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Giles, Utah
A Ghost of a Town
And Zion NP

June29, 2011
We had completed our adventure into Canyonlands on the WRT, having stayed overnight at Arch View RV park along with the Strucks. Howard and I would be making our way home by the way of Highway24/12 the Strucks would also be heading home.
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Making tracks to just west of Hanksville, Utah is the way into Giles (Ghost Town), I’ve passed by this turn off several times, this time it is time to explore this area. A short, few yards off Hiway24 a greeting area of sorts is on display.
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Signage as to how far in be Giles was on the vague side so we followed the road, which there is a crossing over the Fremont River. Lucky for us it was only about 10 inches deep and of very solid footing.
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The grayish road leads us around some bushes and opened up into Blue Valley, complete with a welcome sign.
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Looking around we still didn’t see any signs of the ghost town so we headed towards the cemetery as the sign point to.
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The cemetery is on the other side of a large chasm, so down a dusty road across a dry riverbed at the bottom and back up to reach Giles cemetery.
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This area was surreal, with be surround by ash gray hills that have been worn down by nature. Walking around to vary graves, we noted that the cemetery was pretty well taken care of.
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It amazing what you can find out about a place from the local cemetery, the fence bordering the place had several items hanging on it.
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After an hour or so, here we moved on to the trailer that was seen on the way in. This means crossing back through the gulch with its loose, dusty soil.
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Once by the abandon trailer and it had been awhile since someone had occupied it. Someone had built a greeting post with several items hanging about.
[image] My brother and I wandered about the area, looking for any old buildings. There was only a make shift shade structure and what was left of a long ago building made of mud bricks and of rock blocks foundation.
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An oasis was brought to life by a leaking well, the escaping water created a large pond and the choking reed population.
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Howard, up on top of my camper was looking around for any other signs of any structures, none weren’t seen.
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Heading back to where the “Welcome to Blue Valley” sign there is another sign pointed the way to another cemetery; how far down the road, it was unclear.
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Traveling over hills and dry river washes on to a lonely straight of road that dead end into another dusty road. Which way to go, time to put the GPS to work.
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Heading east once again in open range, the road would leads us back to Highwa24 just west of Hanksville.
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Stopping along the way as the road dropped into a shallow valley, a good photo stop.
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Soon we were back on Highway 24 and on to Bryce NP, just for a night stop. While there my brother Howard tried to make friends with the local wildlife.
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It was a cool night at Bryce NP and we are headed for Zion NP for a short visit. Temple of Sinawava walk was a good place to take my brother to, once there we crossed the Virgin River to a waterfall.
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This was a nice area; flowers were in a good bloom
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We climbed higher up to get a better view of this little alcove.
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Once back on ground level a surprise came out way, a deer feeding close by seemed to be ignoring us as it slowly moved along.
Time was running short for us so back across the river and up the well beaten- path we walked.
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It was time to leave Zion NP and make our way to St.George, then home.
Thank to everyone for following along on my many adventures.

* This post was edited 12/29/11 03:09pm by c.traveler2 *


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Great report ! Thanks for sharing


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Cool adventure. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 12/29/11 05:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Love the "exploration" of those remote roads......my wife doesn't always agree with my choices for some of those though. [emoticon] Thanks for the report!

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Posted: 12/29/11 07:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the report. It was a pleasure following you.

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Posted: 12/29/11 07:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Butch Cassidy frequented Hanksville.

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Posted: 12/30/11 07:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh no, lots of reds.

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Posted: 12/30/11 07:04am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice respite for us from our 0.3F days here in the far Northeast!

Excellent travelog!

It looks like you're the last Trip Report in this Forum of the 2011 season [emoticon]

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Posted: 12/30/11 06:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Boy, that Utah country seemed to be completely devoid of any color but gray [emoticon]


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Excellent pics, thanks for sharing.

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