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Washington County in southwest Utah is well known for its volcanic history. Remnants of its fiery past can be seen in the cinder cones, such as those found in Snow Canyon State Park, and in the rugged fields of black lava spread across the terrain. From the its name, you can expect that the Lava Flow Trail puts the latter features on full display.
The Lava Flow Trail makes a lot of connections in its first half mile. It begins on the eastern edge of Santa Clara near the border with St. George. From the Santa Clara Library it winds through Canyon Valley Park, passing Snow Valley Middle and High schools.
Not long after crossing Little League Drive, distinctive black lava rock can be seen rising between tufts of light green sagebrush. This is the scenery from this point on. In the distance, red rock ridges dominate the horizon. The trail crosses from the south to the north side of Pioneer Parkway via an underpass, and then snakes along to the end of the trail on Red Mountain Drive, on the edge of a large residential area.
The Lava Flow Trail is paved and easy to use for users at all levels. It invites residents to get out into the wilderness while staying close to home. As this is a desert environment, remember to carry water and wear sun protection.
Park at the Santa Clara Library and head out on the trail (1099 North Lava Flow Drive, St. George, UT). You can also find parking at Canyon View Park (Little League Drive & North Canyon View Drive).
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