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Shinob Kibe Mesa, Washington

The Shinob Kibe Mesa is the most prominent feature in Washington City, Utah. It can be seen on various tourist brochures for the city.

Shinob Kibe was named for a Paiute deity who was considered a protector of the tribes. Shinob means “Great Spirit” and Kibe is “Mountain”. This mesa was a sacred place to the local Paiute Indians. It was also a place of refuge where they would come to get away from their enemies, particularly from the Navajos who used to raid to capture women and children for slaves.

From the mesa you get good views of the surrounding area.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = moderate

Distance: 1.5 miles total – easy
Elevation gain: 600 feet – moderate
Terrain: narrow steep dirt path – moderate
Exposure: some cliff edges – moderate

To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

To reach the trail head take exit 13 from I15 and travel 1.1 miles south on the Washington Parkway to Telegraph Street. Turn right on Telegraph Street and travel 1.1 miles to South Washington Fields Road, S 300 E. Turn left and drive 0.8 miles to Indian Springs Drive, the first street past the bridge over the Virgin River. After turning onto Indian Springs Drive immediately take the first street to the left, Red River Drive. This street follows the Virgin River and turns into S Riveredge Road before turning right onto E Apache Drive. Turn left on Pocahontas Drive and then left on Paiute Drive to the entrance to the dirt road around the mesa.

Park just inside the entrance.

Directions From I15 to Shinob Kibe

Street Directions Near Shinob Kibe

Trail

The trail up the mesa starts at a large triangular rock a short distance from the parking area. From there the route up the mesa is obvious.

There are two features on the top of the mesa. The first is an ancient Paiute stone spoked circle to the left off the trail. There is a small trail leading to this.

The second feature is the large cement aviation arrow at the top. This arrow is one of a series of similar arrows built from Los Angeles to Salt Lake in the 1920s. These arrows were about 50 feet in length with a 50 foot tower and beacon on top to direct mail planes between these two locations. The towers and beacons were torn down and most of these arrows have disappeared however there are 4 remaining on this route in Washington County.

These beacon/arrow locations are shown on a 1930 airway map #133. Beacon 37A is located at the Bloomington overlook behind the water tank. The Shinob Kibe beacon is 37C. The next beacon in the series is beacon 38 on the west ridge overlooking Quail Creek reservoir. There is also a beacon north of Pintura – beacon 40. Beacon 39 at Leeds has not been found.

1930 Airway Map 133 Washington County

Here are some pictures taken on March 21, 2017.