Candy striped cliffs reminiscent of the Wave and Valley of Fire in an easy and family friendly hike.

Though only a few miles from civilization as a bird flies, this trailhead is only accessible via a dirt road (that can be quite bumpy - high clearance vehicles recommended though I did it in a car).  Given the condition of the road, drive time can be 45 minutes from St George, Utah.  The road is accessed via Silver Reef by Leeds, UT and directions are easy to find online.  This is an easier hike that the whole family can do, though there are some steeper sandstone and slick rock descents from the trailhead to the candy cliffs.  There are two main sections to explore.  The trail dumps you on the western flat.  Though very impressive, I prefer the eastern flats (about a quarter of a mile to the east).  Still, plan on plenty of time to explore both.  

On my first visit, I camped there so as to see both the sunrise and sunset.  First light on these rocks is pretty incredible.  I have found that the harsh mid-day sun tends to bleach the rocks a bit.

A word of caution, the southern most part of the flats are bordered by high cliffs so definitely keep an eye on children and pets.  This is BLM area and requires no fee to enter.

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Sunscreen and gear (full sun exposure)
  • Jackets and gloves in winter and cooler months
  • Water (1-2 liters)
  • Camera
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RT Distance 2.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 500 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Family Friendly
Scenic

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Beautiful View for Sunset

I did this hike mid-January. I passed a few cars on the dirt road but didn't see anyone on the trail. It was nice being able to watch the sunset in the solitude. However, there were quite a few recent footprints on the trail so perhaps I was lucky. It took me about 30 minutes to drive to the trailhead from the beginning of the dirt road. Use caution if it has rained recently, as there are a few dry creeks/washes that cross the road.


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