Hike the Historic Babylon - Little Purgatory Loop



6 miles

Elevation Gain

1000 ft

Route Type


Added by John Maurizi

Open desert loop hike using two trails. Offers great views of the Red Cliffs and there are some excellent petroglyphs near the start of the loop.

The trailhead has space for about three or four cars. Watch for an obvious gap in the cliffs very close to the trailhead, this is where you should park. Just before exiting the gap, look to the left for some interesting petroglyphs. The trail follows a dry wash through some heavy vegetation for a short distance.

When you emerge from the vegetation, the Little Purgatory Trail will be on your left. Continue straight as the Historic Babylon Trail works its way uphill across varied terrain. At some points, the trail is difficult to follow. Watch for cairns, some of which are small. At about 2.5 miles, the trail reaches a barbed wire fence overlooking the town of Leeds. Make a sharp left and the trail will steadily climb at times passing through the fence in several locations. After one long switchback, the trail ends and the Little Purgatory Trail begins. This spot is marked by a three-foot high plastic marker.

Continue on the Little Purgatory Trail as it works its way back toward the trailhead. To the right are great views of the Red Cliffs. The trail back is very steep at times with many switchbacks. When the trail meets the Historic Babylon Trail, turn right and return to the parking area.

It is best to hike this early in the morning because neither trail offers any protection from the sun. 

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