Monday, October 29, 2012

Ghosts and Monsters Scattered Around Utah

The Halloween season is only a small part of the year, but you can celebrate a spooky theme all year long by visiting one of these places in Utah with a spooky name.

GHOSTS!
  • Ghost TownsUtah has ghost towns in almost every county. Our favorites are Mercur and Ophir in Tooele County, and Frisco is on our list of must see ghost towns to visit. Read about all of Utah's ghost towns HERE.
  • Ghost FallsLocated in Corner Canyon in Draper, Ghost Falls is named after the seasonal waterfall that often "disappears like a ghost" in certain seasons. 
  • Ghost Road
    A road in Castledale. Why is it named Ghost Road? Take a drive down it and see!
  • Ghost Rock Summit
    A local feature in the Green River area, this mountainous peak stands above the surrounding land. 
MONSTERS!
  • Goblin Valley
    The vast landscape of sandstone goblins may have visitors wondering if they're on Mars or in Utah. The movie, Galaxy Quest, was filmed at Goblin Valley State Park because of its unearthly scenery.
  • Devil's Slide
    Located in Weber Canyon, 8 miles east of Morgan, Utah, the Devil's Slide is a pair of limestone beds from a 170 million year old shallow sea.
  • Devil's Garden Hike and nearby Campground
    Located in Arches National Park, the Devils Garden Trail, including the primitive loop trail, is the longest of the maintained trails in Arches National Park. 
  • Devil's Kitchen
    Along the Nebo Scenic Loop Highway in the Wasatch Mountains, these eroded sandstone formations are reminiscent of a miniature Bryce Canyon.
DEATH!
  • Bone Valley
    A small area located SouthEast of Beaver, UT
  • Hells Backbone Ranch and Trail
    Hell's Backbone Ranch and Trail (formerly Boulder Mountain Ranch and Trail) offers day rides, pack trips and custom trips for riders of all abilities in the Dixie National Forest and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  
  • Box-Death Hollow Wilderness 
    Box-Death Hollow Wilderness is a 25,751 acres wilderness area located in south-central Utah on the Dixie National Forest. Vertical gray-orange walls of Navajo sandstone stand above two canyon tributaries of the Escalante River in Box-Death Hollow. The name Death Hollow gives reference to a number of livestock that plunged to their death trying to cross the steep canyon.
  • Dead Horse Point
    The Legend of Dead Horse Point: Cowboys corralled wild mustangs on the Point, then chose the horses they wanted. One time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst.
  • Skull Valley
    Skull Valley of Utah, is a 40-mile long valley located in east Tooele County at the southwest of the Great Salt Lake.
  • Death Canyon
    Located approx 90 miles from Salt Lake City in Utah's west desert is Death Canyon. Littered with signs from Utah's mining past, makes this canyon a great place to visit and explore. There is an unknown number of mines in this canyon, so use caution when hiking around. Enjoy Utah's field experts, Chad and Jen, has visited here a few times. 
OTHER SPOOKY NAMED PLACES!
  • Sleepy Hollow
    Sleepy Hollow is an experts only slot canyon. The canyon requires sustained high stemming, chimneying and challenging climbing. Sleepy Hollow is one of the the most difficult canyons. For those with the skill to tackle this beast it is a canyon classic.
  • Spooky Gulch
    Spooky Gulch is a short slot canyon hike in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area, located on the Hole-in-the-Rock Road, 26 miles south of the town of Escalante. Spooky is well-named and pretty famous for how dark it gets that deep in a slot, and for the panic-inspiring quality of its extremely narrow walls.
  • Highway 666
    The road is almost 200 miles long, and runs through Colorado, New Mexico, and ends in Utah. These states are making efforts to change the name of the road, although nefarious happenings still occur along what locals have dubbed “The Devil’s Highway” nonetheless. It was originally the sixth branch of the long gone Route 66.
Have you visited any of the above named places?! Are they as spooky as they sound?! Leave us a comment and let us know of your experiences with these spooky-named Utah places!

1 comment:

  1. I love this post! Exploring old Ghost Towns in America has become a big hobby of mine over the past decade. I especially loved visiting http://FriscoUtah.com.

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