About the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
Red Cliffs National Conservation Area consists of approximately 45,000 acres of public land in south-central Washington County, on the outskirts of St George, Utah. The towering Pine Valley Mountains and Dixie National Forest lie to the north, while the communities of Ivins, Santa Clara, St. George, Washington, and Leeds ring the NCA. Here, the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin Desert, and Mojave Desert overlap and in this transition zone, unusual plant and animal species have evolved, including the dwarf bearclaw-poppy and Shivwits milk-vetch, small native plants that grow nowhere else on earth. The hot, arid Mojave Desert provides habitat for diverse wildlife, such as kit fox, Gambel’s quail, and the Mojave Desert tortoise, which is at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and other factors. The Red Mountain and Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness areas are also within this NCA. Here, hikers, backpackers, and equestrians can enjoy scenic vistas, solitude, and natural quiet, just a few miles from local communities. More than 130 miles of non-motorized recreation trails (hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trail riding) are available for public use in the NCA.