Santa Clara Petroglyphs via Anasazi Trail

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Santa Clara River Reserve

Santa Clara Petroglyphs via Anasazi Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ivins, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 331 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

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nature trips

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bird watching

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wild flowers

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historic site

Great, easy hike/walk. Beautiful views. Cool petroglyphs. Can get a little bit off trail. Helpful to use the map.

18 days ago

The views of the red cliffs are beautiful and the petroglyphs are a really unique sight to see

Love this trail. You can see the entire city of St. George from the top

1 month ago

Beautiful panoramic views of Red Mountain. Easy hike for most. Interesting petroglyph. Very beautiful just before sunset. (I prefer the hike from the southern trailhead for hiking on this bluff for hiking and mountain biking.)

Great hike a lot of art work lol

walking
1 month ago

This is a wonderful hike. We went pretty early right at sunrise and we didnt see anyone on the way in but on our way out at around 9 there were a lot of people walking in. I would say the hike to the petroglyphs was easy. If you are on the fence about going, I would highly recommend this hike! We will definately hike it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Santa Clara River trail bike ride

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, will do it again and try different paths. However, I did see two rattlesnakes - one crossing the trail and one coiled up about 2’ from the trail. Be vigilant. I’d give 5 stars except for the snakes.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike kid friendly journey to see plenty of petroglyphs. Views are awesome.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a really fun trail. We ended up going just under 6 miles due to some exploring and just enjoying the nature. It was really windy at the top which was really fun.

2 months ago

There is a secret spot for the young at heart located just South of this hike. When you have reached the part of this trail that levels out a bit and the vegetation on the left has grown dense, make a left on a small pathway, just right of the fallen refrigerator. You'll know what I mean. There is a swinging rope and a jumping dock. But be careful, because there is little to no water to jump into. But if clubhouses are more your thing, there are some creepy small forts just West of there. It's a lovely place for the imagination. Oh, and the petroglyphs are cool too. There are all over the wall where you can find people's lost objects such as a large automobile.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail. There were a lot of people on a Saturday morning. Seeing the Indian art at the top was very nice. Most people seemed to have dogs. The big issue walking the trail was trying to avoid all of the dog poop on the trail.

no shade
3 months ago

Four stars for the payoff, but the trail itself isn't very exciting. Easy walk on a clear trail, but there is a mild slope the whole way up. On the way back down you have nice views of the Red Mountain and Pine Valley. Climbing around looking for the pictographs at the top was a lot of fun. On a Sunday morning there were quite a few people and dogs.

Great trail

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, short trail. Easy with minimal elevation gain. You could hike it with tennis shoes, I guess. Not well marked on Hwy 91. Coming out of Ivins, it's on the left. Two stacked stone columns with a bar across the top, like there was once a sign. Now there's a mailbox (#3333) next to the post on the left, makes it look like someone's private road, but it's not. Turn down the road and then, there's a sign and you know you're in the right place. Petroglyphs not well marked as to where they are. On the right of the trail, by the edge. You need to take one of the unmarked paths down into the rocks. Nice hike.

Short with wonderful views . A few people and dogs on trail this morning.

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful, easy trail.

hiking
muddy
no shade
off trail
rocky
6 months ago

On the way up is just a dirt trail when we got to the writing rocks it was exciting. A lot of dog pops please clean up after your lil one. But overall great hiking spot. Took my 7 year old and 5 year old and they enjoyed every 3 miles of it

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Great little hike in a beautiful area. I doubt the authenticity of lots of the glyphs - who came up with the idea of aliens having antennae? - but it has great views, and I can imagine the Anasazi kids scratching pictures on the rocks after bringing food from the valley up to the granary. When you get to the sign at the top of the switchbacks, you need to drop down into the rocks to see the pictures. If you continue up the trail, you will be treated to some great views, but won't see any rock pictures up there. Don't bother taking the switchbacks - the trail along the fence isn't steep enough to make it worth the extra distance, unless you're biking or jogging.

hiking
closed
private property
7 months ago

The first part of this trail, up to the petroglyphs is one of my favorites. Views are amazing the the rock writings are awesome. The problem now is the listed route. If you make this and out and back from the top it’s a 5 star. Looping down on the tava’itsi trail is NOT what you want to do. The fence line is redone and maintained. The trail is non existent and you have to bushwhack back to the Anasazi trail. Then no place to cross the maintained barb wire fence. This needs an update on the proposed route

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Although this trail is not challenging to hike and has pointless switchbacks, it provides beautiful scenery and history! Would recommend!

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

Very nice walk with some inclines and nice views.

hiking
10 months ago

Good family hike fun to see pictographs. Great views.

mountain biking
no shade
10 months ago

Did this as a mountain bike trail in the early morning I took my wife who is new to mountain biking. We had a ton of fun, took our time and did it in less than an hour. It's a perfect trail for someone new to mountain biking that wants to do something easy and non technical but has fun some features on it.

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

Easy hike to the petroglyphs.

hiking
no shade
Wed May 29 2019

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