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Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, St. George

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The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area is a 44,724-acre (180.99 km2) National Conservation Area located in southwest Utah, north of St. George at the northeasternmost edge of the Mojave Desert. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of the National Landscape Conservation System, and was created as part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.
The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA) is part of the larger multi-jurisdictional Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, which was created in 1996 to protect the habitat and populations of the desert tortoise and other species. Part of the NCA was designated in 2009 as the Cottonwood Canyon and Red Mountain wilderness areas, which are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

The Pine Valley Mountains and Dixie National Forest are north of the NCA. The NCA is located within the watershed of the Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado River. There are over 130 miles (210 km) of non-motorized trails in the NCA.
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  • So much beauty. Not sure what part of it we were in, but it is all around the outskirts of St George and is gorgeous. Take your time, get out and walk. Make sure to bring your phone for pictures... 
    So much beauty. Not sure what part of it we were in, but it is all around the outskirts of St George and is gorgeous. Take your time, get out and walk. Make sure to bring your phone for pictures...  more »
  • Loved, loved, loved this place. Drive thru park with lots of stopping areas. Get out and walk the trails, or ride a bike, and/or camp. Climb the rocks to catch a view. Go thru park catch one view....  more
    Loved, loved, loved this place. Drive thru park with lots of stopping areas. Get out and walk the trails, or ride a bike, and/or camp. Climb the rocks to catch a view. Go thru park catch one view....  more »
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  • Quite amazing. Easy to enjoy the trails for someone who is not in fantastic shape. Our family of 14 with ages raging from 8-78 thoroughly enjoyed this in 99 degree weather. Just pace yourself, be smart, and drink your water. We took our two little Poodles and brought water for them, it was lovely! The natural formations were gorgeous - unique rocks, trees, plant life. It's worth seeing. Plus today was fee-free entry!
  • Been here several times and it is different every season. I love that it can be a quick hike or several hours. This is a great hike for the entire family. While it is not the easiest hike to drive to or from it is worth it. Plan to arrive early as there are not a ton of parking spaces available. Also be aware there is an access fee to enter. Camping is available but I've never done it.

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