Leeds Creek - Cottonwood Vista Loop

Total Miles
0.4

Elevation

1,301.73 ft

Duration

0.25 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Leeds Creek-Cottonwood Trail runs generally east and west in the Dixie National Forest in the shadow of Trail, Signal, and Burger Peaks. The Vista Loop spur off of this trail is Forest Service Trail #34058 and rises to an elevation of just over 4267 feet. It's a short loop, but it offers amazing views of Hurricane Valley, Leeds, Silver Reef, and Sand Hollow State Park. The views from this loop also include views of the Cottonwood Forest Wilderness and the Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness. You do go through some private property on the Leeds Creek-Cottonwood Trail, and there may be cows and horses on the road. Trails in this area may be impassable if the valley and lower mountains get a big snowstorm or heavy rain. We rode it in early February, and while we encountered a bit of mud, most of the trails were dry. The Vista Loop was the muddiest trail. There is great cell service up here, and on one end of Leeds Creek-Cottonwood Trail, you find St George, Ut. On the other, Leeds, Utah, so there is fuel and food close by if you need to refuel. Combine this short loop with the Spur With a View, Elephant Skin Canyon, North Spur #34055, Rock Crawling Playground, and North Spur #30903, and you've got a full day of exploring some of Southern Utah's best scenery. Be sure to bring your camera as the photo opportunities are plentiful. Bring lunch and your hiking poles so you can enjoy the canyons and washes at the ends of these trails. 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.

Photos of Leeds Creek - Cottonwood Vista Loop

Leeds Creek - Cottonwood Vista Loop
Leeds Creek - Cottonwood Vista Loop
Leeds Creek - Cottonwood Vista Loop

Difficulty

In the wintertime, this trail will be muddy and/or snowy. The same is true after a hard rain. There are some areas of erosion and washouts, but it's an easy trail.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

There are no status reports yet for this trail.

Access Description

From Leeds, Utah, take Silver Reef Road to Oak Grove Road and that will connect with Leeds Creek-Cottonwood Trail. It's Forest Road #30031. Follow Leeds Creek-Cottonwood Trail to this trail.

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