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Red Cliffs Trail

Red Rock Canyon State Park

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 0.7 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  The Red Cliffs Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park travels past reddish cliffs comprising sandstone, mudstone, and some volcanic rocks... more »

Tips:  Leaving the trail is encouraged! Many interested rocks and features are found off-trail, but be very careful of loose, weak, crumbly... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

The parking is located on the east side of Highway 14 just south of Abbott Drive (the main drive leading to the Red Rock Canyon State Park Visitor Center and Campground).

There is a picnic area here.

CA State Park Day Use Fee is not currently required for this trailhead, but is encouraged to support this park and is required for the visitor... More

2. Red Cliffs showing faulting and slumping

The prominent red cliffs nearby will draw your eye, and a close inspection shows that these erosional forces that formed these cliffs are still at work. The cliffs are formed from interbedded sand and mudstone, with the red staining due to iron. Water seeps out between the rock layers after heavy rain and runs down the cliff, eroding sand away... More

3. Bench at overlook

On top of a hill just off the main trail is a pleasant bench.

4. Geology

The rocks in this area comprise light-colored weak sand and mudstones overlain by darker and harder volcanic ash and lava (basalt). The red staining seen on the sandstone is a result of iron staining.
The red cliffs erode from faulting or slumping, and water seeps. After heavy rainstorms, water seeps out from between the layers and runs down the ... More

5. The Trail

The trail is pleasant, sandy, and easy to follow.

6. Plants

The desert is home to many species of plants which will bloom and dry out at different times of the year.