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Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site Hiking Guide

Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site

Overview

Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site is an easy, short hike near St. George on the Arizona Strip. The BLM-managed site contains 500 petroglyphs that date back 6,000 years.

The petroglyphs are found scattered on sandstone boulders (Moenkopi Formation) that have fallen from Little Black Mountain, a heavily eroded mesa that looms 500 feet above.

This is a sacred and unique site that provides a window into the past Native American cultures that lived here. Please enjoy responsibly.

The BLM sign at Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site
The BLM sign at Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site

Quick Facts

  • Distance: 1 mile out and back
  • Hike Time: 1-2 hours
  • Elevation Gain: < 100 feet
  • Fee: Free
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Difficulty: Easy

Hiking the Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site

This hardly qualifies as a hike. It’s more of a saunter at the base of Little Black Mountain. It makes for a great family-friendly adventure. Our toddler had a blast stomping around the petroglyphs!

Arrow (left) and Maia (right) had a great time exploring the petroglyphs
Arrow (left) and Maia (right) had a great time exploring the petroglyphs

A few paces northeast from the parking lot, the trail splits into two directions. You can bear left or right first, but both sides are worth seeing. The jumbled boulders are chock full of petroglyphs all along the trail.

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Location

The trailhead for Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site is off of BLM 1124, a 2WD dirt road. To access it, get on the Southern Parkway and take Utah exit 7. Head east on Warner Valley Road and take the first right onto 4700 east, a 2WD dirt road. Continue for 3.1 miles then turn onto Uzona Ave (another 2WD dirt road). Follow it another 1.2 miles to a dirt parking lot on the right.

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Photos

A goat petroglyph with Kim and Maia in the background
A goat petroglyph with Kim and Maia in the background
The site has some excellent bighorn sheep petroglyphs
The site has some excellent bighorn sheep petroglyphs
One of the petroglyphs on this boulder looks like a bear paw with claws
One of the petroglyphs on this boulder looks like a bear paw with claws
Another petroglyph panel at the site
Another petroglyph panel at the site

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