(nr Hanksville UT)
Temple Mountain was important for mining high grade uranium and vanadium, and was active from 1898 to the late 1970s. During its most productive period the mines extracted ore amounting to 1,287,000 pounds of uranium oxide and 3,799,000 pounds of vanadium oxide.
The area is now closed to mining, and is protected as a Historic District and Area of Critical Environmental Concern by the BLM. Numerous hiking and ATV trails fan out into the surrounding hills of the San Rafael Swell.
A pictograph panel was located in Temple Mountain Wash. Strangely, no details about it were posted. It was probably done by the Fremont, other ancestral peoples, or maybe by later natives. The mountain was named after its resemblance to a Morman Temple.
I had intended to hike to the Wild Horse Window; but, I couldn’t locate the trailhead. So, I only camped in the area one night, as it was getting too hot.
Camp: BLM-Temple Mountain Wash boondock
Scene: Rock formations