Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness, Red Mountain WSA, Cottonwood Canyon WSA, and Cougar Canyon WSA Trails

Saint George, Utah

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Beaver Dam Wash is the lowest point in Utah, making it a good bet for early season hiking. Spring was in full force when we visited in April. Prickly pear cactus was in bloom, and even the Joshua trees were softened by spring green. The only improved campground is at the Virgin River Gorge Recreation Area, right off I-15, about 15 miles south of St. George. Primitive camping along Cedar Pockets Rd. and along dirt roads that flank the northern border is available wherever you can find a flat spot. Bring your own water. From the Virgin River Campground, many paths, some of them marked simply as “trail,” lead to the river. These obvious trails bordered with rocks disappear in a few hundred yards, as soon as they reach the flash-flood plain.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

Beaver Dam Wash is the lowest point in Utah, making it a good bet for early season hiking. Spring was in full force when we visited in April. Prickly pear cactus was in bloom, and even the Joshua trees were softened by spring green. The only improved campground is at the Virgin River Gorge Recreation Area, right off I-15, about 15 miles south of St. George.

Primitive camping along Cedar Pockets Rd. and along dirt roads that flank the northern border is available wherever you can find a flat spot. Bring your own water. From the Virgin River Campground, many paths, some of them marked simply as “trail,” lead to the river. These obvious trails bordered with rocks disappear in a few hundred yards, as soon as they reach the flash-flood plain.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Saint George
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 6,784 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Dixie Resource Area
Local Maps: USGS Jarvis (UT), White Hills (UT), Litttlefield (AZ), Pintura (UT), Mountain Sheep Spring (AZ); Veyo (UT), Gunlock (UT), and others
Driving Directions: Directions to Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness, Red Mountain WSA, Cottonwood Canyon WSA, and Cougar Canyon WSA Trails

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