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Anasazi Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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6.3

Miles

10.2

KM

60%

Singletrack

3,289' 1,003 m

High

2,923' 891 m

Low

680' 207 m

Up

679' 207 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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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Shared By:

Edward-Bam Lopez

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 17 votes

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  4.0 from 17 votes
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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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May 2, 2021
Hill Bean
Sep 21, 2020
Laric Tolleson
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

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