Red Cliffs Recreation Area to be temporarily closed

Published: Friday, June 14 2013 11:13 a.m. MDT

The Red Cliffs Recreation Area is situated 14 miles northeast of St. George and nestled against red sandstone cliffs, straddling Quail Creek and featuring picnic areas under large canopies of cottonwood trees. It will be temporarily closed to the public in June.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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ST. GEORGE — The Red Cliffs Recreation Area — a fee site managed by the Bureau of Land Management Utah in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area — will be temporarily closed to the public June 25–27.

The three-day closure is required to protect public safety while geotechnical drilling and other tests are completed for upcoming work in the recreation area. During testing, a drill rig and other heavy equipment will be operating along the Red Cliffs Road and in the campground creating a potential safety hazard to visitors.

The upcoming work in the recreation area will install vehicle/pedestrian bridges at two low-water crossings on Red Cliffs Road.

The three-day closure to public visitation applies to: the Red Cliffs Road from the entrance gate to the campground; campground and campground loop road; day use areas within the campground; Red Reef Trail from the campground to the U.S. Forest Service boundary; Silver Reef Trail; and the Anasazi Trail.

The White Reef trailhead, which is accessible from the Red Cliffs Road just west of I-15, and the non-motorized trail system in the White Reef area will remain open for public use.

For more information about the temporary closure, please contact the Interagency Visitor Center in St. George at 435-688-3200.

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