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Anasazi Trail

Intermediate

Trail

6.3 mile 10.2 kilometer out and back
60% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 680' 207 m
Descent: -679' -207 m
High: 3,289' 1,003 m
Low: 2,923' 891 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Edward-Bam Lopez

A straightforward trail offering multiple views into the Santa Clara River Gorge and Petroglyphs.

Edward-Bam Lopez

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Overview

Enjoy the petroglyphs and views of the river gorge. This out-and-back features some cliff-side, easy family riding to a Native American farm site and rock art. This trail is open year-round.

Need to Know

The northern side of the Santa Clara River Preserve features a trail system under development. It's brand new, and changing quickly. The highlight is a trail that runs the length of the preserve from east to west, called Tempi'po'op, which I believe is Piute for "Rock Writing".

Description

The Anasazi Trail flirts with the cliff edge as you look for Native American rock carvings, then turns into singletrack for a mile of very fun, semi-technical riding. This central trail connects to other trail options that can change your ride from a quick hit-the-highlights (from one end to the other and back is 6.6 miles), or a 12 to 18 mile adventure.

Elevation at the ride's start (Anasazi Valley) is 3000 feet and at its end is 2800. The ride, however, tops out at 3350. Riding the main route is a simple over-the-hump and back down each way. If I were guiding another rider on this trail I'd start at the Graveyard Trailhead, climb up and over to the petroglyphs, then turn around and head down. That is, unless they've completed a loop route using the River Trail through the gorge - which is an awesome ride.

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Check-Ins

Jan 13, 2020
Travis Anderson
10mi — 1h 15m
Dec 29, 2018
William Tanner
9.1mi
Dec 28, 2018
Haley Lane
Hiroglifics
Dec 10, 2018
Lacey Johnson
Apr 8, 2018
James Craig
Feb 10, 2018
Salem Benjamin
Non-technical but decent climb up. Go through the gate and then a pretty technical descent. Didn’t have a shuttle, so it was climb/hike back 6.3mi
Sep 23, 2017
James Craig
6.3mi
May 27, 2017
Susan Daniero
6.3mi

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 15 votes

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  3.9 from 15 votes
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#66

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#1,633

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Photos

Below the edge of the cliff, passing pictograph panels.
Feb 18, 2015 near Ivins, UT
Anasazi trails is definitely a beginner’s, but the views are for everyone!
Oct 31, 2017 near Ivins, UT
Easy uphill ride at the start.
Jun 15, 2016 near Santa C…, UT
Great techy parts!
Sep 25, 2017 near Ivins, UT
Some rocks on the uphill climb.
Jun 15, 2016 near Santa C…, UT
Several trails junction with the Anasazi trail
Feb 18, 2015 near Ivins, UT

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