Red Cliffs National Conservation Area Waterfalls

Second Waterfall on Quail Creek

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The Red Reef Trail in St. George, Utah follows Quail Creek to a pair of waterfalls that are at times completely dry.

The trail head starts at the Red Cliffs Campground. The best spot to park, is near campsite #2, if you can get it. Parking is extremely limited, so go midweek or very early in the morning or late in the day or you will struggle with parking.

It’s 2.2 miles out-and-back and it’s an easy trail for kids. The trail passes old cottonwood trees, an alcove with Pictographs, and reflection pools in the creek.

The waterfalls were totally dry in December and January but rain and snow came in February and the water is still flowing headed into April.

If you hike the trail stop, at the alcove on the way to the waterfalls. I will cover the alcove, pictographs, reflection pools, mountains, and other areas of Red Cliffs in following posts.

I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 70mm on my EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera camera.

I took a wide variety of images at 70 mm with varying ISO settings, thus varying shutter speed. I also focused some images close and others on the waterfall. I did this so the foreground was sharp and the bubbles did not show motion. For the waterfall itself, I was at ISO 100 for 1 second.

The effect I was angling for was smooth water which required a longer shutter speed but I also did not want blurry bubbles so there was a tradeoff.

I used a polarizer on all of these images.

Vertical Image 

First Waterfall on Quail Creek


Waterfalls generally photograph best on overcast days or in the shade. These waterfalls are no exception.

Wind can be a major problem. If it’s windy, don’t expect smooth reflections.

Equipment List

Those interested in my equipment and recommendations can find it here: Mish’s Equipment List.

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5 thoughts on “Red Cliffs National Conservation Area Waterfalls

  1. We photographically-challenged are in awe of the beauty you are able to capture. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. I’m so glad you live here now… I’ve been here 10 years, and never knew of this place, let alone the beauty of the pictures. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING!!

    Diane Ray

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