Enepitsi Trail |

Santa Clara

Hiking Enepitsi Trail - Santa Clara Hiking Enepitsi Trail
Santa Clara

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Overview

RATING: Easy Hike
LENGTH: 1+ hours
MAPS: SANTA CLARA, UT

Wed

44 | 28

Thu

51 | 28

Fri

49 | 36

Sat

47 | 33

Sun

50 | 30

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SEASON: Any, hot in summers.
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Bring All You Need

Wed

44 | 28

Thu

51 | 28

Fri

49 | 36

Sat

47 | 33

Sun

50 | 30

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Panels 3/4 of the way up on the left. Hard to photograph!

Panels 3/4 of the way up on the left. Hard to photograph!

Enepitsi (Ghost) Trail is one of our family's favorite trails in the St. George area. Excellent scenery combined with rock art, easy access, and a trail my preschooler could run and play on make this an absolute gem. The trail mostly follows dirt road, now closed to motor vehicles. It follows the Santa Clara River as it cuts through low hills before reaching the town of Santa Clara. If you have done the Anasazi Ridge Petroglyphs hike, then you have stood on the hills south of the gorge and looked down on this trail.

A lovely afternoon, I recommend binoculars for this hike. Several of the panels are high on the rim of the canyon and difficult to see well from the trail. Several panels are closer and easy seen/photographed. Bring a sharp eye, we a handful of interesting panels, but likely missed some.

Happy preschooler on a sunny winter day!

Happy preschooler on a sunny winter day!

Getting There

The trailhead is on the north side of Santa Clara. From St. George, take Bluff Street north to its junction with Sunset Blvd. Turn west onto Sunset Blvd and follow it for 4.1 miles to Graveyard Wash Road on the left. This road is easy to miss, and is at mile marker 2.85, just after a bend. Follow Graveyard Wash Road to the trailhead 0.5 miles.

Back of one of the largest boulders along the bottom of the cliff.

Back of one of the largest boulders along the bottom of the cliff.

Route

Rock Art and Historic Site Etiquette
Rock art and historic sites are fragile, non-renewable cultural resources that, once damaged, can never be replaced. To ensure they are protected, please:
  • Avoid Touching the Petroglyphs: Look and observe, BUT DO NOT TOUCH!
  • Stay on the Trails: Stay on the most used trails when visiting sites, and don't create new trails or trample vegetation.
  • Photography and Sketching is Allowed: Do not introduce any foreign substance to enhance the carved and pecked images for photographic or drawing purposes. Altering, defacing, or damaging the petroglyphs is against the law -- even if the damage is unintentional.
  • Pets: Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Artifacts: If you happen to come across sherds (broken pottery) or lithics (flakes of stone tools), leave them where you see them. Once they are moved or removed, a piece of the past is forever lost.

From the Tukupetsi Trailhead, cross through the fence and take an immediate left. The trail follows along the fence line. At a second junction, go left again, quickly reaching the closed road just beyond the gate.

Follow the road as it descends the hill and reaches the Santa Clara River. The black walls of the small canyon the river cuts through the hills rises immediately. Be on the lookout for rock art. There are several excellent panels along the road, but also visible high on the cliff just below the rim.

As an out-and-back, turn around is dictated by motivation. We continued through the canyon to where the road forks. By this point the canyon is wide. If you make it to this junction, keep an eye out on your return. There is a boulder on the right (river) side of the road just a minute or two down from the junction that has a bit of rock art on it.


Maps

Route / 3.19 miles / Elevation Range 2,812 - 2,908 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 262676mE 4113241mN

N37° 08' 08" W113° 40' 18"

Left at First Junction

12S 262624mE 4113247mN

N37° 08' 08" W113° 40' 20"

Left at Second Junction

12S 262443mE 4113270mN

N37° 08' 08" W113° 40' 28"

Road

12S 262361mE 4113235mN

N37° 08' 07" W113° 40' 31"

Panel

12S 262069mE 4113403mN

N37° 08' 12" W113° 40' 43"

Boulder rock art view

12S 261702mE 4113497mN

N37° 08' 15" W113° 40' 58"

Jct / Turn Around

12S 260559mE 4113834mN

N37° 08' 25" W113° 41' 45"

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