Temple Mountain Loop

Hanksville, Utah 84734

Temple Mountain Loop

Temple Mountain Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
March through May; September through November
BLM Henry Mountains Field Station, 435-542-3461
Local Contacts
San Rafael Desert BLM metric map; DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, page 39
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Jul 2018