“A straightforward trail offering multiple views into the Santa Clara River Gorge and Petroglyphs.
— Edward-Bam Lopez
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".
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.