Ranger Bart Trail, located in the beautiful Southern Utah area, is an amazing place to explore, on and off the trail. This trail features stunning views of the Virgin River, the city of St George, and surrounding areas!
The easiest way to get here is to simply put “Anderson trailhead, St. George, UT 84790” in your GPS. This will take you directly to the Ranger Bart trailhead.You’ll hit a golf course, drive along the side, and hit the dirt parking lot. The trail is easily seen from the parking area. You’ll be hiking on an old ATV dirt road.
This entire hike is full of side trails that will have you wandering. I also love hiking during this time of year (spring time) when things start blooming. By things, I mean cactus. It is the desert.
The Virgin River
You’ll find plenty of opportunities to veer off the trail. The Virgin River is gorgeous! Totally worth the side hike to check it out every chance you get.
And, of course, it makes for some awesome photo opportunities. Don’t mind me, just zenning out in my happy place.
Outside is the best side.
Get ready for some views
As you keep trucking along on the dirt road, you’ll see a trail that leads up a mountain. You’ll want to veer right to head up it. My favorite thing about Ranger Bart Trail, is that you can make your own paths at anytime and see somerhing new. The views at the top of this mountain are well worth the climb!
Reminder: It is VERY hot in the desert, so I wouldn’t do this in the summer! Bring lots of water and sun screen.
You’ll get 360-views of the surrounding areas, including the virgin river! It’s awesome.
Warning: it’s the top of a mountain. So naturally, it’s windy. Watch yo self.
Of course I had to take a moment to plank. And also do some mountain-top push-ups. Because science.
You’ll get views literally in every direction!
After heading back down the mountain, I made more of my own paths off the regular trail to explore the surrounding area.
Okay, okay, back to the trail. According to all-trails you just keep following it and it continues. Let me tell you, that’s a lie. The trail stops about a mile past this horseshoe-bend-style area at another point of the Virgin River. The only way to keep going is to go through the river (DON’T DO THAT) or bushwhack your way through very thick and very pokey bushes. (I wouldn’t do that either, unless you regularly hike with a machete, then you do you, boo boo.)
Since we couldn’t see a way to continue the trail, we turned back and explored a bit more on some side trails. You can’t really go wrong wherever you choose to venture off to in this area. The scenery is beautiful.
Warning: depending on the time of year you go, watch out for snakes! This is nature, people. Snakes are real. This applies to all the trails here in Southern Utah, not just Ranger Bart Trail.
We came across this baby rattlesnake that was (thankfully) dead already. A special thank you to whoever morbidly smashed it with a rock prior to us stumbling across it. You the real M.V.P.