Santa Clara Petroglyphs via Anasazi Trail

MODERATE 151 reviews

Santa Clair Petroglyphs via Anasazi Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ivins, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running 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

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

hiking
no shade
6 days 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
25 days 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Very nice walk with some inclines and nice views.

hiking
3 months ago

Good family hike fun to see pictographs. Great views.

mountain biking
no shade
4 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
4 months ago

Easy hike to the petroglyphs.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Very easy hike. We climbed down the rocks to see the petroglyphs. It was a lot of fun! My 3 boys (7,9, and 11) loved it!

hiking
5 months ago

Only saw two other people on the trail the entire time. Such an interesting place and the petroglyphs are sooo clear even after all of these years. It was a fun way to do a little rock scrambling (while avoiding the petroglyphs, of course).

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Nice, easy access. Perfect weather this morning. Very few people on the trail. Good views all around. Bring water!!! Remains of farmstead.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Hit this trail last week with the dog. We blew past the petroglyphs but found them on the way back. No shade- typical for the area. Wasn’t terribly hot yet and very manageable. Stunning views to the west.

recorded Anasazi Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Petroglyphs and desert scenery

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

Great trail to hike with stunning desert views! It was entertaining to try and find the petroglyphs among the boulders and listening to the river below.

hiking
off trail
7 months ago

Great for all ages! Not too long or steep. the petroglyphs were awesome. Exceeded expectations!

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

this was an enjoyable hike. it was pretty easy to get to the petroglyphs.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

hike was nice not much to see until you get to the end. Toilets were filthy, and glad we brought our own dog doo sacks the dispenser was empty. Would do it again but Will be prepared for "conditions "

hiking
no shade
rocky
9 months ago

10 months ago

Easy but fairly boring trek to reach the petroglyphs. Once there the hike becomes worth it. Scramble amongst the rocks to find the many petroglyphs. Most of the folks we encountered were seniors, so this is doable. Keep an eye on your kids while scrambling as there are serious drop offs. We will do this one again when we have guests.

10 months ago

Excellent hike, petroglyphs are numerous and worth the hike up. Trail is well defined, not crowded on a week day and parking lot with vault toilet. Don't miss it.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike with very cool petroglyphs. Great view of the valley on one side and the red cliffs on the other.

Thu Jun 07 2018

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.

Tue Apr 03 2018

Love it and the petroglyphs

Mon Apr 02 2018

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!

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