Fort Pearce

Fort Pearce Petroglyphs

Fort Pearce

What To See And Do: Easy walk to ruins of Fort Pearce. Easy to moderate hiking to petroglyphs and dinosaur track sites. Fort Pearce was built in 1866-67 during the Black Hawk War. It is a small structure erected to protect a water source in Pearce Wash, but no battles were fought at this site. The fort never had a roof.  Pearce Wash contains several pioneer names painted on the north wall of the wash near the fort.

About two miles further down the main road, visitors will find a fairly large concentration of dinosaur tracks in a sandstone wash well marked by BLM signs. There is also an interpretive sign at this location (see Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracksite).

At Fort Pearce, visitors may visit the fort ruins and a small group of petroglyphs located approximately 20 feet downslope south of the fort. A short hike down into Pearce Wash to the southwest will bring you to the pioneer names on the north wall. Continuing down the wash and by careful observation of the north wall, several more petroglyph sites can be found periodically for about two miles. A beautiful large red anthropomorphic pictograph is located farther down the wash on the upper north wall, but directions to this site should be obtained from the BLM office in St. George.

Location: 10-15 miles southeast of St. George, Utah, in Warner Valley.

How To Get There: Depart St. George south on River Road to the Virgin River Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left on 1450 South. Continue on main road and keep bearing to the east through several 90 degree left and right turns until you come to a large two-story farm house on the west side of road as you are traveling south. Turn left (east) on dirt road at the Fort Pearce sign and continue 5.6 miles to a road that branches right along a small wash to the Fort Pearce parking lot. Dinosaur tracks are 2.1 miles farther down main road that has a sign directing you to the parking area.

Nearby Attractions: Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Interpretive site. Honeymoon and Temple Trails.

Contact Information: BLM St. George Field Office. 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah 84790, Telephone: (435) 688-3200