The Cinder Cone

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The Cinder Cone is an extinct volcano East of Highway 18 in Southern Utah. It is the last cinder cone in a chain that extends up to the town of Veyo, and is the only cinder cone inside Snow Canyon State Park. It includes a trail to the top where much of Snow Canyon can be seen.

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Cinder cones are simple volcanoes that form around single lava vents. As the lava spits out, it slowly builds a mound around the lava vent, forming a cone.

From the trailhead, there are two paths that can be taken. One wraps around the cone and is more gradual, while the other leads straight from the bottom to the top. We first took the path leading straight up. It was mostly gravel-type lava rock which made it more difficult that just the steep climb, but we managed it alright. After hiking around the top and taking some pictures and videos, we descended using the other trail, which was not covered in volcanic gravel.

Here is our video of the hike! We had fun helping Cade get some footage he could toy around with using his video editing skills. Enjoy!