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Hiking Babylon Arch - Red Cliffs Reserve

The first time I hiked Babylon Arch I thought the hike was just MEH. Don't ask me why. I still can't figure it out. Luckily I gave it a second try and turns out the second time was the charm and now I LOVE it. This trail has beautiful red rock formations around every corner, stunning views of the Virgin River, a fun sand hill to run down (not so fun on the hike back up though HAHA), access to the Virgin River, and you guessed it......a super rad arch!


2.2 miles round trip from the Sand Cover trailhead. If you have a good 4 wheel drive vehicle you can drive to the primitive camping area and it is 1.5 miles from here. You can also extend the hike a bit by hiking down to the Virgin River, just past the arch.


This is a family-friendly hike with very little elevation gain.....except for the sandhill that takes you down to the arch. The sandhill isn't long but hiking uphill in deep sand is a bit of a challenge. Much of the trail is rocky and uneven.


This trail is located in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. There is no pay station so no fee to hike here. The trailhead is located15 minutes south/east of Leeds, UT. CLICK HERE for a map and driving directions to the Sand Cove Trailhead that you will hike to get to Babylon Arch trailhead. CLICK HERE if you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to take you directly to the trailhead.

This is the GPS coordinates for the arch - 37°12’09.0″N 113°20’05.7″W

Always practice Leave No Trace principals and leave the places you visit the way you found them. Better yet, bring a clean-up bag with you and leave it BETTER than you found it!


The trail is sandy and at times rocky and uneven. The trail is also a little unclear at times. I have friends who have had a hard time finding the arch. These are the coordinates for the arch to put into your phone or GPS 37°12’09.0″N 113°20’05.7″W