The Historic Babylon Trail is a combination of single- and two-track. The two-track section is a remnant of Pioneer mining days. It was a road used by miners to haul silver ore from the Silver Reef area to the north to the Babylon Mill along the Virgin River (now gone except for a few ruins). Sections of the historic road were completely wiped away from previous flooding of Grapevine Wash, but look for stone embankments used in the construction of the road through the deeply divided terrain. The trail offers great views of the colorful Triassic/Jurassic landscape.
Overall rating = moderate
Distance: 2.2 miles one way – moderate
Elevation gain: 200 feet – easy
Terrain: rocky trail with many stream crossings – moderate
Exposure: none – easy
To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System
If travelling north-east on Interstate I15, take exit 22 onto S Main Street in Leeds, Utah and proceed north-east through Leeds. If travelling south-west on Interstate I15 take exit 23, turn left on Silver Reef Drive going under I15 to N Main Street and turn left heading north-east.
Travel north-east out of Leeds to gravel road 900 N which is marked with a brown sign. This road veers south into Babylon and ultimately ends at the historic Stormont Silver Mill on the Virgin River, a distance of 4.3 miles.
The trailhead is at the bottom of a long ride down the steep cliffs.
For a one page printout of the directions to this trail click Directions to the Historic Babylon Trail
The road to the main parking area from the Leeds turnoff descends gradually and is quite rough and sandy in places. A high clearance vehicle may be needed to travel this road. Also this road can be sand covered in places making it difficult to return as the return is uphill. The main road which continues on to the Virgin River and the historic Stormont Silver Mill is steep and rocky and requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle or ATV.
As you enter the trail through the break in the cliffs at the Grapevine Wash there are pictographs high on the rock wall to the left.
For a 5.7 mile loop, head out .2 miles on the Historic Babylon Trail until it intersects with the East Reef Trail. Turn right and continue on the Historic Babylon Trail for another 2.6 miles. The Historic Babylon Trail intersects (actually turns into) the Little Purgatory Trail. Follow the Little Purgatory Trail up the mountain and back down the other side for 2.7 miles until it again intersects with the Historic Babylon Trail. Turn right on the Historic Babylon Trail and travel a little over .1 miles to return to original intersection of East Reef Trail and Historic Babylon Trail. Return on the Historic Babylon Trail for .2 miles to the Historic Babylon Trailhead.