Upper Graveyard Trail

Upper Graveyard Trail is a very short and enjoyable trail in Santa Clara, UT. This trail liesto the west of the Santa Clara Cemetery. To get to this trail, turn into the road that is on the opposite side of the Swiss Fort monument in Santa Clara. Upper Graveyard Trail begins near the Tukupetsi Trailhead.

Trail Information:

Trail Designations: Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding

Distance: 0.5 miles

Time: 14 minutes

Difficulty Level: Easy

Views: There is a great view of Ivins Red Mountain, and the surrounding mountains near Santa Clara, UT.

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Sidewinder Trail

This is yet another really exciting trail! This trail is accessed by the Cove Wash Trailhead, and to Sidewinder’s trailhead, you will need to take Precipice Trail to get there. This is a beautiful trail with amazing views to the valley below. This is a great horseback riding trail for all who are interested in horseback riding. It has a 500 ft climb to the top, so that is a 1/14 slope, so it is fairly steep.

Trail Information:

Trail Designations: Hiking, Biking

Distance: 1.4 miles (without the looping at the end, with loop is 1.7 miles)

Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty Level: Medium

Facilities: There is a parking lot at the beginning of the trail

Cool Things: There is a scenic viewpoint at the end of the trail that looks over a lot of the valley of the Santa Clara River Reserve.

Views: The view of the valley is spectacular, and you get a wonderful view of Ivins Red Mountain as well.

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Black Brush Trail

This a really fun, challenging trail that is popular amongst mountain bikers. This is one of those trails that I like to refer to as “balloon trails” where they have a trail that is like a string, and then it loops like the balloon that is attached to the string, and then it comes back and you head back through the string. You get some spectacular views of the valley in the BLM lands. This trail begins right next to the parking lot at the Cove Wash Trail heads and is next to Barrel Roll and Precipice and Sidewinder.

Trail Information:

Trail Designations: Hiking, Horseback Riding.

Distance: 4.3 miles

Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Difficulty Level: Medium

Facilities: There is a parking lot at the beginning of the trail

Views: There is a really nice view of Ivins Red Mountain and of the valley in the BLM lands.

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Cove Wash East Trail

Cove Wash East Trail is my favorite of the two Cove Wash trails. Walking through the gorge was breathtaking and super adventurous and posed a level of difficulty that is perfect for those seeking adventurous trails. It is also nice to go before, or after noon so that you get the nice shade inside of the gorge. This trail begins at the Cove Wash Trailhead.

Trail Designations: Hiking

Distance: 2.6 miles

Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes (down)

Difficulty Level: Really Hard

Facilities: There is a parking lot at the beginning of the trail

Cool Things: There is the awesome gorge in the wash and it has amazing rock formations and neat drop-offs.

Views: You get a great view of the mountains in the St. George/Santa Clara area and get to enjoy the cove wash.

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Cove Wash West Trail

Cove Wash West Trail. This is a great trail if you have a bike. The scenery was pretty and was pretty much the same throughout. The terrain was very sandy and is not ideal for walking. There are many ramps that have been made right next to the trail. This trail goes on for a long ways, but I only marked it to where I felt comfortable going on my ride. You can continue down the wash, but it just gets more rugged after that. The descent to the trailhead itself is fairly treacherous. There are some rocks that have been placed to even out a really bumpy part of the road, but it is still very dangerous and I would recommend hopping off your bike and walking it down the hill. This trail has around a 510 foot climb, which is a factor those who would be interested in biking it. This trail begins at the Cove Wash Trailhead.

Trail Information:

Trail Designations: Hiking, Biking.

Distance: 3.9 miles

Time: 1 hour 20 minutes of walking each way

Difficulty Level: Really Hard

Facilities: There is a parking lot at the beginning of the trail

Cool Things: There are ramps off the side of the trail.

Views: There are some huge rocks next to the mountains that are breathtaking, and quite fun to climb, I might add.

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Rim Rock Trail

Rim Rock Trail is a fantastic, scenic, long, rugged trail. I took my little siblings to walk this, and I told them it was only 3 miles (like the map said it would be). However, this trail is what I like to think of as a balloon trail. There is the string that takes you out, and the loop at the end. So the loop itself is 3.2 miles, and the string is 1.8, so in total it’s really 5 miles. You can imagine how that went down for my little siblings. Not well. This is a very popular biking trail and is very challenging to walk. There is a total 808 foot climb throughout the trail. This is a great trail and is totally worth the walk out there. To get to Rim Rock, go to the Cove Wash Trailhead, and then head up the cliff that is adjacent to Cove Wash East and you will find the signs that lead you out to the trail. This trail is the one that branches out to Rim Ramble, Rim Runner, and Rim Reaper.

Trail Information:

Trail Designations: Hiking, Biking.

Distance: 5 miles

Time: 1:42 minutes

Difficulty Level: Hard

Facilities: There is a parking lot at the beginning of the trail

Cool Things: This is the main trail of the “Rim Trail” trail system.

Views: There is an incredible view of the valley with ridges that lies towards Bloomington, UT.

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Precipice Trail

Precipice Trail begins at the Cove Wash Trailhead, right next to the parking lot. This is a scenic trail that, if you want to go to Sidewinder, you need to go on.

Trail Information:

Trail Designations: Hiking, Biking.

Distance: .77 miles one way

Time: 30-40 minutes

Difficulty Level: Medium

Facilities: There is a parking lot near the trailhead.

Views: Scenic mountains and valleys and cool rock formations and rocks.

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Rim Runner Trail

Rim Runner Trail is a small trail that branches off of Rim Rock trail. It’s fairly easy with its 142 foot climb. There is a beautiful view of the valley as you look southeast toward Bloomington. This is a fun little appendage to Rim Rocka and is worth the trip.

Trail Information:

Distance: 0.64 miles round trip

Time: 15 minutes

Difficulty Level: Easy

Facilities: There is a parking lot at the head of the trail.

Views: You get an incredible view of the valley towards Bloomington, UT. You also get a great view of the mountains near Santa Clara, UT.

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Barrel Roll Trail

Barrel Roll Trail is an amazing trail that is very scenic, and challenging and is a favorite for mountain bikers. This trail takes you up to the edge of a mountain and you get a great view from the cliff and it’s very rewarding. This trail loops, and is very demanding with a 888 ft climb. There is a shortcut named Elusion which will make the trip about 3 miles shorter, but you will miss the view at the top of the cliff. This was one of my absolute favorites, it was physically demanding yet tons of fun. I would personally recommend taking a water bottle, because it is about 6 miles round trip.

Trail Information:

Distance: 5.8 miles round trip

Time: 2 hours and 7 minutes

Difficulty Level: Hard

Facilities: There is a parking lot at the trailhead.

Cool Things: There is a shortcut that cuts through the middle of the trail, but you will miss out on an impressive view at the end.

Views: You get a great view of the mountains in Santa Clara, and a spectacular view of the valley below.

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Pioneer Parkway Trail

Pioneer Parkway is a paved trail that follows the road named Pioneer Parkway in Santa Clara, UT. It is a great trail to hike, or jog. There are large beautiful lava rock fields right next to the trail, and there are a few ups and downs on the trail, but is otherwise relatively flat.

Trail Information:

Trail Designations: Hiking, Biking.

Distance: 2.4 miles each way

Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes downhill

Difficulty Level: Medium

Facilities: There are a few benches on the trail.

Views: The lava rock fields, the red mountains, and the valley where the creek runs through.

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