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Cholla - Santa Clara River Reserve

Cholla - Santa Clara River Reserve

Difficulty Level: Easy

Distance: 2 miles round trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

Cholla, or sometimes known as Santa Clara River Gorge, is an easy trail off Lower Graveyard and Tempi’po’op.  The path is very clear and easy to follow.  It runs until reaching a sign indicating private property so the trail is only an out-and-back.  There is a small incline but overall the trail is very easy.  After about 0.6 mi, it connects with Lower Graveyard.  Wildlife and unique vegetation are found along the path.  Signs also indicate areas where Native Americans once were.  Throughout the hike there is a great view of the Santa Clara/Ivins area.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

2 miles round trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

37.138160, -113.679902

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

BLM, Santa Clara River Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

8 miles (18 minutes driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes, on 6 ft leash

BIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

Yes

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Spring, Fall, Winter

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Any Time

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

COST

No Cost

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

No Water Sources Available

CAMP SITES

No Camping Available on Trail

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Double Track, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Directions to Trailhead. From St George, head north on Bluff Street for 2.1 miles and turn left onto Sunset Blvd. Continue 4.5 miles through Santa Clara, and as you head up the hill toward Ivins, take the first left. This road will quickly turn to dirt and should lead you down, across a wash and to a large parking area for the trail head. Tukupetsi Trail head is across the street from the parking area. Follow sings from Fishhook to Upper Graveyard then to Tempi’po’op.  From here there will be signs indicating beginning of the trail.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.

TRAIL REPORT

Coming Soon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Spencer McMullin

Spencer McMullin is originally from Connecticut but has deep ties to the Southern Utah area.  His passion for adventure and photography has lead him to HikeStGeorge.

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