Exploring The Breathtaking Landscapes Of Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
There are many awesome things about Southern Utah and one of those things is Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. You can catch a glimpse of Red Cliffs while driving on I-15. The information for this piece comes from Visit Utah.com, Utah.gov, and Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.com.
Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is a transition zone between the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau and was established in 1996. The reserve is 60,000 acres and contains a convergence of multiple ecosystems.
Red Cliffs is broken into the upland and lowland areas. The lowland is the most fragile and is set aside to protect sensitive species. When you visit the lowland area, you must stay on established trails and developed campgrounds.
A fun fact about Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is that Snow Canyon State Park is part of the reserve. Snow Canyon State Park was established in 1959 but that was not the first time people explored the park. According to Utah.Gov, "Artifacts reveal the presence of people in Snow Canyon by 500 B.C. Humans have likely used this canyon for more than 10,000 years, from Paleoindian mammoth hunters to 19th-century settlers."