Hikes in Santa Clara and Ivins areas
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!
Lava Flow Overlook Trail – also known as Lava Tubes – is a family friendly trail that takes you down past three lava tube/cave entrances in the heart of Snow Canyon State Park. The original trail has been recently modified and begins from the newly installed parking lot. The trail meanders through a lava field that is beautifully decorated with typical low land plants. The whole park is open to your view as you travel along this well traveled single track. There are signs along the trail with little explanations about the lava tubes and the plants and animals. This trail is not only fun, but educational as well! The lava tubes are an adventure to explore, so be sure to carry a flash light. Down past the last lava tube entrance, the overlook is a great reward for this trip!
Hellhole Canyon Trail, sometimes known as Kayenta Canyon or Kayenta Wash North, is a hike that takes you into a spectacular canyon that you can’t see from the road, and at the right time of the year, will reward you with an amazing waterfall! The trail follows Kayenta Wash up into the canyon. You can walk up the wash, but it will add a significant amount of time and effort to your trip. The hike does have a few steep climbs and takes you along some drop offs. Give yourself a couple of hours to enjoy this hike thoroughly. Make sure you take plenty of water!
Hidden Pinyon Trail in Snow Canyon State Park is a moderate trail that takes you into the heart of Snow Canyon and affords some of the best views in the park! It is a short hike and can be done fairly quickly. The Park has placed markers on the trail and provides a corresponding brochure to point out different flora and geological information along the route. This is a fun trail that is suitable for most hikers. There are a couple of steep climbs and a drop off for a small section.
Petrified Dunes in Snow Canyon State Park is right in the heart of the park. These incredible rolling mounds of petrified Navajo Sandstone are fun for hikers of all ages. You need not worry about staying on the trail, because there is plenty of exploring to do! Make sure you bring your camera, as this hike provides some of the most incredible views in the park, and is one of the most photographed places in the area! Now go and explore!
Jenny’s Canyon is a nice short walk up into a slot canyon and an overlook. This is a great hike for families and small children. There is also climbing available up the slot canyon walls. The trail winds down a path and crosses a dry wash that may be impassible in a rain storm. A few steps up to the left take you into the canyon. To the right is a nice overlook where you can see the Snow Canyon Sand Dunes across the way.
The Scout Cave trail just south of Snow Canyon State Park is a great mix of easy and moderate. It passes over lava flow fields, stream beds, and Navajo Sandstone rocks. Trail is open all year, but watch for flooding in rainy seasons. This trail is not stroller friendly, but is passable by young children (5 and up). Great morning or evening hike!
This is a great hike for the whole family! It is an easy trail that passes through a lava flow field, dry stream bed, and into a canyon. This hike allows great views of the Red Mountain and down through Paradise Canyon. As you enter the canyon you will see a little spring down to the right and as you look up you will see a magnificent arch spanning 200 ft. The canyon has alot of shade and is cool place to sit and have a picnic with the family. This hike is there-and-back, so head back the way you came.
This is a family friendly, easy hike that all can enjoy. There is a great flavor of Anasazi culture as you wind up the path that leads to some old Anasazi Farmstead foundation remains, and some incredibly well preserved petroglyphs. You can take the stroller, or pack the kids on your back. However you prefer to do it, this is a great hike with some great history!
The Red Mountain Trail holds some of the most incredible views of any hike in Southern Utah. The trail passes along the Snow Canyon Overlook, which is a site to behold, and carries along through wilderness area that few have seen. This trail can be done on foot, or horseback. The trail cuts through all different types of vegetation and scenery. It can be done as a long day hike, or as a backpacking trip. Be aware of the weather before you go. Although there are small trees along the way, the trail is primarily fully exposed, so prepare accordingly. Be safe and have fun out there!