Trail Tuesday took me out to the Anasazi Valley Trail, or Tempi’po’op, which leads to some spectacular ruins and some of the most well preserved petroglyphs in St. George and the Southern Utah region. The trail leads to an Anasazi Farmstead that is fenced in by wooden fencing. The ruins are fascinating. Tempi’po’op means “rock writing” in Paiute. There are dozens and dozens of petroglyphs and they are right out in the open for visitors to enjoy. They are beautiful to look at. I spent about a half an hour just finding petroglyphs and probably only saw a fraction of those on the plateau. I hope that visitors will continue to treat this area with respect so that these petroglyphs last for many generations to come.
Difficulty Level: Easy / Moderate
Trip Length: 3.5 miles
Area: Santa Clara / Ivins
Directions: The Anasazi Valley Trailhead is in Santa Clara on your way out to Ivins. From I-15 take Exit 6, head north on Bluff Street for approximately 3 miles and turn left onto Sunset Boulevard. Continue West on Sunset for about 7 miles and turn left. There will be a sign on your right that says Santa Clara River Reserve – Anasazi Valley Trailhead.” Turn left onto a gravel road after you see the sign. The entrance has a gate on it that is open during the days. Follow the dirt road for a few hundred feet and the trailhead will be on your left.