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This page is dedicated to photos and information for the Red Reef Trail in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area near Leeds, Utah. Red Cliffs Recreation area is part of the larger Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The area is full of beautiful red rock formations, with a pleasant stream and waterfalls running through it. For information on this area, see the BLM page at Red Cliff Recreation Area.



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a photo of a waterfall and red cliffs on the Red Reef 




Trail in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area near Leeds, Utah
Red Reef Trail #399
The initial portion of the Red Reef Trail in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area is very accessible, requiring an easy walk from the parking lot near the campgrounds.

photo of a waterfall, pool, and red rock seen along 




the Red Reef Trail in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area near Leeds, Utah
Red Reef Trail #400
As one moves further into the Red Reef Trail, there are many small waterfalls. The walking is relatively easy over firm sand and solid sandstone.

the cliffs and stream along the Red Reef Trail in the 




Red Cliffs Recreation Area near Leeds, UT
Red Reef Trail #438
The trail moves through a ravine that gradually narrows and deepens with high sandstone cliffs on either side.

photo of a waterfall and stream moving through a 




narrow ravine seen on the Red Reef Trail in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area
Red Reef Trail #402
Some portions of the trail move high up the canyon wall providing wonderful views of the river and its waterfalls and cascades.

red rock cliffs seen along the Red Reef Trail in the 




Red Cliffs Recreation Area near Leeds, UT
Red Reef Trail #407
Other portions of the trail move along the waters edge, sometimes requiring crossing the stream on stepping stones or via an easy ford.

photo of a pool surrounded by tall red sandstone cliffs 




in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area in Utah
Red Reef Trail #408
We found the water cold, but not deep, when we were there in early March of 2011.

a photo showing the red rocks of the Red Cliffs 




Recreation Area of Utah
Red Reef Trail #409
The steep canyon walls are a beautiful, very saturated reddish-brown.


the narrowing slot canyon of the Red Reef Trail in Utah
Red Reef Trail #412
This section of the trail requires using footholds in the sandstone wall, with the support of a rope anchored above. It's not high above the water and the footholds are deep and solid, so the traverse is fun.

photo of a person moving along a short cliff on the 




Red Reef Trail in Utah
Red Reef Trail #418
There's a little scrambling needed to move upstream.

picture showing the scenery along the Red Reef Trail 




in Utah
Red Reef Trail #420
The tall canyon walls rising from the edge of the stream makes this a beautiful hike.

picture of a stream within the tall red cliffs of the 




Red Reef Trail in Utah
Red Reef #421
As one moves further upstream, the canyon narrows to a slot and the going gets more difficult.

the Red Reef Trail in the Red Cliffs Recreation 




Area in Utah
Red Reef Trail #422
Part of the trail upstream is most easily accomplished by wading the stream.

approaching a section of the Red Reef Trail that 




requires a bit of wading
Red Reef Trail #423
Red Reef Trail is susceptible to flash floods, so it's best to know the conditions that have existed in the surrounding area to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation.

moving further into the slot canyon portion of the 




Red Reef Trail in utah
Red Reef Trail #425


looking downstream through a portion of the slot 




canyon in Red Cliffs Recreation Area in Utah
Red Reef Trail #432
Although we didn't travel far enough upstream to require it, we did climb one section of canyon wall and could see below us a section that would require "chimneying" to pass through.

photo of a waterfall and slot canyon in the Red Cliffs 




Recreation Area near Leeds, Utah
Red Reef Trail #433
Some of the sections of this canyon are truly stunning.

photo of boulders along the Red Reef Trail in the 




Red Cliffs Recreation Area in Utah
Red Reef Trail #442
We found the Red Reef Trail to be one of our favorite dayhikes within striking distance of our home in Ivins, UT.

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