The Shinob Kibe Trail is one less traveled, but brings a great reward! Although the trail starts in the heart of the bustling community below, it has a very secluded nature, and once you reach the top of the plateau, it feels like you have left everything behind. Shinob Kibe (pronounced shin-o-bee kai-bee) is named after a Paiute deity who was considered to be a local protector for the tribe. The mesa was a sacred place for the local Paiute’s and its name means Great Spirit (Shinob) Mountain (Kibe). It was a place of refuge from attacks from the neighboring Navajo tribe that would capture women and children and use them as slaves. Hikers can still find an ancient medicine wheel near the summit. (As with all ancient sites and artifacts, please leave this site undisturbed. Observe it from a distance and appreciate the ability to enjoy the natural history.)
This mesa is special for another, more modern, reason. Before airplanes were equipped with the sophisticated instruments they have now, pilots would use landmarks to help navigate. This peak houses one of the three old cement aviation navigation arrows that can be found in the St George area. These arrows were used to guide pilots on the mail routes from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. Others like it can be found throughout the country. These are a fun piece of forgotten and little known history!
This trail takes you up a fairly quick elevation gain, which can be difficult for some hikers. Just take it slow and mind the little ones as you get closer to the top, as the trail narrows and there are some steep drop offs. When you get to the top, make sure to sign the guest sign in by the navigation arrow!
The Enepitsi Trail in the Santa Clara River Reserve is a nice, family friendly stroll that takes you right down into the Santa Clara River bottoms. You will start at the Tukupetsi trail head, which is a dirt single track, and then you will fork to the left and follow an old dirt road down into the river bottoms. Because of the proximity to water, the plants are all big and lush, and is a beautiful walk! As you walk along and admire the foliage, don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the petroglyphs that spot the sides of the cliff face. They are everywhere along the trail, but are easy to miss if you don’t climb up next to the rocks. You will also see some up high along the top of the cliff if you keep your eyes peeled. Go enjoy some of Southern Utah’s natural history, and always remember to treat them with respect so future visitors will have the same opportunity to enjoy them! Review this before you go!
The Angels Landing Trail is part of the West Rim Trail system in Zion National Park that leads out to a point that looks down on the Main Canyon and allows you to see up toward Kolob and down into Springdale. This trail begins at The Grotto and crosses over the Virgin River on one of the many walking bridges that Zion is known for. The trail follows the river and then turns to the west and then switchbacks up toward Refrigerator Canyon. This trail climbs quickly on the paved trail and you will see the vegetation change quickly. When you enter Refrigerator Canyon you will feel the cool breeze rushing through that gives the canyon its name. Next you will meet Walter’s Wiggles – a set of switchbacks that bring you up to Scout Lookout. From the lookout you will head up the chains that take you out to the point of Angels Landing. This part of the trail is exhilarating, but is not recommended for small children or people who have problems with heights.