Although Buckskin Hollow is trailless and seems hitherto unknown, a maintained path does cross the upper end of the drainage, a short distance above the north edge of the colorful area. This is the Winchester Trail
, one of about 40 lightly-used paths in the recently created (2009), BLM-managed Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, accessed by Cottonwood Road/Old Dump Road, an unsigned byway which begins along a nondescript back road in St George (Industrial Street), one mile from I-15 exit 8. The route is paved for a few miles, climbing fairly gently and soon exiting the built-up area, crossing arid, volcanic slopes covered only by short grass and grey lava blocks. It passes one trailhead (T Bone) soon after which the pavement ends, replaced by bumpy gravel with protruding lava and lots of loose stones. The road proceeds to a second developed trailhead, for the Yellow Knolls
area to the east; the Winchester Trail also starts near here, 250 feet back down the road, on the far side. Beyond, the road surface deteriorates further, and 4WD is recommended for onwards travel, though all vehicles should be able to get this far. The road continues another 28 miles, rejoining I-15 at the small town of Leeds, passing close to other interesting areas along the southern slopes of the Pine Valley Mountains including the cliffs of Yant Flat
and several short slot canyons such as Yankee Doodle Hollow
The Winchester Trail follows an old vehicle track due west, beginning at a gate alongside the Red Rock Parkway. It crosses a plateau to the rim of a wide ravine (Twist Hollow
), then descends 200 feet to the streambed, following the course of some powerlines. The sloping valley sides are formed of overgrown lava blocks, and the drainage narrows upstream, where it is followed by another path (the Black Gulch Trail
), though the surroundings do not seem particularly interesting. The main route climbs up the far side, passing a good selection of Mojave Desert plants including mammillaria, echinocereus and yucca. Bighorn sheep seem relatively common in this location. An area of white slickrock comes into view to the south, as the path crosses a little gully, ascends some more and meets the upper end of Buckskin Hollow, shortly after the rocks in the distance change to red. The remainder of the path continues northwest another half mile to the NCA boundary, which has private land on the far side.