Backdoor to Babylon

Total Miles
7.1

Elevation

1,122.55 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Backdoor to Babylon OHV trail is a 3 of 10 rated trail that provides a cross-country track connecting the Babylon Road (900 North) and the community of Toquerville. The trail starts in Toquerville and ends in the primitive campgrounds and parking area for the hike to the Babylon Arch. The trail is made up predominately of dirt tracks, sand washes, and a section of slickrock obstacles. What this trail lacks in obstacles the Backdoor to Babylon trail more than makes up for in scenery. With views of the Red Cliffs Recreational Area to the west and the Hurricane Cliffs and Smith Mesa to the east.

Photos of Backdoor to Babylon

Backdoor to Babylon
Backdoor to Babylon
Backdoor to Babylon

Difficulty

Trail consisting of loose rocks, dirt, and sand with some slick rock surfaces, mud holes possible, no steps higher than 12". 4WD is required, and aggressive tires are a plus.

History

Babylon was a town associated with the Stormont Mill along the Virgin River, six miles southeast of Silver Reef and twelve miles northeast of St. George. It was established in 1877 by a group of mill workers and their families. Its name came from the Babylon of Biblical times and was probably chosen to distinguish themselves from their Mormon neighbors. About twenty families, totaling between forty and fifty people, lived in town. There were no businesses; the town's residents rode to Leeds and Silver Reef for their essentials. When the Stormont Mining Company announced that they were closing their mill in 1887, this spelled the beginning of the end for Babylon. No records of the town exist past 1887.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Caleb Garcia
Mar 18, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Washboard
Trail is partially blocked by construction crews, was able to find an unmarked trail on the north side leading to the big rock pile. Super fun, fairly challenging (for a stock 4x4), and beautiful views. Sand is super soft and got stuck a couple of times, but isn’t a problem if you air down and bring traction boards.
Greg Jaworski
Jan 20, 2024
2018 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Muddy/Wet
John Peck
Jul 23, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty

Access Description

From the community of Toquerville, take West Field Road west to the trailhead.

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