Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thompson Springs

Date Placed: June 20, 2010
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: GreenJello
Planters: GreenJello and Teancum
Location: Thompson Canyon, Thompson Springs, Grand, Utah
Status: Active

I love the area around the little town of Thompson Springs, Utah. The poor town hasn't fared well over the years; it is almost a ghost town now. But you will want to visit to find the real ghost towns up the canyons behind Thompson Springs.

Directions: From I-70, take the Thompson Springs exit (#187) and head north into town. Follow the main road as it winds through town and then heads to the canyons. Be sure to stop at the amazing Native American rock art site on your way up. Continue up the canyon, staying straight on the road. There will be side roads to the left and right, but you're interested in continuing up Thompson Canyon at this point. Follow the road until you see the sign reminding you to keep the water nice and clean. There are some wonderful abandoned structures to explore here, so pull off and park. When you locate the old beehive oven, look underneath the right support side. There's some smaller rocks and leaves hiding the box.

Notes: The road is not paved past the Rock Art site. A two-wheeled vehicle should be able to make it up the canyon just fine, unless there's significant spring runoff in the area. There are a couple of dips in the road, but slow driving will work just fine (as long as you don't have a super low clearance vehicle!).

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