Friday, June 5, 2015

Hiking The Temple Quarry Trail

Seth and I hiked the Temple Quarry Trail in early May. We have always wanted to hike it because it has great history. We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and this trail is an important part of how the St. George LDS Temple was built. In the early 1870's the LDS pioneers in St. George hiked this trail to get the foundation for the LDS Temple. It's amazing to me that they hiked all the way up this hill to get this rock and carried it all the way down the hill. Especially because this hill was not carved out into the nice trail it is today! It was a really cool hike and we even saw a Desert Tortoise on our way. If you are visiting you should know that the Desert Tortoise is endangered and you can get a hefty fine if you touch it. So make sure you leave them alone! They are really cool to look at though. This hike has really pretty views of Green Valley from the top.

Weather: High 80's (beginning of May). The best time of day to hike would be early morning or evening (before dark).

Difficulty: This was an easy hike on a dirt trail. The hardest part of this hike was the lack of shade so you got hot quickly. 

Distance: About 2.5 mils roundtrip

Pets: Pets are allowed on a leash

Location: 300 South Donlee Drive, St. George, UT 84770
Head west on St. George Boulevard. When you come to the intersection of Bluff Street and St. George Boulevard go straight up the hill. Take your first right onto 265 S. You will pass a park. Take your first left onto Donlee Drive. You will see a parking lot on your right and the arch (picture below).

Cost: Free

Permit: No permit required. 

To learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and what I believe click here.

1 comment:

Julie said...

This is my mountain! We've only hiked from the other side by our house, but this looks fun.