St. George, Utah – The Kiln


What? :

This is a very short easy hike that will take you to full restored historical charcoal kiln.

Including the drive up and the short hike it is a fun 30–60-minute side trip on your highway I-15 drive.




Where? :

This short hike is located 21 Miles from St. George. It will take you about 32 minutes driving.

From St. Gorge drive north on highway I-15 and take exit 22. Here you need to follow the Main St. in Brose and Leeds following parallel the highway. At Silver Reef Rd turn left (west), pass below the highway, and keep driving up to the direction of the mountains.

If you are coming from the north on I-15 you need to take exit 23 and turn right.


From the highway the road pass through a residence section and soon after it turn into well maintained dirt road, Oak Grv Dr.

Drive up the road into the mountains.

After about 1.6 miles you will see the V shape junction, this will be the first turn to the right, take it and turn down into the creek (road 032).

After 1.1 miles, shortly after the road crosses over Leeds Creek, you will see on your right the small parking lot and the trail.

There is a nice stone marker announcing the trail at the small parking area.

Overall, this is about 4.2 miles drive from the highway.


Road 032 keep going way up the mountain and deep into the Dixie National Forest, you can find there the Oak Grove Campground just below the high ridge of Signal Peak (10370 ft elevation).

The road going up and to the left of the V junction, Danishe Rnch Rd (road 031) is leading to many hiking options as Boltergeist Canyon, Yankee Doodle Canyon, Yant Flat, Bitter Creek Canyon, and more.


Google Map Link




When? :

The park is open year-round.

At winter the road can probably get snow, I think it will not get too muddy.



Due note 1: This area is under Forest Service, Dixie National Forest.


Due note 2: No cost, no restroom, water source, or other facilities are available here.


Due note 3: Dogs are allowed.


Due note 4: The 4-mile gravel roads leading into this location is always passable by car, maybe it is not recommended when it snow or heavy rain.


My thoughts:

I saw this on google map and marked it as optional side trip.

We did not plan to visit here but because when we visit here (April 2024) there was local road construction, and we can’t drive to Babylon Arch hike.

Because we had some time on our way down to St. George before sunset we decided to visit this place. Short drive into the mountain, this is short and easy drive, and we walk to the nice kiln structure. From here we drove down to St. George for dinner.




The visit:

The Children’s Forest at the Kiln trail is easy to walk and very short and easy to follow.

It less than a half mile loop to the kiln and back. 

The trail was created for children, easy to walk and there are explanatory plaques along the walk. The nice small signs explain about the native plants.


Walk down the small creek and cross it over the wooden bridge.

On the other side you can get inside the large stone Kiln structure.

The large kiln was used in the 1800’s to produce charcoal that was then used in the separation process for the Silver Reef mines operations.

A short stop at the kiln for taking few pictures and you will walk back the your car.


There is one picnic table nested in the trees not so far from the parking, a perfect place for lunch stop.


This is not a mandatory location to visit but if you are driving nearby and have spare time, it is a fun place to visit, especially if you are traveling with kids.