Explore the ancient Shinob Kibe

Tom’s Experience hiking Shinob Kibe:

Shinob Kibe (pronounced Shih-no-Bee Ky-bee) was named for a Paiute deity who was considered a protector of the mountain tribes. Shinob means great spirit and Kibe means mountain.

Hiking Shinob Kibe

This mesa was a sacred place to the local Paiute Indians who would climb to the top to seek refuge from the Navajos who would come to raid and capture the women and children for slaves.

Shinob Kibe Trail

In the 1930s the Civil Aviation Authority constructed a concrete navigation arrow to help pilots navigate from Salt Lake to California for air mail.

Shinob Kibe St George Hikes

The trail is only 1.5 miles but is very steep. You gain about 650 ft from the trail head to the summit.

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At the summit there is a log box and great views of the surrounding areas. There is also a Facebook page with photos and other information about this mesa. Dogs are allowed on this trail.

Shinob Kibe Cave

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Trail Info: The trail starts where Paiute Drive and Blackhawk Dr meet in Washington, Utah. The trail is 1.5 miles round trip but is very steep.

GPS: Trailhead = 37.122928,-113.49061              Navigation Arrow = 37.1174,-113.487671

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Hike the historic and easy Temple Quarry trail

Tom’s Experience hiking the historic Temple Quarry Trail: 

This is a very simple hike that takes you to the site of the Temple Quarry used by Mormon Pioneers to build the St. George LDS temple in the 1870s. The lava rock from the quarry was used for the foundation of the temple because the stone was “impervious to the alkali soil.” If you would like to learn more about the St. George temple there is a visitors center right next to the temple that explains how the temple was made and a little bit about what goes on inside.

Temple Quarry Trail



The trail is mostly level except in a few sections. There are stairs to help you up the steepest parts of the trail. Other than that, the trail is very well maintained and pretty wide. I heard there are some petroglyphs just off of this trail but we were unable to find any. Please comment below if you have directions to any petroglyphs in the area.

Hiking the Temple Quarry

From the Temple Quarry trail, you have great views of the old airport, much of the city of St. George, and the red cliffs near Zions National Park.

St. George Temple Quarry

The trail also lets you see into Snow Canyon as you round the mesa on the backside near the end of the hike.

Hiking Temple Quarry Historic Trail

The trail is 3.3 miles round-trip. Since it is mostly level and very well maintained it doesn’t feel nearly as long. Dogs are allowed on this hike.

St. George Temple Quarry Trail

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Trail Info: The address for the Temple Quarry trail is 300 S Donlee Dr, St George, UT 84770. It is pretty easy to find but the parking lot is very small. There is a bench and a stone archway letting you know you’ve made it to the right place. There is very little elevation gain and the total hike is 3.3 miles round-trip.

GPS: Trailhead = 37.102832,-113.595728

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