Past sandy beaches, river rapids, and petroglyphs, this journey takes you into the 1,000 foot deep Lower Gray Canyon along the Green River. From East Main Street in Green River, head north on Hastings Road towards the Book Cliffs. Stop at 2.4 miles to see where the Spanish Trail once crossed the river. This was the only place to safely cross the mighty Green River for hundreds of miles. At mile 9.5 you are at Swasey’s Beach, the perfect spot to spend a warm afternoon swimming and picnicking. Please beware of the river’s strong current. After the beach, the road turns to dirt and can be treacherous at some points as you pass swift rapids. Stop at mile 12 to explore the Stone House which many say is haunted. At mile 17.8, look to your right to see incredible petroglyphs located on a low rock ledge. The panel features depictions of big horn sheep, elk, and snakes. At your final destination (18 miles), look towards the south to see the famous Nefertiti formation. From here, you may hike, ride on horseback, or bike further into the canyon. Once finished, return to the town of Green River the way you came.
For more information contact:
John Wesley Powell River History Museum 435-564-3427
Green River Chamber of Commerce 435-564-3490
More detailed tips on this day trip coming soon!