Anasazi Trail, Santa Clara River Reserve

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Anasazi Trail provides beautiful views of the Ivins & Santa Clara mountains. There is absolutely zero shade on this hike, so I recommend doing it early in the morning or evening, or in the off-season. This trail is located in the Santa Clara River Reserve, off Highway 91, near Ivins, Utah.

I love taking my dogs on this hike! Bonus: you’ll find awesome petroglyphs at the top!

Anasazi Trail

If you’re into trail running, Anasazi Trail is the perfect place! Running, dodging rocks, inclines, and beautiful views! It is also frequently used as a bike trail. Elevation at the ride’s start (Anasazi Valley) is 3000 feet and at its end is 2800. The ride, however, tops out at 3350.

Anasazi Trail is one of my favorite places to take people when they come to town to visit. It’s close by with gorgeous views right from the trailhead – that only get better the further you hike in.

If you’re feeling froggy, then jump!

Petroglyphs

You’ll need to scramble along the rocks overlooking Santa Clara River to see the petroglyphs. They won’t be easily visible from the top of the hike. Super neat to see! Once you see one, you’ll be able to easily explore and see the rest!

petroglyphs anasazi trail

Thes petroglyphs found at Anasazi Trail are called Temi’ Po’ Op´and, pronounced “tumpee poo oop,” which means “rock writing.”

petroglyphs anasazi trail

Location:

This trailhead is located just southwest of Ivins, in an area known as the Santa Clara River Reserve, off highway 91.

Take Exit 6 from Interstate 15 (the Bluff Street exit) and head north. Turn left on Sunset Boulevard and follow it west through Santa Clara (the road’s name changes to Santa Clara Drive). From the Jacob Hamblin historical home in Santa Clara (the road’s name changes again to Old Highway 91), continue 3.2 miles and then turn left through metal gates onto a gravel road. Travel 0.3 miles to the trailhead parking lot.

Coordinates:  (37.162326, -113.706175)

Trail distance: 2.9 miles

Recommended: when you’re done hiking, hop over to Kayenta Art Village for some delicious food and drinks with a view!

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  • Lisa
    2019-12-30

    This looks like a beautiful trail. What gorgeous photos! If I am ever near this area, I am definitely going to give this trail a visit. Thanks for the tips!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-12-31 Lisa

      Such a beautiful place to explore! Let me know if you ever visit and I’d love to show you around!

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