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Temple Quarry Trail

Area: St. George, Utah
Elevation Change: +255, -255
Course: Out n Back
Terrain: Dirt trail - Ridgeline run
Distance: 3.3 miles RT
Map & Elevation Data: PDF  JPG
GPS Route: Available (.gpx)

This trail is a nice track that follows the black ridgeline overlooking Green Valley. The trail follows the basalt boulders to the area of mountain in which the early Latter-Day Saint colonizers began to mine solid stone basalt rocks from the mountain to build the foundation of the temple that would be a symbol of their worship. You can still see the holes used when drilling the blasting lines and according to trail markers if you look closely you can see remains of the blasting powder on the rocks still at the quarry. The trail continues on past the quarry until he reaches a subdivision that is currently under construction. The trail meanders among boulders as large as voltswagon beetles.

The coordinates on the map for the quarry are actually for a geocache located in that area at those coords. The cache coordinates mark the quarry area on the map as well.

1. Find intersection of St. George Blvd and Airport Rd (West end of St. George Blvd)
2. Go 400 meters up the road and go right on 265 S.
3. Drive to stop sign and take left on Donlee Rd.
4. Go 100 meters and park in gravel lot by sandstone arch.

Enjoy the run and the views. It is a quick run but all along a ridge with a decent trail on the ledges of the basalt boulders.

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