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“A neat side trip from Zion” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grafton

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Ranked #402 of 712 attractions in Utah
Type: Ghost Towns
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Ventura, California
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“A neat side trip from Zion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Before we hit Zion NP, we took a back road to the ghost town of Grafton, off the Smithsonian Butte Scenic Byway out of Rockville. This is the site where Butch Cassidy was filmed and very interesting. If you want to avoid the toll at Zion, you can follow this road all the way to HWY 59 and avoid the Zion traffic Jam. This is definitely a road less traveled!

Visited March 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“A well-kept ghost town (wait, is that an oxymoron?)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Worth the side trip from Springdale if time permits and you are into ghost towns. My family thought is was really interesting. My kids, age 7 and 9, were fascinated by the graveyard - especially because there were children buried there, and even an infant that was never named. The school house is neat to see, too. A wood stove sits directly in the middle of the classroom - hate to be the kid that had to sit front and center of that - unless, of course, it is 10 degrees outside.

Visited April 2012
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“small ghost town close to Zion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

Grafton is a ghost town just down the road from Springdale.

We first missed the road as the sign is only visible going to Springdale. The road crosses the river on a small one lane bridge. It becomes a dirt road, but easily traveled by a regular car. At some point, you drive in front of security cameras, even infrared ones. This shouldn't discourage you. After maybe 10 minutes, you arrive at the old cemetery. It is well maintained and one can get nice pictures if into that kind of thing.

Then, we followed the right fork of the road. There is a big hole in it, but not so big that you can not drive a regular car. Following a small cliff on the left hand side, the road reaches Grafton. There are wooden houses on the left, and, just before a left turn of the road, church, a brick house an an older wooden house are behind a gate with a lock but the lock isn't closed. There are interesting signs explaining the history of Grafton and the life of settlers. You can look inside the church and the brick house and visit the wooden house. You can see the marks in the beams from the tools used to cut the wood. You can also visit the most recent wooden house on the left, even go in the basement, sit on one of the porches and imagine what life must had been back then. You can not come close to the first old house. And don't bother driving in the mud to the last small wooden structure after the road turns left, it is fenced.
If it rains or the road is muddy, it might not be such a good idea to visit without a four wheels drive.

Visited October 2011
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