Castle Cliffs

Castle Cliffs OHV trail is a scenic desert ride in a unique corner of Southwest Utah where the Great Basin transitions into the Mojave Desert. This area is part of the Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area (NCA), please stay on established roads and marked trails. This is a great trail adventure in the winter, early spring and fall. Below you will find map resources and some suggestions for riding in this area.

Our ride took about five hours at 12 mph covering a distance of 50 miles. Riding consists of mostly graded county roads in the conservation area but some of the roads may be subject to washouts.

The trail begins directly off Old Highway 91 west of St. George, offering an escape from the bustling city while keeping the amenities of a first class resort town nearby. There are currently no facilities on this trail other than some primitive designated camping areas. Be sure to stock up on supplies before heading out.

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Would you like to see the trail in an animated 3D flyover map? If it appears to pause, that is likely a place I stopped for a while. It will continue, just wait a few moments. Link to 3D flyover.

Here is the 360 view at the trailhead. Feel free to tour around a bit inside Google Street Views. We have recorded the trail in 360 and it is now part of Google Street Views so you can take a virtual tour of the trail to see if it is for you. We’ve made it a bit easier to navigate, scroll down and you will see more 360 embedded tours as we encounter intersections, trail markers or interesting places along the trail.

On any image, you can click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner and the view will change to an overview map showing the Google Street View blue lines. You can click anywhere on that blue line and drop down to the 360 ground-level views at that point.

You can move the image 360 degrees, click the arrow to move further down the trail and zoom in and out to take a closer look. Clicking the box in the upper right-hand corner will enlarge to full screen for a better view.

There is an area to park off highway 91 at the Hole in the Rock Pulloff or take the Lytle Ranch Road and stage from the trailhead a few miles from the highway. Turn right heading north at the sign for Welcome Spring Pipeline. Welcome Spring Climbing Site from this point continue on around the curve and you will head westward on the trail. Turn left to turn into the wash. At the right time of year (December), snow makes a real contrast to the desert. Stay left to keep on the loop trail. There is a designated campsite off to the right. The road to the left is a dead end. This is a challenging section where areas of the road might be washed out. The trail ties back into the Lytle Ranch Road (the road you came in on). Head right to continue on west. Turn left. There is a designated camping area (#26) off the road. If you continue on you can ride another loop off the main road continuing on to the next intersection. Turn right onto Indian Springs Trail heading north. Joshua Trees lining the trail look like something out of Dr. Suess.

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