The Babylon Area refers to part of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve accessed by Babylon Road. The area has a rich history that parallels Silver Reef's. Both the White and Buckeye Reefs have their geologic counterparts in Babylon, and the ruins of a mill along with several mine shafts are still visible, along with petroglyphs from before Europeans set foot on this land. If that weren't enough, Sandstone Mountain, beautiful red spires, and several access points to the Virgin River add much scenic splendor to the area. In addition to these, the area offers nice hiking trails to view its many features. The most popular goes to a small but unique sandstone arch and is accessible from the Sand Cove parking lot and campground.
Now for the bad news. The access road can be rough, sand covered, and limited to only one full-sized vehicle in some stretches. Four wheeled high clearance vehicles should handle most of these challenges, although ATV / UTV's will have few problems with getting stuck or passing other vehicles if care is taken. Regular drive autos do frequent the Sand Cove parking lot midway in the preserve, however. Problems encountered would probably relate most to road conditions, which vary over the year, and numbers of other vehicles in this part of the preserve, which is usually higher on the weekends.
To get to the Babylon area from Silver Reef, head back towards Leeds. Turn left onto Main Street and head north out of town. In about a half mile turn right onto Babylon Rd. Keep going until you enter the preserve, then you are on your own. No toilets or potable water are available in this part of the reserve.
Pictures of What You Can See in the Babylon Area
More detailed information on visiting the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve (Babylon) is available on their web site. A link is available to their site on our EXPLORE page.
For pictures of the mining operations in Babylon go to the MINING & MILLS tab.