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Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop

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  • Heading out right from our camp at the Red Cliffs Campground.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Trail marker.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Stunning desert landscapes nearby.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Looking north from the Anasazi Trail.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Looking west from the Anasazi Trail.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Marker for the Pueblo site.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • The Pueblo Site from the Anasazi Trail.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Shelters below ground level offered cooler temperatures for storage.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • The Pueblo Site from the Anasazi Trail.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Interpretive signs offer information about the native cultures.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • The Pueblo Site from the Anasazi Trail.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Taking the Metate Trail to get to the Red Reef East Trail.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Red Reef East marker.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Hiking the Red Reef East Trail.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Big views from the Red Reef East Trail.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • Marker for the dinosaur tracks.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • This was one large creature.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • There are a handful of tracks.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • A Moqui ball, made from sandstone and iron oxide.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • The cottowoods still had color in late autumn.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
  • A wash that crosses the trail. There are lots of routes and options back here.- Anasazi Trail to Red Reef East Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Native ruins. Dinosaur tracks. Easy hike.
Cons: 
Can get really hot in the summer. Short. Sandy.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
67.00 ft (20.42 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Anasazi Trail is a short historical desert hike near St. George, Utah, that leads right out from the Red Cliffs Campground. The sandy trail is quintessential red rock desert hiking. Small heads of cacti line the juniper and cottonwood trees, and sandstone cliffs stand in the distance. The trail leads to the Red Cliffs Archaeological Site, which houses a decent sized ruin of Pueblo homes and granaries. The ruins date back between 900 and 1200 C.E. There are informational signs to help teach you a bit about the culture and the people that inhabited the area.

The trail here is not very long, however, so hiking to the dinosaur tracks along Red Reef East is a great idea. As you head back the way you came along the Anasazi Trail you will see a clearly marked trail sign for Metate Trail at the bottom of the hill. This is a short connector to get to Red Reef East and the dinosaur tracks. After just a short distance you will see a Red Reef East trail marker, and soon you will see a sign indicating the tracks. They are located just a bit down a wash on some former clay that has since become solid rock. The trail continues to loop around toward the northwest and the campground.

Dogs are allowed on leash, but bring lots of water for them. There are water spouts at the picnic area. Watch out for hot summer temps; the spring and fall are no doubt the best time to enjoy southern Utah. There is a $5 day use fee for parking at the campground if you are not already camping there, so bring some cash! If you have time, be sure to check out the Red Cliffs Nature Trail (not to be confused with Red Reef East).

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