There are four ravines in the Green Valley Gap west of St George, Utah. Ravines one, two, and three run in a north easterly direction from the Bloomington Hills to a collection stream that empties into the Virgin River. The fourth ravine runs east from the Bloomington Hills source to a road that returns to the start of the other three ravines.
On December 5, 2016, we traveled up the third ravine to the Bloomington Hills, ascended the ridge east of this ravine, and then returned to the start along the ridge between the third and second ravine. Some of our party returned by way of the second ravine which required some scrambling.
This is an interesting hike of about 4 miles.
Overall rating = easy
Distance: 4 miles – easy
Elevation gain: about 600 feet including a 100 foot climb out of the ravine at the head of the ravine = moderate Terrain: rocky trail – easy
Exposure: none – easy
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Take exit 4 west from Interstate I15 onto S Dixie Drive and travel north west 2.5 miles to S Canyon View Drive. Turn left and travel 0.7 miles to the end of Canyon View Drive.
Take the gravel road north, down the hill, and back south to the power station. Park near the power station.
From the parking lot travel towards the power station to the entrance to the third ravine.
Travel up the ravine to a large bowl below the Bloomington Hills and ascend the slope to the east to the ridge between the third and fourth ravines. Follow this ridge south west to the caves in the process crossing a major bicycle trail. On the return from the caves follow the bicycle trail north circling the bowl and onto the ridge between the second and third ravines.
It is about 1.5 miles and 500 feet elevation ascent up the third ravine to the large bowl structure and another 0.5 miles and 100 feet elevation to the caves. The return route along the ridge is about 2 miles.
While traversing up the ravine look for the following structures: a hole in a rock in the ravine; an alligator on the east ridge; a monkey face on the west ridge; a pyramid structure in the ravine; a small arch on the east ridge; and an elephant head in the ravine. On the return route look for the dinosaur structure.