Trail Tuesday took me on a unique adventure this week to Kayenta, in Ivins, Utah. I had heard about a peace garden in the area and I set out to find it. I found what I was looking for, but it actually is the Desert Rose Labyrinth, located just off the main highway, in the Kayenta Area. Kayenta is about 12 miles from St. George. I drove from St. George out through Santa Clara on Old Highway 91, but you can also take Pioneer Parkway to this beautiful community. .
I found out that the Desert Rose Labyrinth was built by the residents of the Kayenta community in the spirit of peace and unity. It opened in the fall of 2004 and visitors are welcome to walk the labyrinth from dawn to dusk, daily. The Desert Rose Labyrinth is an eleven-circuit labyrinth with an adjoining sculpture garden. The website tells visitors that the labyrinth provides “an oasis of quiet for contemplation and reflection, as well as pleasure and enjoyment for everyone who visits.” The Kayenta community mentions that the labyrinth can “be a path of prayer, a walking meditation, and a calm comfort in chaotic times.” I enjoyed my experience immensely and truly felt calm afterward. I loved the sculptures near the labyrinth too. I spent an equal amount of time enjoying the sculptures as I did walking the labyrinth.
After experiencing the Desert Rose Labyrinth, I went over to investigate the Kayenta Coyote Gulch Art Village. The Kayenta Art Village is a unique village with art galleries, studios, cafes, gift shops and coffee shops. I found several one-of-a kind gifts for my friends and family while shopping here. You can also try learning how to paint or make pottery at Coyote Gulch Art Village in one of the many studios. Here is a map of the Art Village.
I encourage you to visit the Desert Rose Labrinth and Sculpture Garden when you visit the Coyote Gulch Art Village in beautiful Kayenta, Ivins, Utah.