Reds Canyon Loop

Emery County, Utah

Elevation Gain4,710ft
Trailhead Elevation6,535ft
Elevation Min/Max5116/6954ft
Elevation Start/End6535/6535ft

Reds Canyon Loop

Reds Canyon Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Emery County, Utah. It is 20.6 miles long and begins at 6,535 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 41.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,710 feet. Along the trail there is an adit. This trail connects with the following: Hidden Splendor Road and Tomsich Mountain Spur.

Reds Canyon Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"The San Rafael Swell’s remarkable scenic diversity and mining nostalgia are amplified on the Reds Canyon loop. Inasmuch as this is one of the most remote corners in the Swell, solitude abounds and rings with deafening silence. If you feel the need to escape the confines of urbanism, Reds Canyon fits the bill. The route commences with many miles of cruising across Sinbad Country’s grass-carpeted, high desert plains from where you can view distant mountains and plateaus.

Thereafter you drop into the heart of the western San Rafael Swell and follow an 800-foot deep canyon guarded by twin towers of stone and drenched with desert varnish—nature’s bar coding. Prospectors poked and prodded the sedimentary rocks in search of radioactive ore many decades ago. Today, their efforts exist as ghostly reminders of boom days long since past. The route culminates with a steep but not-too-painful climb out of the canyon back to the flats above. Tread: Dirt and sand doubletracks throughout that may be suitable for passenger cars when dry but are rough locally."

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Trail Information

Emery County
Nearby City
Bureau of Land Management, Price Field Office, 435-636-3600
Local Contacts
USGS: Copper Globe, Horse Valley, San Rafael Knob, and Tomsich Butte
Local Maps

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Nov 2018