ST. GEORGE – Close to the heart of St. George lies the Temple Quarry Trail that Mormon pioneers followed in the 1870s to quarry and haul basalt rock for the construction of the St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Hike along with Co-hosts Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair as they walk the Temple Quarry Trail in this, Episode 36, of the “No Filter Show.”
Quickly, to the quarry! Click the play above.
Skirting what is known as the Black Hill, this dirt trail which runs about 2.5 miles round trip will take you to see the stone that was, according to the Washington County Historical Society, quarried into slabs averaging 10-feet long, 42-inches wide, 13-inches thick, and weighing 5,500 pounds. The stones were then placed on 6 inches of soil, straddled with a wagon and secured to its undercarriage. The dirt was then removed from under the rock so it could be driven over the Temple Quarry Trail to the site of the St George Temple, 2.1 miles from the modern day trailhead.
Read more about the hike and the history here: Explore: A heritage hike along Temple Quarry Trail
The trailhead is located at the end of Donlee Drive behind the Ridge Top Complex and southwest of Black Hill View Park. The trail is now maintained by the City of St. George, complete with informational placards, benches and picnic tables.
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