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Minerals and Mining

Mineral Materials and Community Pits

Under the Mineral Materials Program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages the exploration, development, and disposal of sand, gravel, stone, cinders, and other common rocks. These materials are classified as salables and are available by sale or free use permit if it is not expressly prohibited by law or if it is detrimental to the public interest. The St. George Field Office issues approximately 700 mineral material contracts per year. Mineral materials are sold through competitive/negotiated sales, small (less than $2000.00) over the counter sales and free use permits. 

Four community pits and one common use area for mineral materials are present on BLM administered lands in Washington County. Three of the community pits managed by BLM provide cinders and one provides a competent flagstone. Over-the-counter sales are made at the fair market rate which is updated periodically. Contact the St. George Field Office for maps, permits, and the latest information. For larger contract sales, contact the St. George Field Office Geologist.

Community Pit
Location
Material
Common Use AreaApproximately 11 miles south of Hurricane, Utah, off the east side of Hurricane Cliffs RoadLandscape Rock
East Hurricane6.5 miles southeast of Hurricane, Utah, on State Route 59Red or Black Cinders
Little Creek Mountain/Cinder Knoll12 miles southeast of Hurricane, Utah, off State Route 59 on Little Creek MountainRed or Black Cinders
Veyo2 miles north of Veyo, Utah, on State Route 18Black Cinders
Virgin1.5 miles southwest of Virgin, Utah, on the Sheepbridge Road or 2.5 miles north of State Route 59 on Sheepbridge RoadDesert Tan Flagstone
 East Hurricane Community PitVirgin Community Pit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo: Individuals gathering flagstone at the Virgin Community Pit.

 

Photo: Cinder processing at the East Hurricane Community Pit.