Red Cliffs campground is nestled into a shaded nook of riparian vegetation just minutes from the freeway. Directly adjacent to, and accessible from the campground, are a series of trails and interpreted archaeological and paleontological sites. The campground and surrounding areas are all within the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, which has been set aside to protect the endangered desert tortoise. Due north of the campground are the steep and beautiful red rocks of the Cottonwood Wilderness Study Area (WSA).
The following are available to all Recreation Area visitors:
There are 10 campsites, each with the following:
Take Interstate 15 north from St. George, Utah, to Exit 22. At the end of the freeway off-ramp, turn right onto the frontage road. Travel approximately 2 miles and turn right after passing the sign for the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. Proceed under two freeway tunnels and follow the paved road into the campground.
The Red Cliffs National Conservation area includes about 44,725 acres of spectacular red cliffs. Habitat protects the endangered desert tortoise. Quail Creek picnic area provides a shady riparian area to take a break from the surrounding desert. A half-mile hike leads to an ancestral puebloan site. A six-mile trail leads into the Cottonwoods Canyon wilderness. Still other excursions take you to see dinosaur track sites, old mines, and other evidence of the rich history of this area.
The Red Cliffs Campground offers 10 campsites, drinking water, toilets, and a dumpster. The Silver Reef trail leads from the Red Cliffs Campground to a lookout of the Silver Reef, the only known sandstone formation with silver deposits.
The west side of the national conservation area is less developed, and visitors can enjoy primitive camping north of St. George, or backpacking in the Red Mountain Wilderness adjacent to the Shivwits Tribal Lands and Snow Canyon State Park. The National Conservation Area encompasses all 11,712 acres of the Cottonwood Canyon wilderness.