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