Cinder Cone

Hiking to The Cinder Cone

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Cinder Cone Hike

The Cinder Cone hike also referred to as Diamond Cinder Cone, is a unique experience in the St. George area. This hike is lesser known and therefore unlikely to be busy.  This hike offers yet another example of interesting landscape in this area of Utah. 

A cinder cone is a small volcano, usually less than 300 m tall.  They are shaped like a cone and emit cinders instead of a fluid lava.  This is one of two cinder cones in Washington County, Utah.  It is part of the much larger Santa Clara Volcano.  The other cinder cone can be seen while on this hike if you look about a mile north.

Diamond Cinder Cone Hike

Diamond Cinder Cone Hike

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Quick Facts

  • 1.7 miles, out and back
  • Plan for about 1 hour
  • About a 449 ft elevation gain
  • Rated moderate, 
  • NOT dog friendly
  • Technically part of Snow Canyon State Park, but located north of the park on Route 18.

Lava rock from the cinder cone

Lava rock from the cinder cone

trail along the Cinder Cone hike

trail along the Cinder Cone hike

Our Hike

This hike was unlike anything we’ve ever done.  It was interesting to not only see the cinder cone, walk down into it, but to see the area from this elevation.

The hike starts outside of Snow Canyon State Park, there is a pull-off that serves as the parking lot for this hike.  You’ll hike around the back of the cinder cone, possibly passing onto private property through a couple of gates.  Stay on the worn path and close the gates behind you.  Next, the trail will turn to gravel and you’ll begin to climb to the top of the cinder cone.  There will be lots of loose rock so be careful and have good shoes/boots.

Bright Fall yellow color

Bright Fall yellow color

crossing onto private property is part of the hike

crossing onto private property is part of the hike

Another cinder cone in the area

Another cinder cone in the area

Snow Canyon State Park in the background

Snow Canyon State Park in the background

Once you reach the top, enjoy the expansive view and scenery of the area.  Then you’ll begin the walk around the rim of the volcano.  Another trail will lead you down into the crater.  It’s quite steep and full of slippery pebbles so once again, watch your step.  I would recommend going to the bottom if you are able to.  It’s quite an experience to view the lava rocks as it’s above you on the cone walls.

This hike was different hike than anything else we had done in the area and if you have the time or want to avoid the crowds at the larger attractions, you should check it out!  We also hiked to The Vortex after this hike and then headed to Veyo Pies.  It’s a great mix of hiking, sightseeing and dessert!

Keith walking along the rim

Keith walking along the rim

Walking down into the cinder cone

Walking down into the cinder cone

It's a slippery walk down

It’s a slippery walk down

At the bottom of the cinder cone

At the bottom of the cinder cone

on the way out, passing a lave field

on the way out, passing a lava field

Amazing how much lava rock is in the area

Amazing how much lava rock is in the area

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