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Lone Pine Arch
Rock formations (Hoodoos) at the Lone Pine Arch.
This was an exploratory trip to find the Lone Pine Arch, Petroglyphs and the old site of Goldstrike. Turns out that Goldstrike is still being worked today, having produced a lot of gold and silver in years past. (More info below). We were accompanied by Dan & Lynn, Bud and Julie.
As is customary on these kind of trips we missed a lot, left for you to find and explore. Like the Conception Cave with petroglyphs that is located just west of the Arch. Linda found a piece of pottery near the entrance of the cave. The trail just past the Arch is 4 wheel drive only with obstacles and a really sandy area. The trail here is very narrow. Also we didn't explore any of the sites at Goldstrike, and there are plenty to explore. Coming back out of the mountains is a special treat if you like long distance views. It has the WOW factor!
St. George, Utah Daytrip Video
Please view this full screen for a better experience!
Download the GPX track (zip file) here --
History of the Goldstrike Mining Area
Topography Maps of Lone Pine Arch Area
The Goldstrike district was first discovered in the late 1800's with production peaking around 1910. The district sat idle until the 1970's when several different mining interests did some widespread exploration in the district, including about 1500 drill holes and extensive road networks. (see enlarged maps below) By the late 1980's they began building a mine. The open pit, heap-leach gold mine was developed and mined by Tenneco Minerals Company from 1988 to 1993. Then USMX of Utah Inc. closed the mine and finished reclamation work in 1996.
Now the really interesting part: The Goldstrike district produced 209,000 ounces of gold and 197,000 ounces of silver from 8 million tonnes of ore. It closed because of low gold prices. At todays gold prices (2018) that would be worth about 271 million dollars for the gold! This has all changed now, because of the high gold prices and in fact when we went through the area they were removing a large track-hoe and you could see where they had just dug quite a few new prospect holes. This is a large gold mining area and is worth exploring.
Here are two other enlarged maps of the area:
Overall topography map of the trip ---
Goldstrike mining district map & roads ---
This was a really interesting and scenic trip made even better with the help of friends that went along. Bud led part of the trip and showed us where the arch & petroglyphs were. You could spend more time in these areas and still only spend a day.