Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
257.00 ft (78.33 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
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The Red Reef Trail near Leeds, Utah, is the continuation of the Red Cliffs Nature Trail. The famous Moki Steps denote the end of the Nature Trail and the start to Red Reef's beautiful series of small waterfalls and miniature slot canyons. The desert geography here is stunning, but make sure to do your best to hike in the spring because this trail is just not the same without the water flowing. You can have some serious fun here if you bring some shoes and clothing you don't mind getting wet.

After you go up the Moki Steps you will come around the bend and make your way into a series of thin canyons with a small waterfall at the back of it. Some people might be able to get up these falls, but it seems most everyone needs to hike around it, which can be a little tricky. To get on the other side you will need to scale the slickrock on the right way up high above and then back down. There are some sketchy spots here, and how and where you come down is up to you. Make sure you only do this hike on dry days; not only will the steep sandstone be slick in wet weather, but the flash flood potential is serious. Bring your sunscreen and protect yourself from exposure. Technically you can bring your dogs, but it isn't recommended it on this trail because of the Moki Steps and other obstructions.

As you hike up the canyon you will come across many small waterfalls and passageways that you will occasionally need to scramble around. This trail loops around all the way to the Cottonwood Trailhead at the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. This 10-mile loop is a serious endeavor. It is also possible to hike the middle section as a there-and-back route, which will keep you near the water the whole time. As you return you can slide down the slickrock and into the chilly pools of water, a fun and safe alternative to hiking around the waterfalls.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Super fun trail. Slot canyons. Dogs allowed. Solitude.

Cons

Can be dangerous.

Trailhead Elevation

3,217.00 ft (980.54 m)

Highest point

3,474.00 ft (1,058.88 m)

Net Elevation Gain

257.00 ft (78.33 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Waterfalls
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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