Shinob Kibe



Washington, Utah

Shinob Kibe (pronounced Shih-no-bee Ky-bee or just Schnobki)

A small sloping mesa that sits above the Virgin River.


Washington, Utah

37° 7' 2" North Latitude,   113° 29' 17" West Longitude
3,228 feet (984 meters) MSL

Aerial view of Shinob Kibe and the surrounding area
Aerial view of Shinob Kibe and the surrounding area                               For a higher resolution image, click here.


Shinob Kibe (aka Schinnob Kibe, Schnobki) was named for a Paiute deity who was considered a protector of
the tribes. Shinob refers to the "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.

Indian tradition supports the view that Father Escalante spoke to the Indians on this knoll in 1776.

In the 1930s, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) constructed a concrete navigation arrow on the southern edge
of the mesa. They used a trail that came up from the west to carry supplies on pack animals. Though no longer
used, the arrow still remains.

There is currently an access trail up the north side of the mesa. On the top there is a hidden geocache, a place
to register, and the old navigation arrow.


Virgin River with Shinob Kibe
WCHS-01263     Photo of the Virgin River with Shinob Kibe in the background

Other WCHS photos:
WCHS-01264     Old photo of the Shinob Kibe

Other photos on the web:
Collection of photos from the area

Forwards to

A narrated 22 minute hike up the Shinob Kibe

No Filter: Climbing Shinob Kibe
by No Filter Show,   St. George News,   June 12, 2016

BLM offers reward for information on Shinob Kibe vandalism in Washington County
by Ryann Richardson,   St. George News,   May 20, 2019