The Veyo and Santa Clara volcanoes are 10 minutes apart. Here’s how to hike them.

Cinder cone volcano in Santa Clara volcanic field, date not specified | Public domain image, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The tiny town of Veyo, Utah — just 20 minutes northwest of St. George with a total population of 822 — sits nestled in the shadow of a volcano.

The cinder cone volcano in full view, St. George, Utah, circa summer 2014 | File photo by Hollie Stark, St. George News

“Volcano country,” its welcome sign reads. A little over 8.5 miles south of Veyo, just south of picturesque Diamond Valley, is the Santa Clara Volcano.

No need to worry: Neither the Veyo Volcano nor the Santa Clara Volcano will erupt ever again. That’s because they’re both cinder cones — also called scoria cones — said recently retired BYU geology professor Eric Christiansen.

And cinder cones are monogenetic, meaning they erupt only once, he said.

Christiansen was part of a research team that, in 2013, discovered evidence that a supervolcano near Wah Wah Springs erupted 30 million years ago, burying a region that stretches from central Utah to central Nevada and from Fillmore in the north to Cedar City in the south.

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Written by KAITLYN BANCROFT, The Salt Lake Tribune.

This article is published through the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of news organizations in Utah that aims to inform readers across the state.

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