Nampaweap Petroglyph Trail BLM 1028

Total Miles


1,891.15 ft


1 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Nampaweap Petroglyph Trail BLM 1028 is a 1.1-mile road that leads to a destination hike and is rated 2 of 10. This is one of several trails used to travel around the Mount Logan and Hell's Hole area of the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. At the southern end of this trail is a parking area (east side of the road) and a hiking access trail to the Nampaweap Petroglyph site. The Nampaweap Trail is a short out-and-back hike. The hike traverses a small canyon with basalt outcroppings. Many ancient petroglyphs can be seen along the trail. An information kiosk describes the short 0.75-mile trek to the petroglyphs. Thousands of defined etchings can be found on the boulders that sit above the floor of the dry streambed. This canyon is called Billy Goat Canyon by the locals due to the numerous "billy goat" petroglyphs found on the rock and it is considered to be the largest rock art site on the Arizona Strip. Do not climb on the rocks and damage the petroglyphs. Be aware that rattlesnakes are commonly seen and heard among the fallen basalt. Stay in the wash below, where the drawings can easily be seen. Petroglyphs are images carved into rock. Nampaweap means "foot canyon" in Paiute. The petroglyphs are estimated to be between 10,000 and 15,000 years old. This canyon is thought to have been an important route from the Grand Canyon to the abundant resources of Mount Trumbull's ponderosa pines. There is no water, gas, food, lodging, Wi-Fi, or cell service. Visitors should be advised that towing charges in the event of vehicles becoming stuck or damaged are in the region of $3,000. Areas above 5000 feet may not be accessible in winter months due to mud and snow.


This is a county dirt road with infrequent or light maintenance after rain or snow. High-clearance, light-duty 4WD is required.

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Access Description

Access this trail from St. George, Utah, via South River Road. Head south on the Mt. Trumbull Loop on BLM 1069 for 22 miles. Continue south onto County Road 5 for 27 miles. Turn left at the Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse to continue on county Road 5 for 15 miles. Turn right onto BLM Road 1028 for 1 mile. Turn left into the Nampaweap Trailhead.

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