Saturday, February 22, 2014

Glitter Mountain near St. George, Utah

These photos do not do Glitter Mountain justice. This place is only about 10 miles from St. George, Utah. If you are looking for something fun and free for the whole family to do while you are in St. George, you have to find Glitter Mountain. My kids like to call it Sparkle Mountain. We all had so much fun here.

Glitter Mountain is an old Mica Rock mine in Arizona, about one mile from the Utah State line.

You can chip away Mica near the bottom of the pit, or choose a piece of glittery rock from the thousands that are scattered on the ground surrounding the mountain.

This is a great place to go in the winter. The temperature was only 55 degrees, but it felt much warmer with all the rocks reflecting the sun. I can't imagine how hot this would feel in the summer. Be sure to bring water with you.

The directions we found online to get to the mountain required 4 wheel drive. On our way home however, we found a much faster and easier way.

Here's how to find Glitter Mountain:

(Traveling in a Minivan directions)
• Find Telegraph Road in Washington, UT
• Turn south onto Washington Feilds Road
• Keep driving south on Washington Feilds road.
• After a while you will go under the Southern Parkway road.
• Soon the pavement will end.
• Take the first right onto a nameless dirt road heading South.
• Drive about 10 miles, until you will reach some houses at the Utah/Arizona border, do NOT turn down this street, keep going straight.
• Drive about 1.5 miles. Soon you will see the glittery white mountain to your right.

If you are looking for more advendure, and you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, follow these directions:
(Check the weather to make sure there is no rain in the forecast.)
• Take I-15 South to Southern Parkway
• Travel East on Southern Parkway. After 3 miles take the River Road exit.
• After crossing the AZ/UT state line, look for a sign to your left that says: Little Black Mountain Petroglyphs.
• Go about 3 miles, you will see a bathroom and the Petroglyph site.
• Continue East on the dirt road.
• About 2 miles, you will sees some houses and a sign that reads, St. George 10 niles.
• Turn right at the sign.
• Drive about 1.5 miles. Soon you will see the glittery white mountain to your right.

Be sure to pin these directions on your Vacation board on Pinterest.


  1. This place looks so pretty! Gonna have to add it to my travel list.

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  4. Thanks so much for posting the great pix and DIRECTIONS! I have heard about what we locally call "the glitter hole" for a long time, but never knew how to get there. AWESOME!

  5. Really looking forward to taking my kids here! I'm having a hard time finding the location on a map from your directions. Huge favor - would you mind posting the coordinates? This site should make it easy.

    1. I had a hard time too, it's easy to get confused in the tangle of dirt roads on the map. Lat: 36.97866094 Long: -113.46399665

  6. Followed the directions that were given above. Not happy. Poor directions. Going to try the BlackRock Petroglyph way. I've been to the petroglyphs before and that was easy. Be careful. I dinged up my minivan going through a BLM gate (not mentioned above).

  7. Thats really cool. I've lived in St. George for a while and have never heard of this. Thanks for this great blog--totally always looking for cheap things to do with my boys! Hey, and if you ever need a spray tan in St. George or Ivins, try me at

    Active mining claim people are not supposed to go there and dig in the pit.
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