Backdoor to Babylon Trail

Total Miles
3.5

Elevation

1,122.65 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This sandy trail in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area runs from the parking area by Sand Cove to the southwest. The trail is a good trail in most areas, but in a couple of places, the trail is off-camber, and the downside slides into the wash below. Depending on recent traffic, rain, and/or wind, the trail in these spots may not be passable without risking damage to your machine. But there is a way to back up a bit and get into the wash and go around the off-camber parts. You travel close to the Red Cliffs this area is known for. You get to some rock formations you can play around on, a wash you can drive down through, and some beautiful country! This area is known for Desert Tortoises, so be on the lookout for them. Also, in the spring, summer, and fall, you may find a rattlesnake if you're off the trail and hiking in this area. The trail is wide enough for our 72" CanAm. This track crosses private property, but there are no gates. Access is granted. To find this trail, from Leeds or Toquerville, take North Old Highway 91 to the Red Cliffs Rec Area to Virgin River Trail. Follow it down to this trail, which begins near the parking area for the Sand Cove hike. Hikes in this area include Sand Cove, the Old Toquerville Mine, Sandstone Mountain, and a natural Arch. The hikes are great because they get you into the red cliffs. Starting Feb 2023, Utah began enforcement of its new law, which requires an online education course for all off-roaders. The free course is available online. Google "Utah OHV Education Course," and the free test will pop up. It's an easy test that will only take 15-30 minutes, and it's required for all off-roaders, Jeeps, SXSs, dirt bikes, and ATVs. Kids under the age of 18 will have to take the Youth Education Test at the same site. After completing the test, print out the certificate to carry with you which shows you completed the course. We have taken it, and it's really no big deal. Good reminders about trail etiquette and trail preservation.

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Backdoor to Babylon Trail
Backdoor to Babylon Trail
Backdoor to Babylon Trail

Difficulty

This trail contains some rock formations to maneuver over. There are off-camber areas that may need to be avoided, depending on recent erosion from traffic, rain, or wind. The trail is a mix of sand and rock.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Francesco Iglesias
Feb 22, 2024
SxS
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
I counted 4 off camber ares and one that perhaps maybe kinda sketchy and next to it is a drop into the wash so be careful. on the way up to leeds road from the virgin river the all is easy and fun other than those few spots.

Access Description

To find this trail, from Leeds or Toquerville, take North Old Highway 91 to the Red Cliffs Rec Area to Virgin River Trail. Follow it down to this trail, which begins near the parking area for the Sand Cove hike.

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