Distance: 2.2 miles
Type: Out-and-back hike
Trailhead Coordinates: 37.2243, -113.4061
Red Reef is a simple hike in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area southwest of Zion. The trailhead is not far from I-15, just north of Saint George and would be a great stop along your road trip through Southwestern Utah. The trail starts off really easy and wide with multiple social trails that eventually come together as the canyon narrows. As it does, the sandy trail turns to a slickrock scramble. If you cannot muster up the courage to step up the chiseled steps, holding onto an anchored handline, do not fret. You have reached the prettiest spot on the trail. Depending on the time of year, you may have flowing water near your feet or stagnant pools. Both provide a beauty in-and-of their own. Clean fresh flowing water is fun to splash around in, but the dark brown pools provide for picturesque reflections. Be sure to take lots of creative photos.
If you have made it past the rope, the wash continues up stream to a series of pools, slides, and slots. Be sure to watch your step as you traverse along the slick rock. The mineral deposited along the waterway is much more slippery than the sandstone around. This however provides for some sitting slides on your way back down. Be sure to help each other out and have fun!