Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Trail type
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
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If you want to experience a true red rock canyon but are a bit intimidated by desert trekking, look no further than the Red Cliffs Nature Trail. Starting off from the Red Cliffs Campground, this easy hike takes you through some really breathtaking canyon country. Large cottonwoods line the wash with sheer sandstone cliffs on either side. Pools of water lie beneath short waterfalls of slickrock while desert varnish streams down from the walls. This dog-friendly hike can get crowded, but a smaller amount of parking keeps it from getting too crazy. There aren't many elevation gains besides the route around the first watering hole. Keep an eye out for that as it heads around to the left before the first waterfall; the trail doesn't end here. There are several unnamed washes and even some short slot canyons off from this trail if you want to explore further.

The trailhead is marked as Red Reef Trail, so it can be easy to get confused. Basically the first part of the trail up to the Moqui Steps is called the "Nature Trail" to signify the easy, family oriented section. If you continue on past the steps, then you will officially be on the Red Reef Trail, which is a 6-mile shuttle trek or 12-mile there-and-back. Moqui Steps are a rope-assisted "staircase" consisting of small holes dug out of the sandstone rather than actual stairs.

Keep in mind that this area is very dangerous during a flash flood. Check the weather for the area surrounding Leeds, Utah, at least a few days before your trip. Traveling here in the summer can mean less flash-flood risk, but the heat can be dangerous. Dehydration occurs very quickly in any season here. If you have these two hazards in mind, the rest of the hike is safe and easy and suitable for the whole family. Don't forget to bring $5 cash for the day use parking fee!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee


Amazing beauty. Waterfalls in red rock. Dog friendly.


Crowded. Hot in summer. Day pass fee.

Trailhead Elevation

3,226.00 ft (983.28 m)


Backcountry camping
Rock climbing
Geologically significant


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


Beautiful trail. Some of the trail is unmarked but it’s easy to find your way. When you get to the watering hole, there is a role you can use to get up and continue on. Most people stop there for a rest then go back the same way the came.
Awesome family hike and is not too hard. We carried out 2 year old in a child care backpack. Our older kids loved it.
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