Anasazi Ridge

Another weekend down in St. George!  On my first day off, I took a quick 2.4 mile round-trip hike along the Tempi’po’op Trail up to Anasazi Ridge.   The trail takes you to a slew of sandstone boulders 240 feet above the Santa Clara River.  Tempi’po’op (pronounced tumpee poo oop) means “rock writing” in Southern Paiute, and these boulders were covered with enigmatic designs and figures.  The hike itself is open and exposed (i.e. don't wait until mid-afternoon to hike it like I did!,) but the trail is in great shape and lined with blooming hedgehog cacti.

To get to Anasazi Ridge from I-15, take Exit 6, then turn north on Bluff Street. Turn left on Sunset Blvd.  Continue on Sunset Blvd as it turns into Santa Clara Drive.  Continue 3.2 miles past the Jacob Hamblin Home as Santa Clara Drive turns into Highway 91.  Turn left onto a gravel road and travel 0.3 miles to the Anasazi Valley Trailhead.

hedgehog cactus in bloom

map credit:  blm.gov