Lava Tube Trail

MODERATE 91 reviews
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Lava Tube Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near St George, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
396 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

This is the real American Southwest, with a wildness and emptiness that allows you a taste of frontier life.

hiking
13 days ago

Great walk over rocks and lava. A beautiful sunny day.

hiking
14 days ago

Love the views and exploring the lava tubes! Bring headlamps and water!

1 month ago

We love this hike. It’s a regular for us. It’s beautiful. But it’s really popular so arrive early. We got in at 7:30 am and had the whole trail to ourselves. By the time we left the little parking lot was full.

2 months ago

Great trail one day is not enough to explore everything.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with amazing views. Going into the lava tubes is cool but climbing on top of a cool rock structure was probably my favorite though. The view was amazing!

3 months ago

Wonderful experience! The hike getting to the Lava Tubes is easy to follow. It’s exciting being able to explore the tubes. Bring a flashlight and don’t be afraid to get some dirt on you. There are three tubes that you can explore.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. The lava tube was really cool! It's a tight fit in some spots. You will definitely need lighting, as it is pitch black inside the tube. We used miner's type lighting so that our hands were free. You can go quite a ways in the tube. It eventually stops so there is no way of getting lost.

hiking
3 months ago

Such a fun trail! Great for the kids. Loved the interesting facts posted on information markers near the lava tubes and fields. There was a moderate amount of traffic but the closer we got to the overlook, the fewer people we came across. Looking forward to visiting again to explore the tubes a bit more.

3 months ago

Awesome trial! Tube entrances were amazing can't wait to go back and explore again soon!

4 months ago

This trail is definitely an easy one full of different tubes to climb into an explore.

4 months ago

The hike should be rated as easy. Lava tube was very unique!

4 months ago

The hike is actually easy, not moderate. It is mostly walking through sagebrush until you get to the lava caves and some fun rock formations to climb on.

4 months ago

Love going down inside the huge lava tube about 3/4 a mile in

hiking
6 months ago

Short walk to the lava caves. Fun scramble into the lava caves. It’s cooler temperature inside the caves, and dark. The kids had a fun time. Bring glow sticks, but please don’t leave them behind.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail was a lot of fun, with several different ways to access. We connected to the lava tubes trail via the petrified dunes. The tube we explored had a few ways in, with plenty of fun little scrambles. Great hike!

hiking
10 months ago

I went into all 3 lava caves with my friends and all 3 of them are caved in. we searched all the areas of all the caves but they were caved in. the farthest we got was in the first cave and traveled a few hundred feet before it was over. it looked fun but now the caves are caved in.

10 months ago

Loved this. Especially the cool temps of the tubes themselves. Super cool if you're a geology nerd too.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

This was an easy/moderate trail. Family fun..beautiful scenery. There is some climbing but not too bad. The cave was cool and goes pretty far in but you'd need to bring your headlamps in order to go further in. Kids enjoyed it!!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

My family love the trails

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Great family hike. The kids loved climbing down in the lava tubes. Great views at the overlook.

hiking
Friday, March 31, 2017

Pretty easy hike! The ground is rocky and uneven but otherwise not too bad. You get to hike to two different lava tubes, the first one is harder to get into, but if you hike a little further down the trail the second tube has an easier access and is super cool to see.

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Easy trail for us and the kids (ages 4, 5 and 7) to explore, capped with some petrified sand dune climbing.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Reason to take trail; 150 ft decent into lava tube.

hiking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

It was beautiful and fun. I would consider this more of a nature trek than a hike as far as difficulty. We actually started on the Lava Tube trail then proceeded to do a walk about via three or four others for a three hour tour. I recommend this for the views!

hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

good hike with many different
views on the way

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

This was a fun hike with great scenery and a little adventure. Parking is easy and the trail is well marked. Easy walking, passing by lava flow, with vistas of the the snow canyon cliffs ahead of you and white rocks to the side. There are two large lava tubes areas which are marked on the trail map. Bring headlamps if you'd like to really get in there and explore. Otherwise you can just walk in the entrance for a taste of what it's like. There are a few other smaller tubes along the way, not on the map, that are also fun if you are ready for a squeeze and a slither. The nice thing is that the lava tubes are only about half way on the trail, so you can really customize how long or short you want your hike to be. After the lava tubes (where we lingered for quite a while) we took time to climb to the very top of the slickrock hill where an overlook is marked on the map. See our photos above. It was a fun easy scramble and a spectacular view at the top. Then we hiked back to the car. Overall we only did 2.2 miles and 2 hours of hiking. You can follow the trail to the end for a 4+ mile hike. You can crawl around in caves or just hike. We went at the end of September and temps were mid 80's on the surface and 50's in the big caves. Perfect, in other words :)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Beautiful scenery.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Fun hike, cool lava tubes, nice overlook of Snow Canyon

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Nice, easy hike for the family with a very cool tree at the end..

hiking
Monday, February 22, 2016

You'll have to be a little adventurous and willing to go into tight spaces and climb out, but the caves and lava tubes were phenomenal! Not a far hike, but lots of exploring and lots of fun.

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