Enjoy views of red mesas covered in lush vegetation near the bed of Dry Beaver Creek. Spring snowmelt creates freshwater flow in the usually dry creek bed. Begin this moderate trail at the signed trailhead near the Red Rock Ranger District Station off State Route 179. The level, unshaded trail follows an old jeep road into the wide canyon mouth and continues climbing gradually. At 2 miles, the trail crosses a usually dry streambed, through a cattle gate to a fork. Take the right fork to continue the Woods Canyon Trail. At 3.5 miles the trail emerges on a picturesque expanse of red rock at the edge of the normally dry creek bed studded with grey boulders. Continue for another 0.75 miles for some nice red rock views as the trail climbs out of the creek bed. Return the same way.
Hiking Distance: Woods Canyon Trail, 10 miles round trip, or turn around at any point
Viewing Tip: Look for wildflowers in the spring. At approximately 2.3 miles stop for a snack break in the boulder wash and enjoy the spring water flowing through Dry Beaver Creek.
Driving Directions: From the Visitor Center, 331 Forest Road, turn right on 89A. At the circle, take the 3rd exit to 179 for 8.4 miles. Turn left at the Ranger Station and park to the right of the first large building. Look for the trail sign near the edge of the parking lot.
Parking: 30+ spaces at the Ranger Station
Amenities: Best in spring when water is flowing. This lesser-used trail is typically quiet and peaceful. Pet friendly (leash required) but watch for local horseback riders on the trail. Hikers and bikers always yield to horses. Restrooms at the Ranger Station Visitor Center. Restrooms are available during Red Rock Ranger District Stations visitor center hours.