“A short singletrack with great views and a bit of history.”
— Zach Holt
Views · Wildlife
This trail is located in the heart of town and provides spectacular birds-eye views of St. George as well as holds great historical importance. The 2.5-mile-long Temple Quarry Trail is a family-friendly run for anyone looking to connect with the heritage of St. George.
From 1871 to 1874 the Temple Quarry Trail was used by Mormon Pioneers to access the quarry on the southwest side of what’s known locally as the “black hill.” The quarry holds a vast deposit of lava rocks needed by the Mormon pioneers to construct the foundation and basement of the St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints. The lava rocks are naturally resistant to the alkali that is found in the soil in St. George.
The beginning of the run is slightly inclined; however, stairs have been added to assist in the ascent. After the initial incline, the well-marked trail is relatively level with benches and historical markers along the way. The trail wraps around the black hill, providing amazing views of Green Valley, Red Mountain, and Snow Canyon State Park. Near the turn around point, you'll find a loop where the wagons used to U-turn to haul the blocks back to town.
Both dogs and mountain bikes are allowed on the trail. This trail is fun for all ages, and the historical aspect allows for some fun teaching and observation moments.