MODEL CARL CHRISTY PHOTO MARK CHRISTY
One of the best parts about Utah is the near-endless amount of places to explore. We were originally draw to the southwest corner of the state because of Zion National Park but came across Red Cliffs and fell in love with the off-season camping.
Definitely come with camping gear but if you only have an hour to spend during your road trip up I-15, hike the Red Reef trail back into the Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness.
Here’s how we saw it -
Red Cliffs lies at the northeastern edge of the Mojave Desert, near the intersection of both the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin. In every direction you’re surrounded by massive blocks of sandstone dotted with numerous small canyons.
The sand is almost a red powder, not unlike what you’d find in a hourglass, and at times as fine as baby-powder. It’s incredible to see desert shrubs like Cholla, Yucca, and Old Man Sage thriving out here.
If you want to find water in a desert, look for big trees. Crossing Quail Creek.
Up the "moki" steps and beyond the waterfall are miles of boulders & slickrock passage that eventually lead into the Dixie National Forest.