|You must drive through two 11'9" tunnels under the freeway to get to the park.|
|Red Cliffs Recreation Area as seen from just beyond the tunnels.|
One of my favorite features of the Southern Utah landscape is the Navajo Sandstone layer. It is the largest layer visible to us and is actually petrified sand dunes.
The rolling red and white stone that makes up the majority of the Red Cliffs is Navajo Sandstone.
|Funky, fantastical shapes are worn into the Navajo Sandstone by the elements.|
We hiked the Red Reef Trail which takes off from the campground, following Quail Creek into the red hills.
|There was a dead tree that looked disturbingly like an elephant.|
|Quail Creek has carved its way through undulating sandstone walls, creating beautiful pools that would be|
very tempting on a hot summer day.
|The trail continued on above the pool becoming narrower around each corner.|
|You could easily imagine a flash flood slamming through these chiseled walls of rock.|
|This was as far as we wanted to go today, having had enough rock scaling yesterday at Zion! The pool here|
was a good 10 feet deep. A local told us it is quite the happening place in the summer
|We made our way back, admiring the fantastic shapes all around us.|
|Incredible campsites here, if your rig is small enough to access the park. This is a pull through site.|
Water and pit toilets are the only facilities.
|Looking down on the campground, wishing our rig would fit through the tunnels.|
This was a hidden gem of a park. There are petrified dinosaur tracks (they didn't photograph well), Anasazi ruins, some Mormon pioneer history, and the remains of an old movie set ("They Came to Cordura"), and several more miles of trails to explore.