Rattlesnake Creek Trail
Located just outside the park’s north entrance, part of the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area. This rugged trail drops 2,500 feet in four miles where it intersects with Ashdown Creek. Hikers can then follow the creek upstream into the canyons of Cedar Breaks, or follow the creek down through the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area, dropping an additional 1,000 feet over five miles to the lower trailhead at the 7-mile marker on Utah Highway 14 east of Cedar City. Trail markers are poor or non-existent in places, so hikers should be versed in map reading. Be prepared to do some wading. Hikers should be advised to check the weather prior to trip in case of flash floods within the gorge.
NOTE: Almost all the trails into the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area travel through private property at some point. Please respect the landholders and follow all the guidelines outlined by Leave No Trace.
Major areas of private land include the northwestern end of the Potato Hollow Trail, Ashdown Creek from the beginning of the gorge east for about one mile, and all buildings located near the creek bed.