The Red Ledges Cave | Western Swell

Hiking The Red Ledges Cave - Western Swell Hiking The Red Ledges Cave

Western Swell

Overview

RATING: Easy hike
MAPS: SID AND CHARLEY, UT

Sat

A chance of rain showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. West southwest wind 6 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

67 | 46

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 72.

72 | 42

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 78.

78 | 45

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 82.

82 | 52

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 84.

84 | 52

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SEASON: Spring/Fall. Roads need to be dry to access the trailhead. Hot summers.
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None, bring all you need.

Sat

A chance of rain showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. West southwest wind 6 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

67 | 46

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 72.

72 | 42

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 78.

78 | 45

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 82.

82 | 52

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 84.

84 | 52

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The Red Ledges Cave - Western Swell

The Red Ledges Cave - Western Swell

The Red Ledges Cave is a deep overhang in Red Ledges. The "cave" isn't visible from a distance, and is quite hidden in a small side canyon. I would have assumed, given the rock art nearby, that Native Americans would have occasionally used the cave at least as shelter. There isn't, that I could see, any signs of Native American use, however.

It is a short hike to visit the cave, so I recommend it if you are in the area and have a few minutes, though it is not a hike I would go out of my way to visit. The trail, a well-worn cattle trail, has nice broad views of the western Swell and was probably my favorite part of this short adventure.

Views from the cow trail on the hike.

Views from the cow trail on the hike.

Getting There

The first step is getting to Moore. This tiny community is about 50 miles south of Price Utah on UT-10, or just north of I-70, past the town of Emery. From Moore, take the Moore cutoff road that connects Moore to I-70. This is a paved, 2 lane road. Follow it about 8.5 miles from Moore to where a side road comes in on the left (north) side of the road just past mile marker 11. This is on a stretch section of the paved road. Reset your odometer as you turn off the paved road.

  • Turn off Moore Cutoff Road and reset your odometer. ( 12S 496584mE 4307842mN / N38° 55' 10" W111° 02' 22" )
  • 1.44 miles - Gate. This is a good landmark to make sure you are on the correct road. Leave it in whatever state you find it, usually closed. ( 12S 497860mE 4309331mN / N38° 55' 58" W111° 01' 29" )
  • 3.3 miles - Cross a major wash. The road gets rougher from here. ( 12S 498570mE 4311646mN / N38° 57' 14" W111° 00' 59" )
  • 4.35 miles - Another fairly major wash crossing. The road passes numersous smaller washes from here on as it crosses an open plain. ( 12S 499289mE 4312419mN / N38° 57' 39" W111° 00' 30" )
  • 5.2 miles - Small reservoir on the right. This is the Red Ledges Cave trailhead. ( 12S 500183mE 4313304mN / N38° 58' 07" W110° 59' 52" )
The cave from across the canyon.

The cave from across the canyon.

Route

From the reservoir, follow the wash that comes out of the reservoir downstream. In a few minutes, it begins to drop quickly, and a cow trail crosses the wash. Follow the cow trail out the right (south) side of the wash. It heads southeast a short distance, then descends a steep sandy slope down The Red Ledges.

Once down, head left (north) along the base of the cliffs to the first drainage. This is the same drainage you were coming down earlier, but you have to detour on the cow trail to bypass obstacles.

Go left up the drainage, the cave is on the right a little above the stream level and difficult to spot until you are right to it.

Return the same way.


Maps

Route / 1.25 miles / Elevation Range 5,746 - 5,875 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 500180mE 4313294mN

N38° 58' 07" W110° 59' 53"

Trail Down

12S 500623mE 4313187mN

N38° 58' 04" W110° 59' 34"

Cave

12S 500702mE 4313340mN

N38° 58' 09" W110° 59' 31"

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