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Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

Red Mountain is located in Dammeron Valley, UT not far from Sand Hollow and Gunlock State Parks. Because it’s not actually apart of the state parks and is wilderness area, dogs are allowed off leash. Be sure to start early in the morning so the sand doesn’t burn their paws. The first 1.5 miles of the trail is very boring and uneventful, but what the trail does lead to is amazing. The Red Mountain Overlook looks down into Sand Hollow, and the white and red slick rock with Signal Peak in the Pine Valley Mountains to the East is incredibly beautiful. This trail is great for the whole family, as it only gains a mere 360 ft. It’s a mix of sand and rock, but plenty of shade if you do need a break.

 

From St.George, drive north on HWY 18 towards Dammeron Valley for about 15 miles. Turn left at the signed Red Mountain Trail sign. Here’s a driving map.

 

Distance: 4.6 miles RT + exploring

Elevation gain: 360 ft

Time: 2-3 hours

Dog friendly? Yes, off leash

Kid friendly? Yes!

Fees/Permits? None

 

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

Ready to soak up the sun on a hike! The trailhead is HUGE. It can fit probably 100 cars and several horse trailers. There is a port-a-potty too.

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

Large welcome sign as we begin.

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

The trail is very uneventful the first 1.5 miles.

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

You’ll be following the fence line as well. You can’t get lost.

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

At 1 mile, cut through this wooden fence opening, and you’ll now leave the fenced trail.

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

Continue following the main path and a few cairns here and there.

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

Almost to the overlook. The last 100 yards or so are very sandy.

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

Wow, what a cool overlook! This is probably in my top 3 overlooks in Utah.

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

Can’t get over this view with all the white and red slick rock! That’s Sand Hollow State Park below.

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

What a fun hike! The first half was super boring but the views totally make up for it.

 

Check out my Youtube video!

Trail Map

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Hiking the Lower Sand Cove Trail (aka The Vortex)

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