> Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Mostly Red Rocks, Clouds, Larry N. Young Photography

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Quail Creek State Park, Utah

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Elephant Arch, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Elephant Arch, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Yant Flats, Dixie National Forest, Utah

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Duck Canyon, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Yant Flats, Dixie National Forest, Utah

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Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Volcano Cone at Sunset, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Ice House Trail, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Elephant Arch, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Red Cliffs Recreation Area, Utah

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Wild flowers, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

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Yant Flats at Sunrise, Dixie National Forest, Utah

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Wild flowers, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Utah

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is located in southeast Utah and is just to the north of St George and Washington, Utah. It is administered by Washington County in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah Department of Natural Resources, and State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. This collaborative partnership has the primary goal of recovering the threatened desert tortoise while carefully managing recreational activities and utility projects in an extraordinarily unique environment that will benefit future generations.

This reserve is literally a stones throw north of my home in Washington. It is known locally as the 'turtle reserve'. When we moved to Washington City in 2015 we bought a home at the far north section of Green Springs. As I started exploring, I found that the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and it's wonderful system of trails, was literally at the door step of my new home. For example, I can look over my fence and see the Ice House trail going up a mesa. The reserve is filled with red rocks and has wonderful sunsets.