Explore the most popular hiking trails in Santa Clara River Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Anasazi Trail

4 months ago

Easy hike. It's fun looking for the petroglyphs, most are well hidden. The views are beautiful, it's a very peaceful place. Hike early as there isn't any shade.

6 months ago

Love it and the petroglyphs

6 months ago

WARNING: Watch out for the idiots shooting guns out here. When you call the police to alert them, they sometimes don’t even care they are shooting alongside the trail. They only care if they’re on the trail shooting. I gave it 3 stars because I love the rich history and the mountain bike trail, but I don’t like idiots with guns shooting near hikers. My favorite color is not hunter orange and I feel you need to wear it so you can avoid being shot!

6 months ago

Great trail close to town

This trail starts in Santa Clara and has beautiful canyon views then connects with the Anasazi Trail if one does the whole loop. Moderate difficulty and a favorite for mountain bikers.

Technically moderate in a few spots with great views of Snow Canyon

9 months ago

A beautiful hike where you can hike with your fur babies and also see petroglyphs ❤️

9 months ago

Not crowded at all The views were awesome and the trails easy to follow. Ready enjoyed this hike

Great for trail running more like 4 miles...

Hiked from Green Valley to Bloomington with my dog. This trail is sandy/dusty with a lot more bicycles than hikers. It has small steep hills that are great for bikes but the light sand on hard rock can be very slippery. Also, with a dog, you have to be very vigilant in watching behind for cyclist, they can be coming fast. I would highly recommend this trail for mountain bikes, but for hikers, St George has a lot better to offer.

11 months ago

One of my favorite hikes close to home. The petroglyphs are so cool and I can bring my dog. Can be busy on the weekends but during the week you’ll probably only pass a couple hikers on the trail, if that.

11 months ago

Kind of lame.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

This trail is horribly boring. I would not recommend it for anybody. It definitely is easy, but not worth it. Find any other easy hike.

trail running
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Perfect trail run. Arrived early to beat the heat and mountain bikers. Didn't see any bikers. Fun loop and not too much elevation. Trail marked very well. No shade so arrive early to beat the heat.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fun, easy and short. Red rock is always beautiful.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

good hike with the kids. beautiful views

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Very very easy trail...why not

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Beautiful views and easy to hike. Great trail run also.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Nice hike, well marked trail. We only passed three other hikers but we passed over 20 mountain bikers. There is no shade so I would not do this in the middle of a hot summer day. It looks like most of the bikes took the left fork at the beginning of the loop while we went the other way and we were able to see them coming. The dirt road off Gates Lane was graded pretty well so cars were able to drive up to the trailhead. Multiple trails leave from the parking lot.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Gentle incline for kids. Beautiful views at the top.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hard trail to ride but has some fun downhills

on Anasazi Trail

Friday, July 01, 2016

Walk this trail! First of all, if you're a runner, this is a good trail for you -- hard packed surface, slow incline.

The trail itself doesn't have much to look at as you're hiking, but the view at the top is worth it! Slight incline, lots of switchbacks, and at the top you'll stumble onto more petroglyphs than I've ever seen in one place! And the more you look, the more you will see!

The trail will continue further, and the view is great. You'll even see where someone got creative and turned a large boulder into a dinosaur head. It will definitely bring a smile to your face.

Be wise -- pack plenty of water as there is no shade!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

While the trail itself isn't superb, the Anasazi homestead and dozens of petroglyphs make this an outstanding hike. The views of the Santa Clara river are also quite nice.

Friday, March 11, 2016

great trail! very well marked, lots of fun obstacles that make for a good challenge. this trail is not for the novice rider. there are many difficult rocks to navigate while climing/decending. also. from the paved road to the actual trailhead is a very steep and bumpy dirt road that you have to drive very slow on to not jostle your bikes right of their racks! prepare ahead of time to creep down a dirt road for a good 15 minutes.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


Monday, September 14, 2015

Fairly easy hike up the hill to some of the best Petroglyphs this area has to offer! Be sure to follow the trail that leads down into the big rocks as well, that's where you will find some of the bigger petroglyphs!

Monday, July 27, 2015

great trail to exercise, I walk it 3-5 times a week. I mainly just walk from Ivins trail head to the petroglyphs about 1.5 miles one way. you can see lizards, jack rabbits, cotton tail, quail, humming birds and beware of rattle snakes. they sometimes in the drainage pipes. do to rain trail is not to friendly for strollers. enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2015

The petroglyphs were amazing! We hiked with a guide that was a retired archaeologist which allowed us to appreciate the experience much more. From a hiking perspective, it was an easy walk.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Awesome petroglyphs if you find them. Zero shade for hotter days but great views of the surrounding area the whole way up. I didn't mind the black drainage pipes as it's pretty evident from the washouts that this trail is a pain in the butt to keep whole.

As far as finding the glyphs I would recommend following the trail along the ridge until it intersects with the Tata'ansi trail. From there scramble down into the rocks to your right and work your way back towards the parking lot. Look for larger boulders with flat surfaces facing towards the Santa Clara river. You'll be rewarded with some awesome finds!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Loved the trail. We started in Santa Clara, and didn't see any of the drainage pipes the other posters talked about. The views of the canyon were incredible. We hiked about two miles up, and didn't see many petroglyphs. I would have loved to see more, but had four kids (ages 7-12) with us who were hot and tired and more than ready to go back. I wish we would have had some sort of guide to tell us how much further we would have had to go to see more petroglyphs.

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