Reds Canyon

An easy, scenic drive to a beautiful, remote canyon.

Total Miles
45.5

Elevation

2120.9 ft

Duration

5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring/Summer/Fall

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Trail Overview

If you are trailing an ATV or UTV, you can make it to the left turn at McKay Flat. Roads are wide enough to park along the edge. On this route you'll see Hondoo Arch, Tomsich Mine, Lucky Strike Ghost Town and more. Take an optional side trip on the very scenic Hidden Splendor Road, or expore the many side roads.

Difficulty

Easy. The main roads are mostly wide and smooth and suitable for passenger cars when dry. However, about half of Reds Canyon follows a sandy wash and canyon bottom, where you may sometimes need 4-wheel drive. Storms and flash floods can make conditions more difficult. Go with another vehicle if possible.

History

In 1949, The Atomic Energy Commission started a program to encourage prospectors to search for uranium. Mines and shack towns popped up all over this area. Entrances to most mines have been boarded up for safety reasons. As of this writing, there was still something to see at the Tomsich Mine and the Lucky Strike Mine. Read kiosks near both locations for more info.

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

Get off Interstate 70 at Exit 131. On the south side of the exit there is a large circular parking area where you can stage. It is legal to ride on the chip-sealed frontage road.