Bullion Canyon

Written by on January 28, 2015 in UT History & Heritage - Comments Off on Bullion Canyon

Cut into the Tushar Mountains of Utah, Bullion canyon has been occupied for thousands of years. The surrounding peaks rise to 12,000 feet, and the stream cuts a deep gorge through the rocks, dropping nearly 2,000 feet until it merges with the Seview River. The Fremont left behind traces of pottery shards and petroglyphs. The Utes and Paiute roamed the area in the 1700s. The Spanish explored the area and found the gold as evidenced by the crude milling stone.

In 1865, American miners made it into the Tushars – the third highest mountain range in Utah. They had no trouble finding gold in Pine Creek that runs through Bullion Canyon. Prospectors followed the gold upstream looking for the source and as they did, the largest town in the district, Bullion City grew. In its heyday, the town had more than 1,600 souls and the Kimberly Mine was the heart of the gold mining effort. At the time, gold was worth $20 per ounce. Even after the mining played out, the town stayed viable until 1938 when the Bully Boy Mill closed down.

Thanks to the dry climate the continuous long occupation, the 2.5 mile canyon boasts some of the best historic and ghostly remnants in Utah — homes, hotels, tools, mine tunnels and more. At the canyon’s mouth, you’ll see a restored ore car, and pamphlets that describe the various stops along what is now known as the Canyon of Gold Tour. You can see the remnants of the old toll road, the Mill Stables, the Will Tate Mine, the Dalton Mine and Boarding House, the arrastra used by the Spanish to mine gold before U.S. settlers moved into the area, the remains of Bullion City and much more.

This trip is best taken in the spring and summer, when unpredictable winter storms and icy roads won’t be a problem. However, the ghostly remains of the town are just as beautiful in the snow. The Canyon of Gold Tour can be taken by car, ATV or bike.

The nearby town of Marysvale offers lodging, dining and shopping. Marysvale also sits at the heart of the Piaute ATV Trail. The well-maintained off-road trails depart from every direction out of Marysvale and the trails are huge draw for outdoor enthusiasts.

Other attractions in the area include:
Fish Lake and Fishlake National Forest
Capitol Reef National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park

For more information, you can contact the
Beaver Ranger District
P.O. Box E
Beaver, Utah 84713
Phone 435-438-2436

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