Temple Mountain Loop

Hanksville, Utah

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This 18.5-mile loop circumnavigates Temple Mountain, a spire-embellished butte rising above the San Rafael Reef whose name derives from its silhouette’s supposed resemlance to the Latter-day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City. Temple Mountain has long been a source of uranium, and that which was used to make the world’s first atomic bomb reportedly came from here. Numerous tunnels and caves (as well as mining artifacts), legacies of the 1950s uranium boom, are found on and around the mountain. Use great care if walking off the route because mine collapse is a pos-sibility; also know that high concentrations of radon gas can collect at mine entrances. The ride is rated aerobically moderate in difficulty and technically somewhere between easy and moderate. Much of the ride is over paved and well-graveled roads; other parts, however, follow rocky double-track and the potentially soft, deep-sand surfaces of North Temple Wash. General location: 20 miles north of Hanksville, or 35 miles southwest of Green River.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 18.5-mile loop circumnavigates Temple Mountain, a spire-embellished butte rising above the San Rafael Reef whose name derives from its silhouette’s supposed resemlance to the Latter-day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City. Temple Mountain has long been a source of uranium, and that which was used to make the world’s first atomic bomb reportedly came from here. Numerous tunnels and caves (as well as mining artifacts), legacies of the 1950s uranium boom, are found on and around the mountain. Use great care if walking off the route because mine collapse is a pos-sibility; also know that high concentrations of radon gas can collect at mine entrances. The ride is rated aerobically moderate in difficulty and technically somewhere between easy and moderate. Much of the ride is over paved and well-graveled roads; other parts, however, follow rocky double-track and the potentially soft, deep-sand surfaces of North Temple Wash. General location: 20 miles north of Hanksville, or 35 miles southwest of Green River.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 18.5
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: March through May; September through November
Local Contacts: BLM Henry Mountains Field Station, 435-542-3461
Local Maps: San Rafael Desert BLM metric map; DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, page 39
Driving Directions: Directions to Temple Mountain Loop

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