An Incredible Hike Right Outside of St. George

Many times, the build up to an adventure is half the fun. But not always. Sometimes I just want to walk out my front door and have the adventure waiting for me, like a loyal dog. Not a lot of fuss, planning or travel time. Just a simple, straight-forward chance to explore and meditate on your day. For those reasons, Turtle Wall is a gem of a hike.
Turtle Wall Hike

Turtle Wall is more than just convenient though. It’s convenience coupled with quality. Just as you feel like you’re leaving St. George on Bluff Street, you see the trail head in a pull-off to the left. It’s so fast and easy to access that you have no excuses to not get out and stretch your legs.

Chuckawalla Trail

As soon as I hit the trail, I realized this was a melting pot of outdoor adventure. To my right was a group of rock climbers enjoying some sport climbing. Just 25 yards later, I crossed paths with a girl on a mountain bike making her way back to the trailhead. I often repeat this saying: “Variety is the spice of life—and this is one spicy trail.”

Sandstone arch that looks like a face

The trail is easy to follow, and within a mile, I reached the impressively large sandstone formation resembling a turtle. The trail takes you up on its back like some massive, super slow steed. From there to the midpoint of the hike is mostly slick rock, which revealed why I saw some enthusiastic mountain bikers.

On top of Turtle Wall

The only point of interest to top my turtle monument was the view from the top of the mesa. Right before the trail loops back towards your starting point is an amazing view of the entrance to Snow Canyon and nearly a bird’s eye view of Ivins. There is actually a trail that keeps going from here to Snow Canyon, including the Scout Caves, but that wasn’t on my itinerary for this trip.

Turtle Wall Trail

My hike back was a fantastic mixture of falling shadows and amber light from the setting sun. Wild rabbits and wild flowers were scattered throughout the empty space. It was a tranquil hike that offered beauty and wonder, and it was right in my backyard.

On your next trip to Zion country, you may want a more convenient hike right in St. George. This is that hike. Make sure to add it to your list.

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Mike_bioWritten by: Mike Carr – Online Marketing
Mike is all things digital for the Tourism Office’s marketing. So if you have a question about the website look to him. When you don’t find him at his computer you’ll most likely find him on his bike or hiking up a trail in Zion.our own text