Driving along the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park I am reminded, the vast majority of scenery, canyons and peaks reside outside of the main Zion canyon. North and South Guardian Angels, The Subway, and others offer a more primitive recreation to those seeking a road less traveled.
Red Butte is located just outside of Zion National Park on BLM managed lands. Crossing over the cattle guard, the asphalt turns the typical gray, from the reddish color used in the park. Look to the left and the very prominent point of Red Butte can be seen. It is 12.5 miles from the Kolob Reservoir sign just outside of Virgin, UT to the dirt road leading to Red Butte. A high clearance vehicle and 4x4 wheel drive is recommended. A green gate marks the boundary of Red Butte Wilderness area and no motor vehicles of any kind are allowed.
GPS track can be downloaded from Other Resources under "Trip Report".
Backcountry Route! Safely hiking backcountry routes depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to your surroundings. Your safety is your responsibility.
Technical section! This route includes 3, 4 & 5th class sections. "Take the proper equipment, have the right skills and use sound judgment. Be prepared to take care of yourself and your group by resolving any problems that may arise. Rescue is not a certainty. If rescue is possible, it will take hours or days to remove an injured hiker from the backcountry". ** Zion National Park Backcountry Guide.
Challenging route finding required.
Equipment: 150' rope, harness, rappel device, 25' webbing, good shoes for slickrock scrambling.
Water: 2-3 liters, full sun,
Altitude: 6100 - 7400 feet.
Permit: NOT required. Outside of Zion National Park.
Take plenty of energy snacks!