Tipple Trail

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Near Leeds, Utah

Tipple Trail does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


Recommended Users: Mountain Bikers, Hikers, Equestrians. Two-track trail. 1 mile in length. Difficulty: Moderate/More Difficult. To reach Tipple Trail take Red Reef East Trail for just under 0.7 miles. Turn right onto Tipple Trail. The trail ends at the National Conservation Area boundary, but continues as a road heading east to the Silver Reef area. Be aware that this trail crosses Leeds Creek. Leeds Creek runs water year-round and at times may be too high to safely cross on foot.The trail is and old two-track, possibly a remnant of early mining days used to access claims. Its name comes from the one mining ruin (a tipple*) still visible from the trail. The views to the north are of the wild and beautiful Red Reef within the BLM Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness and the USFS Cottonwood Wilderness. From its highest elevations, long distance views are possible into the St. George basin to the south.Loop: For a 4.2 mile grand tour of the White Reef Sub-Area, start at the White Reef Trailhead (see directions under the White Reef Trail). Take the White Reef Trail from the trailhead for 0.2 miles. Turn right on Leeds Reef Trail and continue to Adit Trail for 1.44 miles. Turn left on Adit Trail and continue for 0.23 miles until reaching Tipple Trail. Turn left onto Tipple Trail and follow it until it ends 1 mile later at Red Reef East Trail. Turn left on Red Reef East Trail and continue to the Red Cliffs Campground for 0.7 miles. The trail ends between campsites #8 and #9. Turn left on the road. Follow the road back to the White Reef Trailhead for another 1.6 miles.*A tipple is a structure used for loading material onto some type of carrier (truckbed, railcar, etc.)