Our goal for ICL hiking is to introduce you to locations in Southwest Utah you may not have explored, to provide an enjoyable social experience, and to offer healthy exercise. The Hiking class is open to all ages, and hikers need to be moderately fit.  Although we try to maintain a group of no more than 30, we will not turn down anyone on hike day.


Things to know before you go:

Everyone must sign the attendance sheet. This is very important. It is the justification for Dixie State University to seek State of Utah funding.

Guests are welcome to participate in one hike per semester without joining ICL. They must sign the attendance sheet as well as a Release of Liability form which will be available from the instructor.

We will attempt to provide the best information possible for the monthly hikes in The Learning Link. However, weather, road conditions, and other factors make the final decision as to where each hike will be located.

Recommended gear:

Daypack, filled water bottles, lunch and/or snacks for mid-point of hike, extra socks, good hiking boots that provide ankle support, small flashlight, personal medication, light jacket, hiking poles, sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, camera, and binoculars.


If a hike is cancelled you will receive email notification the day prior to the hike.  You can also call the ICL office at 435-652-7670.

Babylon Dino Tracks and Petroglyphs

Thursday, January 17, 10:00 am

Leader Tim O’Brien 920 445 1313

Moderate 3 to 4 mile Hike, 500 to 800 feet of elevation gain

Drive time 30 minutes, Hiking time 3 to 4 hours including lunch break.

Meet at North Plaza, west side of parking lot.

To access the trail will require high clearance vehicles.  We will car-share, selecting the most appropriate vehicles at North Plaza and Babylon entrance road.  Babylon trailhead accommodates about 6 vehicles.  We will Caravan via I-15 to the Leeds exit, then on to Babylon Road.

[space] We will first hike to dinosaur tracks, then take the East Reef Trail to two Petroglyph sites. Then we will continue about a mile to Little Purgatory Trail to enjoy its vistas and sculpted sandstone formations. A scramble up to a mine site is also an option enroute.

Bring sturdy hiking shoes, plenty of water and a lunch. Hiking poles are recommended for the numerous small stream “hop-overs”, and the short but steep dinosaur track incline. Dress in layers as that area can be windy even when it’s calm in St. George.



Quail Creek Reservoir Scout’s Trail & Petroglyphs

Friday January 25, 10:00 am

Leader Tim O’Brien 920-445-1313

Moderate, 3 to 4 miles, 600-800 feet of elevation gain

Meet at North Plaza Building, west side of parking lot.


February Hikes


Paradise Rim to Turtle Wall Loop – Red Cliffs Preserve

Friday February 1,  1:30 PM

Leader: Tim O’Brien 920.445.1313

Moderate 3 to 4 mile hike, 200 feet elevation, 2.5 to 3 hours

Meet at SW corner of Home Depot parking lot on Sunset Blvd

Because parking is limited at the trailhead, we will carpool from Home Depot and take a short drive to “The Gap” trailhead in a residential area north of Snow Canyon drive.

Bring sturdy hiking shoes and plenty of water and energy snack. Hiking poles are optional. Dress in layers and bring sun protection. An extra pair of shoes to change into to keep your cars clean on your way home is advisable.

Santa Clara Lava Gardens & Petroglyphs

Friday February 8, 1:30 pm

Leader: Tim O’Brien 920.445.1313

Moderate 3.5 miles combined hikes, 300 feet elevation, 3.5 hours

Meet at SW corner Home Depot Parking Lot on Sunset Blvd

We are doing two short hikes. First is a walk around the Santa Clara Botanical Park in the Lava fields just off Lava Cove Drive. This is rugged lava terrain on a maze of trails, so bring sturdy hiking shoes and hiking pole(s) to the terrain. About 1 hour hiking time.

We will then drive 5 minutes to the Tukupetsi Trailhead in the Santa Clara Preserve. We will view some petroglyphs along the trails.  About 2.5 miles and 300 feet of elevation gain. There are some short steep climbs to view petroglyphs, so hiking poles are advised as are sturdy shoes. As always bring plenty of water, snacks and sun protection. We should be back to our cars by 5pm.

Scout Caves in Snow Canyon (No park pass needed)

Sunday February 17, 10:00 am

Leader:  Frida Audele

Moderate approximately 5 miles.  Social Pace

Meet at Lin’s Market on Sunset, west side of the parking lot


We will start the hike with a short & easy trail through Jenny’s Canyon, past Johnson’s Arch to the amphitheater. Then we will trace our path back & pick up the Scouts Caves trail. There are some sandy sections and short sections where we are hiking in the wash. At the caves, there is a very short steep climb, which is made easier by natural & man-made steps.


Once at the caves, we will take time to explore them, enjoy a restful break and appreciate  the panoramic view before heading back to our cars.


Kayenta Gulch Hike

Friday Feb 22, 12:30pm

Leader: Tim O’Brien 920.445.1313

2 miles, 150 feet elevation

Meet on the east side of Harmons Grocery Store parking lot on Pioneer Pkwy in Santa Clara.

We will carpool from Harmons as parking is limited at trailhead. It’s only a 10 minute drive to the trailhead.

This short 2-mile hike takes us down and back through an interesting and colorful gulch in Kayenta on a new trail carved out in the canyon. Two short descents on dry falls make it a fun short hike. About. We will be back to the cars before 3pm.  Sturdy hiking shoes are required, poles are optional.  Bring plenty of water, snacks and sun protection.