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Mt Trumbull
Ghost Town

A Ghost town named Mt. Trumbull which is situated near St. George, Utah, offers a serene retreat into nature’s splendor.

Towering over the surrounding landscape, this majestic peak is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

With its rugged terrain and breathtaking vistas, Mt. Trumbull beckons hikers, climbers, and photographers to explore its slopes and capture its beauty.

Rich in geological history, the mountain boasts stunning rock formations and diverse flora and fauna, providing visitors with an immersive wilderness experience. 



Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse

The first schooling in the area took place in the home of one of the local residents. In order to accommodate a growing student body, a modest schoolhouse was built.

Soon it became too small and was moved to make room for the existing building, which was completed in 1922 and continued to be used until 1966.


Disaster Strikes

On July 31, 2000, arsonists burned the building down. A restoration committee made the decision to build a schoolhouse replica.

The restoration was completed in partnership with some of the descendents of the first settlers of Mt. Trumbull, the BLM, and contributions from the public. The Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse was rededicated on October 13, 2001 and continues to be a symbol of the pioneer spirit of the Arizona Strip



Sense of Community

The one-room schoolhouse had a variety of uses throughout its lifetime. In addition to being used for teaching, the building was also used for town hall meetings, church, dances, and other community events.

A strong sense of community resulted from the isolation of the town. The nearest town (St. George, Utah) was 60 miles away, and at the time, was a long wagon ride or car ride over bumpy trails.

How To Get There

From St. George, Utah via South River Road. Head south on BLM Road 1069 towards County Road 5 for 38 miles. Continue left on County Road 5 for 12 miles. Turn left at the Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse. Continue east for 12 miles. The Mt. Trumbull Trailhead is on the left side of the road.


If exploring Mt Trumbull sparks an interest in other ghost towns scattered across Southern Utah’s rugged landscape, consider visiting nearby enclaves like Silver Reef, Frisco, Grafton, and Old Iron town.

These historical sites not only deepen one’s comprehension of Utah’s past but also cultivate a deep bond with the pioneers who molded the region’s character. Undertaking this historical expedition guarantees to be both enlightening and humbling, intertwining the historical fabric of yesteryears with the contemporary scenery of Southern Utah.

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