Temple Mountain Road

Scout Route
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Temple Mountain Road is the superhighway of the lower San Rafael Swell. While a great drive in itself, it connects to many of the smaller adventure and sightseeing trails like Swasey's Cabin, Behind the Reef, North Temple Wash, and more. Around every curve, Temple Mountain Road offers breathtaking views of the colorful geology for which the San Rafael Swell is renowned. It's easy to see how the road got its name when looking at its namesake sandstone monlith. Ancient pictograph panels painted on shaded alcove walls beckon you to ponder both their meaning and the lives of those who created them centuries before. Camping opportunities are abundant along Temple Mountain Road and the numerous side trails. The short paved section on the eastern end of the road branches off to the whimsical Goblin Valley State Park. Temple Mountain Road is an easy drive with a tremendous payoff.