Join Conserve Southwest Utah and local experts (including biologists, historians, paleontologists and tribal elders) on a series of guided hikes that celebrate the 9 different resource values (aka treasures) protected inside the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA).

Hike dates are subject to change to accommodate the schedules of our guides and experts. Please express interest in any of the hikes listed below by emailing


The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area was designated by Congress in the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act (OPLMA) for the following purpose:

“To conserve, protect, and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, cultural, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources of the National Conservation Area; and To protect each species that is located in the National Conservation Area; and listed as a threatened or endangered species on the list of threatened species or the list of endangered species published under… the Endangered Species Act of 1973.”

September – Wildlife     This Hike Will be Repeated in 2020

Sunday, September 22, 8:30 am -11 am

T-bone Trail – 4 miles roundtrip, easy to moderate

Conserve Southwest Utah and the BLM invite you out for a morning of tortoise-spotting and learning about the adaptations that help plants and animals thrive in the Mojave Desert. This is the first-ever Red Rock Pride Hike dedicated to celebrating our LGBTQ community!

Red Rock Pride Hikers pointing at a threatened Mojave Desert Tortoise!


October – Natural   

Saturday, October 26, 10 am – 2 pm

Hell Hole Trail – 3 miles roundtrip, moderately difficult

Natural sounds, starry night skies and solitude are a few of the perks of having designated wilderness areas nearby! Join us for an exploration of natural values and guided meditation session in the peaceful Red Mountain Wilderness. Tibetan Buddhist Lama Kay will provide Tonglen and walking meditation instruction before the hike in the Desert Rose Labyrinth in Kayenta.

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Hikers experiencing natural soundscapes and practicing meditation in the Red Mountain Wilderness in the Red Cliffs NCA.



Date TBD, please RSVP for details

Hell Hole Trail – 4 miles roundtrip, moderate to strenuous

Explore the relationship between geology and Red Cliffs’ stunning scenery! We’ll learn about the Navajo and Kayenta formations that make up beautiful Red Mountain and finish off with some “geology yoga” at the base of a seasonal waterfall!

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Bonus November Hike- Historic

Saturday, November 23, 10 am – 1 pm

Orson Adams House and Cordura Movie Set – .75 miles roundtrip, easy

Historian and author Reuben Wadsworth will guide a short hike to the Orson Adams House, a Mormon pioneer residence built in 1863. Then we’ll visit the heritage site and film set for They Came to Cordura (1959), where Rita Hayworth and Gary Cooper roamed the sand stone reefs in 1959.

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Hikers visit the “They Came to Cordura” Movie Set in the Red Cliffs NCA.

Hikers learn about the 1863 Orson Adams Mormon Pioneer House

December- Cultural   Cancelled due to weather- this hike will be re-scheduled in summer.

Saturday, December 7, 10 am – 2 pm

East Reef Trail in Babylon – 3.5 miles roundtrip, moderate

*4WD necessary, carpooling is easily arranged

Join Conserve Southwest Utah and Shivwits Band elders to learn about Southern Paiute history and visit petroglyph sites and dinosaur tracks near the Virgin River. This hike is part of the annual Shivwits Toy Drive Fundraiser. Donations go toward the purchase of Christmas gifts for children from the Shivwits and Kanosh Bands.

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January- Scientific

Saturday, February 1, 10 am – 1 pm

Dino Cliffs Trail – 3 miles roundtrip, easy to moderate

Fern fossils, bone beds and dino tracks help scientists study the Jurassic Period. Join local paleontologists on a visit to Eubrontes tracks to learn about the many dinosaurs that hunted and foraged on this land. Dino models, casts and pictures of what Red Cliffs looked like 150 million years ago will help us travel back in time! Win a free day pass to the Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm!

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Jaleesa Spore from the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Center teaches hikers about Grallator and Eubrontes tracks on the Dino Cliffs Trail in the Red Cliffs NCA.

Little hikers kneeling in front of a Grallator track while looking at a model Dilophosaur.

Brushing sand out of a Eubrontes track in Navajo Sandstone.

February- Education

Date TBD, email for updates

White Reef Trail – 3 miles, moderate

Learn about Conserve Southwest Utah’s popular education programs, including the upcoming Red Cliffs NCA Jr. Ranger Book and the Site Steward and Petroglyph Patrol Programs. On a visit to the White Reef petroglyphs, we’ll discuss opportunities for volunteering and community partnerships that enhance public appreciation and respectful visitation of this, and many other, special sites.

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March- Ecology

Friday, March 27, 9 am – 12 pm

Virgin River Trail in Babylon – 4 miles roundtrip, moderate to strenuous

*4WD required, carpooling is easily arranged

BLM biologist John Kellam will lead a guided naturalist hike to explore the incredible species richness of the Red Cliffs ecotone- a place where 3 distinct biological communities converge. Endangered Southwestern Willow Fly Catcher, Gila monster, snapping turtle and threatened Mojave Desert Tortoise sightings are possible on this hike.

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April – Recreation

Friday, April 24, 6 pm – 8 pm

Hurricane Cinder Knolls Trail – 4 miles roundtrip, easy to moderate

Celebrate Earth Day with Conserve Southwest Utah in a little-visited portion of the Red Cliffs NCA. Learn about visitation trends, recreation impacts and how to plan a mellow, LNT hike away from the crowds. Enjoy a gorgeous sunset overlooking the Virgin River on the rim of an ancient cinder cone dotted with fragrant, purple desert sage.

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May- Historic

Date TBD, Please RSVP

Orson Adams House and the Prospector Trail – 2 miles roundtrip, easy

BLM archaeologists invite you to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month by visiting the Orson B. Adams Pioneer House. John Kemple stayed here in 1866 and made the first discovery of silver that led to the establishment of the mining boom town Silver Reef. On the Prospector Trail, we’ll learn more about local mining history and the Chinese and Irish Americans who lived and worked here.

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