Recommended Users: Equestrians, Hikers, Mountain Bikers
Length: 1.5 miles
Managing Agency: BLM
Access: Tukupetsi Trailhead – From St. George, travel north on Bluff Street. Turn left on Sunset Blvd. Continue on Sunset Blvd as it turns into Santa Clara Drive. Continue 0.5 miles past the Jacob Hamblin Home and turn left onto a gravel road that leads to the Tukupetsi Trailhead.
Reaching* the Enepitsi Trail requires traveling several other trails first: Fishhook
, Upper Graveyard
, and finally U’waiv
. From the Tukupetsi Trailhead take the Fishhook Trail north for 0.25 miles until reaching Upper Graveyard Trail. Turn left (west) and follow Upper Graveyard for 0.25 miles until reaching Tempi’op’op Trail (two-track). Cross the two-track and take Een’oog Trail heading south for 0.22 miles. Een’oog Trail ends at the intersection with Enepitsi Trail. Turn right (downhill).
The Enepitsi Trail is an old pioneer road. As you walk between the banks of the Santa Clara River and cliffs of Land Hill, keep a sharp eye out for prehistoric petroglyphs and pioneer graffiti. Please do not venture beyond the 2-track trail as this is private property. In the future, with the support of private landowners or through federal land exchanges, it may be possible to follow the trail from the Tukupetsi Trailhead to the Anasazi Valley Trailhead.
Enepitsi (pronounced e’noo petes) means “ghost” in Southern Paiute. The Santa Clara/Land Hill ACEC area was heavily used by both Ancestral Puebloans and Southern Paiute. The river corridor, of which the Enepitsi Trail follows, played an important role in these past cultures. For this reason, the area, no doubt, abounds with ghosts from the past.
*Note: Reaching the Enepitsi Trail is a bit confusing, especially for locals used to parking up the road past the Tukupetsi Trailhead. The reasons for this are twofold. The first is to protect cultural resources in the ACEC. In the past vehicle access and parking was damaging archaeological sites. The second was an outcome due to discussions with the adjoining private property owners. So in order to protect archaeological sites, and promote a “good neighbor” policy, please follow the recommended access route to Enepitsi Trail.