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