Babylon Arch on the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve near St. George is a lovely feature unto itself, but the real thrill of this hike is the journey. The trail winds from the Sand Cove Primitive Campground through a maze-like landscape of red rock formations. Desert life abounds on the trail. You can look for beautiful desert plants like cliffrose, sand verbena and Sonoran scrub oak; lizards; snakes; and if you're lucky the rare desert tortoise.
Directions • From Leeds, take Main Street (State Road 228) northeast to 900 North and turn southeast. Stay on 900 North as it bends south and turns to a dirt road, driving for just under 3 miles to a left turn (east) into the Babylon trailhead parking lot. If you don't have four-wheel drive, do not attempt the final half mile; I have seen two cars stuck in the sand. Instead, park at the trailhead and hike on the signed Flicker Trail southeast about a half mile southeast a quarter mile to the wash, where it meets with a dirt road you can walk another quarter mile southeast to the parking circle and trailhead.
If you have four-wheel drive, stay on the dirt road that runs along the north edge of the parking lot. Go east about 0.2 mile and bend south, down to a wash. Cross the wash and go another quarter mile south and east to the parking loop at Sand Cove.