Red Cliffs Desert Reserve - Red Cliffs Conservation Area
The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and Red Cliffs Conservation Area are two interconnected protected areas located in southwestern Utah, USA.
The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve was established in 1996 to protect the Mojave Desert tortoise and other threatened and endangered species. It covers over 62,000 acres and includes a variety of desert ecosystems, including sand dunes, cliffs, washes, and canyons. The reserve is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is open to the public for a variety of recreational activities, such as hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing.
The Red Cliffs Conservation Area was established in 2009 to protect the scenic and recreational values of the area. It covers over 20,000 acres and includes several popular hiking trails, such as the Red Reef Trail and the Cottonwood Trail. The area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
Together, the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and Red Cliffs Conservation Area provide important habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal species, including the desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, and peregrine falcon. The areas also provide important recreational opportunities for visitors to experience and enjoy the beauty and diversity of the southwestern Utah desert.