The Spanish Wash traverses a relatively unknown and unused area of the Red Cliff Desert Reserve. This wash is one of several washes which drain the Red Cliff Mountains.
This wash passes under Interstate highway I15 near exit 16 through two culverts.
Overall rating = moderate
Distance: 5.5 miles return – moderate
Elevation gain: ~400 feet – easy
Terrain: mainly soft sand with some slickrock – difficult
Exposure: none – easy
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Take I15 exit 16 towards Hurricane and turn right on the Coral Canyon Parkway just off the interstate. Park at the Texaco gas station or the small parking spot across the parkway from the Texaco station.
Travel across the sand dunes keeping to the ridges to the left and closer to SR9. Entrance to Spanish wash is either via a steep sand slope near SR9 or down a short drop nearer the culvert under I15.
Once in the wash travel north to the two culverts under I15. These culverts are about 10 feet in diameter with the first culvert about 180 feet long and the second or north culvert 150 feet long.
The wash and trail travels about 2 miles in a nnortherly direction to the base of the Red Cliff hills.
Most of the wash is sandy but there are sections that pass over rock benches and short slot sections.
This wash and trail crosses the Prospector trail and further north the Cottonwood Hills Trail enters the wash.