Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Anasazi Trail

Recommended Trail Users: Equestrians, Hikers, Mountain Bikers

Type: Singletrack

Length: 0.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy/Easiest

Special Area: Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Sub-Area: White Reef and Red Cliffs Recreation Area
 
Zone: Lowland

Property Management: BLM
 
Access: Red Cliffs Recreation Area – From I-15 Exit 22* (northbound only), turn right onto the frontage road at the end of the freeway off-ramp. Travel south approximately 2 miles. Turn right just past the sign for the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. Proceed under the two freeway tunnels, and follow the paved road into the campground. Pay a day use fee and park in one of the day use parking spaces.
 
*From I-15 Exit 23 (southbound only), turn left on Silver Reef Road at the end of the freeway off-ramp. Turn right onto Main Street and travel south for 3.5 miles. Turn right just past the sign for the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. Proceed under the two freeway tunnels, and follow the paved road into the campground. Pay a day use fee and park in one of the day use parking spaces.
 
Description: The trail starts on the east side of the campground across the street from campsite #11. Anasazi Trail leads to an interpreted heritage site (Red Cliffs Archaeological Site). Several prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan sites have been stabilized and interpreted for public visitation. Although the area is largely sandy red sandstone, the trail has a compacted surface. A pleasant little section travels through a shady riparian zone, but the majority of the trail is a classic desert experience through sagebrush, creosote bush, and yucca.
 
Loop: For just under a 1 mile loop, take the 0.5 mile Anasazi Trail to the Red Cliffs Archaelogical Site, return 0.1 miles to the intersection with Metate Trail. Turn right on the Metate Trail and travel 0.06 miles to the intersection with the Red Reef East Trail. Turn left on the Red Reef East Trail and in 0.25 miles you will return to the campground between campsites #8 & 9.
 
For a slight variation, turn left on Mano Trail when it intersects the Red Reef East Trail at 0.2 miles. Follow Mano Trail until it intersects Anasazi Trail in 0.04 miles. Turn right to return to your start point across from campsite #11.

Area Trails Map


 

Hikers on the Anasazi Trail, with Red Cliffs in the background

 

Ancestral Puebloan Site