Red Hills Parkway
The Red Hills Parkway trail is part of the St. George City trail system and lies entirely within or on the south border of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve above the heart of the city. The trail starts at the junction of the Red Hills Parkway with State Route 18 and runs east about 3 miles to near its junction with 900 East in St. George. The trail is paved throughout its length and is suitable for hikers, joggers, bikers, and in-line skaters. Elevation gain for the first 1 1/2 miles is about 175 feet with about a 230 foot loss from there to the trail’s east end. The trail has logical connections with the city’s SR-18 trail and other trails inside the Reserve including City Creek, Rusty Cliffs, Pioneer Hills, Pioneer Rim, T-Bone, and Owen’s Loop. To facilitate visitor access to each of these trails, the city has constructed Parkway underpasses at a quarter mile, a mile-and-a-half, and two-and-a-quarter miles from the start to provide connections to the City Creek/Rusty Cliffs trails, the Pioneer Hills trailhead parking area, and the city’s popular Pioneer Park facility. Stepover gates are provided immediately adjacent to the trail at mileage points 0.4 and 1.6 to allow entrance to the north and south ends of the City Creek trail, respectively. A total of four pullout parking areas are provided along the route to allow visitors to park their vehicles on the eastbound side for views into St. George proper from on high and to start their hikes or rides from various points along the trail. Visitors are also invited to use the stairs to climb to the top of the city’s large water tank located adjacent to the trail near its east end and enjoy views of St. George City and learn about water management for this growing area. A good four-mile hike is created by parking at the Pioneer Hills trailhead on the westbound side and taking the nearby underpass (100 yards to the northwest) to reach the paved trail and coming back east to the City Creek stepover. Then take the easy to moderate three-mile City Creek dirt trail to its northern end, exiting at the north stepover and following the paved trail back to the start of the hike. Check out the City Creek trail description to see if this hike is right for you.