Warner Valley

Saint George, Utah 84790

Warner Valley

Warner Valley Professional Review and Guide

"This easy ride is located just east of St. George. It is excellent for a family outing since you can vary its length by altering where you park and embark. The Warner Valley tour is loaded with history—human, prehistoric, and geologic. In an era 200 million years ago, when great sand dunes blanketed other parts of southern Utah, dinosaurs stomped through what was then a local floodplain.

While Latter Day Saint immigrants colonized the region, they were persistently attacked by bands of marauding Indians. Such attacks increased during the Black Hawk Wars of 1865 to 1869. Consequently, pioneers constructed Fort Pearce as a defensive stronghold. You’ll find the old stone fortress a short distance off the main route. Tread: Soft and packed-sand doubletracks."

Warner Valley Reviews

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Reviewed by Bill, Teresa and Jackson Kettler. Very beautiful area, Located in this area is Fort Pearce which was built along this thoroughfare about twelve miles southeast of St. George near the Arizona border near the base of the Hurricane cliffs. The fort was used for just four years but portions of its rock walls can still be seen today. John D.L. Pearce was the captain of a cavalry troop that were charged to protect the new settlements and livestock from Indian raids during the Blackhawk War. He built the fort at the site of a spring and wash (both of which now bear his name.) At one point in 1865 it was reported that 20 to 30 men were guarding there. For many years after this the abandoned Fort Pearce was a watering place for travelers and their stock. also within miles of the fort are tracks that were formed When great sand dunes blanketed other parts of southern Utah, dinosaurs stomped through what was then a local floodplain. Evidence of these beasts is found in a series of footprints stamped into a layer of Moenave siltstone. These three-toed impressions left by bipedal coelurasaurids and plateosaurids are considered some of the finest examples of creatures of their age in North America. the area and trails along the trail adjacent to the fprt alson contain several fine examples of petroglyphs and pioneer signatures along the canyon walls dating back to the 1800's
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Trail Information

Saint George
Nearby City
18
Distance
450 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty
September through May
Season
2,770 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,100 feet
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, Dixie Field Office, 435-688-3200
Local Contacts
USGS: St. George, The Divide, and Washington Dome
Local Maps

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Jul 2018