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Babylon Arch

Outing

Overview

  • Directions

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  • Distance

    2.7 miles

Stewardships

Description

Babylon Arch is a 2.7-mile (out-and-back) moderate trail that is accessed from the Sand Cove Trailhead. The landscape and terrain of this portion of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is vastly different from the Red Cliffs area, providing epic views of the expanse desert landscapes surrounding the Virgin River corridor. The route begins on the Flicker trail for .2 miles and then a double-track jeep road for .4 miles. At this point you are in the Sandstone Mountain primitive camping area, which can be accessed via UTV or high-clearance 4X4. Look for the Babylon Arch trail sign on the far end of the camping area. From here the trail is mostly downhill and winds through some rocky terrain, be sure to stop a few times to enjoy the epic vistas along the route. There are a few sand dune sections of the hike just before reaching the arch. For those wanting to continue it is another .5 mile to the Virgin River.

  • Location - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve / Sand Cove Trailhead
  • Miles - 2.7 /out-and-back
  • Rating – Moderate
  • Trailhead Facilities – Parking area and trail kiosk