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Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George, Utah

The Anasazi Trail (aka Tempi’po’op, which means “rock writing” in Southern Paiute) in St.George is a casual trail that leads to ancient Pueblo & Paiute remains, as well as petroglyphs. This is more of a walk, rather than a hike, and is great for the whole family to do since it is only 2.2 miles RT. There is zero shade nor water, and the trail gets hot quickly. If you bring your dogs make sure to start early in the day so they don’t burn their paws. The path itself consists of long switchbacks, which lead you to a very small hill where the old farmstead was located, and is now fenced off. After checking that out, continue walking uphill (to the South) to see the petroglyphs. 

 

From St.George, head North on HWY 18, then turn left on Bluff St (HWY 8), which turns into Sunset Drive. Once you see Pioneer Parkway intersect from the right, and continue straight 1.6 miles until you see the brown sign for the Anasazi Trail and turn left. Drive another 1/3 mile until you see the parking lot on the left. A port-a-potty is available.

Here’s a driving map.

 

Distance: 2.2 mile loop

Elevation gain: 213 ft

Time: 1-2 hours

Dog friendly? Yes, off leash

Kid friendly? Yes!

Fees/Permits? None

 

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

Gotta get my sign photo!

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

The trail starts in the NE corner of the parking lot. You’ll see a few side trails leave the main trail, but stay on the main section to do the whole loop.

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

Easy walking.

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

Once you look back to the North the views are pretty nice!

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

Checking out the archeological site. To be honest, this was disappointing – you can hardly see any of the old remains of the pueblo.

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

We kept walking to find the petroglyphs.

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

Here we go – much better! I was way more interested in the petroglyphs on this walk.

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

Walk around the rocks to keep finding more.

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

So cool!

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

My favorite view from the walk.

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

After walking around the rocks, take the shorter route back to the car to cut off some time, making a loop.

 

 Check out my video on our trip here! 

 

 

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