The Church Rocks trail is a popular bicycling trail as it is located in Washington City. It also makes for an interesting hike.
This trail is located west of Interstate I15 between exits 13 and 16. Access to the Church Rocks trail is about 1 mile from the nearest parking area and is through a 500 foot long culvert running under I15 adjacent to the Washington water tank.
The 3 mile well marked trail travels along a red rock ridge to a viewpoint overlooking a large formation which resembles a large cathedral. From this point the trail returns to the starting point in the valley below.
Overall rating = easy
Distance: 5.5 miles return – moderate
Elevation gain: ~400 feet – easy
Terrain: mainly slickrock – easy
Exposure: none – easy
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If coming from the north, take Interstate I15 exit 16 to State Road 9 east towards Hurricane. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights onto Telegraph Street, 6300W, and drive 2.5 miles to the first set of traffic lights at Highland Parkway. Turn right and drive up the hill to the end of the Parkway Road past Highlands park and onto Horizons Parkway parking at the north end of the parking lot.
If coming from the south, take Interstate I15 exit 13 south on Washington Parkway 1.1 miles to Telegraph Street and turn left. Travel 1.1 miles to the traffic light at Highland Parkway and turn left and drive up the hill to the end of the Parkway Road past Highlands park and onto Horizons Parkway parking at the north end of the parking lot.
From the trailhead at the north end of the Highland Parkway, follow the trail which traverses along the edge of the ridge overlooking Coral Canyon until you come to the gravel road to the water tank. Take the rough road down the south side of the hill and follow the bike tracks to the culvert. This is about 1 mile.
Continue straight ahead, 0.2 miles, along the Grapevine wash until you get to the Church Rocks trail sign. Turn right and follow the well marked trail out to the church rocks and back a distance of 3.1 miles. Then return via the same route to the parking lot.
The trail traverses the red rock ridge on vast expanses of slickrock with great views of the surrounding areas. At the far end the trail overlooks the red rock formation known as the “Church” because it resembles a large cathedral with many windows. The return leg is along the base of the red rock ridge and joins the prospector Trail about half way along.