Temple Mine

Hanksville, Utah (Emery County)

Last Updated: 09/22/2020
4.4 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.27 miles
Highest Elevation: 5956 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Hanksville
Nearest Town w/ Services: Hanksville
Official Road Name: Temple Mine Loop
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Price Field Office
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Highlights

Highlight: Temple Mine
Situated in the southern end of the San Rafael Swell, the Temple Mine off-road trail takes you back to many mining areas to explore and up and over the ridgeline leading to an inspiring view of Temple Mountain. Remote and historic, this is a seldom traveled route perfect for the adventurer looking for the hidden nooks and crannies of the San Rafael Swell.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead begins at the end of North Temple Wash.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.684463, -110.667205

Starting Point: Green River, Utah

Take I70 West for 10.5 miles. Go south at Exit 149 for Hanksville/UT 24. Follow UT 24 for 24.2 miles until you reach Temple Mountain Road. Turn right (west) onto Temple Mountain road and follow for 5.1 miles where you will turn right (north) to reach the trailhead for North Temple Wash. Take North Temple Wash to its end.

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Trail Reviews (10)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Ran the trail last weekend to see what was going on with the wash out. I found the spot people were talking about near the end of the trail. But with that said the trail wasn't bad and I was easily able to keep driving through. Could have been its already worn down on the sides making it less of camber. I believe we might have got up to about 15 degrees or so. Thus plenty of safety net. Yes the trail does have the rocks in it like Paul's photos below but my JLU with wider rims and wheels on it had no issues just driving around it in 2wd. You can see in the photos below and was able to see with my own eyes that Paul filled in the erosion with the rocks so "Thank you". This should slow it down for a while till someone can come fill this in. I did check out the two alternate routes heading out. The one near the mine and the southern one that rides the ridge. Both are very cool but I think I like the southern one more. Just watch out for the turn at the top. Both are in the same difficulty range of this trail so no need to be stressed. There is really cool old house off the one he highlighted on the page below. Very cool area.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This was my first time running this trail. Running North Temple Wash first set the tone, and I expected more, but this trail was a lot of fun and would recommend others to check out. After reading about the washout between Waypoints 10 and 11, we opted to head west from Waypoint 10 to get back to Temple Mountain Road.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Great trail! This was my second time running this one. It seemed a little less rough this time vs two years ago. The area changes drastically depending on the clouds, so this time was a bit different in the color grades exhibited in the rocks. Its a beautiful and interesting trail and I would recommend it to anyone!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Another absolute favorite in the area. A bit of challenge and a ton of epic scenery. The mining history is super fascinating as well. I love this part of Utah!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Beautiful trail. Absolute must-do if you are looking for some history in this part of the Swell. I did notice the review of the washout, however, this trail was easily completed in my TJ, as well as a JL in our group without issue. This is one of those trails that can change drastically with any given storm, unfortunately.

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Status: Impassable
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I wish i would have read Paul's review below me, because I did not do this trail this day. The trail is quite unpassable in the section he circled and I have pictures. If you have a vehicle you are comfortable taking very off camber you could do it, provided the dust doesn't make you slide right off the shelf. He gives an alternate route to take, which I see, but it didn't look very official to me and I believe in staying the trail. I was attempting to run the trail in reverse.

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Status: Impassable
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The shelf section has a bad washout in it between WP10 and 11. It's hard to tell in the picture, but it's very tippy, very slippery (gravel on top of hard pack), and extremely narrow. There is a go-around. The shelf is currently doable, but just barely and it's high risk. We filled a lot of the washout in with rocks and boulders after almost loosing one of the vehicles in our group (ok, fine, it was me). Locals who helped us move rocks said it happened in the last couple weeks. It's pretty heavily off-camber and very slippery due to all the gravel and sand that has sluffed over the trail. I got crossed up in it pretty good and it took a few hours to safely get the truck recovered and get the hole filled in. We brought a bunch of rocks/boulders from around that area and winched some larger ones into place to fill the washout. If you're running this trail, be ready for this section and be careful. There is a possible go-around (see attached image). We did improve this washed-out corner, but it's not pretty and would need some professional effort to make it safer. Just be aware and be safe. OTHERWISE, this trail is pretty fun with good views and several good challenges. Some of the small drainage crossings around the mine ruins are washing out as well and are really deep. Got some good wheel lifts while going through them diagonally.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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What a cool trail, I can't wait to go back and check out more of the area.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Temple Mine offers mild and fun offroading with great views and interesting things to explore. Around the old mining areas, you can't help but wonder what the area was like the hay day of mining. Now it looks almost dystopian with a beautiful backdrop. Totally worth exploring and if you are into old mining remnants, this trail is for you.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Absolutely incredible trail! Not too hard, not too easy...just right for my 2015 tacoma with a 3" lift and 33's. The scenery is mind blowing (as a lot of the swell is). If you like abandoned mines and epic scenery, I would give this trail a serious consideration!

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Writer Information

TJ Bosworth

Mapping Crew - Utah

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he's only been off-roading since he was 16 but fell in love immediately. He attended college in Denver for Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management and wheeled in Colorado for 4 years, but ended up moving back home to Salt Lake City. He currently works in an off-road shop and spends his free time doing anything he can to stay busy, which is usually working on his jeep or playing music. Outside of off-roading, he is an avid whitewater rafter and outdoor cook. Camping at least every other weekend in any season is a normal year. The further from civilization, the better. Bring on the memories!
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