be made through Rec.gov, starting on August 1, 2021, for up to six months in advance of your visit.
· Reservations are required and can be made at www.recreation.gov, or by calling 1-877-444-6777. First come first serve camping is not permitted and camping payment cannot be made on site.
· Camp only in designated campsites. Each permit allows only two vehicles per campsite. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Campsites cannot be saved. Occupancy limit is 14 days. Check out time is noon.
· Quiet Hours—Quiet hours are 10 pm to 7 am. Generator hours are 9 am to 9 pm. Voices, audio devices, motorized equipment, or other noise producing devices shall not make unreasonable noise that disturbs others.
· Campfires—Firewood collecting is prohibited. Campfires are permitted in designated fire rings only. Do not leave fire unattended. Extinguish fire completely before leaving.
· Vehicles—Vechicles over 11 ft 9 inches cannot acees campground. Park only in designated parking areas with four wheels on pavement. Any vehicle that impedes traffic is subject to citation or towing. Parking in campsites for day use is prohibited. Overnight backcountry visitors not staying at a campsite must park at the White Reef Trailhead.
· Day Use—The picnic areas close at sunset.
· Cleaning—Cleaning of food, pots, pans, clothing, or household items at water faucets is prohibited.
· Weapons—Discharge or use of firearms or other weapons is prohibited.
· Pets—Pets must be on leash no longer than six feet and secured to a fixed object or under the control of a person, or is otherwise physically restrained at all times. Do not leave pets unattended.
The Red Cliffs Recreation Area ‘s campground is open year round and includes 11 campsites with shade shelters, picnic tables, potable water, and grills. Sites 8 and 11 are accessible for visitors with disabilities, while sites 6,7, and 10 have pull-through parking. Only two vehicles are allowed per campsite. Accessible vault toilets are located between sites 5 and 7. Pets must be on a leash and under control at all times. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The campground and day use areas of the Recreation Area are located at the base of towering red cliffs of Navajo Sandstone. Quail Creek flows through the campground and supports mature cottonwood trees and willows that provide shade for many of the campsites and the day use areas. You may see a flock of Gambel’s quail or hear canyon wrens as you hike the trails the follow Quail and Leeds Creeks. If you’re lucky, you might spot a Mojave desert tortoise or a Gila monster, whose beaded skin and bold color patterns make it a standout among desert reptiles. To protect all of these native species and their habitats, please stay on designated trails.
Bureau of Land Management SGFO-Recreation 345 E Riverside DR St. George UT 84745
For campground inquiries, please call: 435-688-3200
From St. George: Take Interstate 15 north to Exit 22. At the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Old Highway 91. Travel south 2 miles and turn right. Continue under two freeway tunnels (tunnels restrict vehicle size to less than 12 feet in height and width) and follow the paved road for 1.3 miles into the campground.