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Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Ophir is a sweet little town.  It used to be a near ghost town, but has had a recent rediscovery and is coming back to life.  There are numerous ruins, relics, and old mining traces in the canyon.  The overwhelming majority are privately owned. 
Word on the street is the owners aren't too keen on people poking around their property without permission, so if you do go up and intend to look around, ask first! 

We saw several caved in cabins back in the brush. 

Downtown Ophir has a small museum & visitor parking area.  It was fun to look at the old buildings.  It actually reminded us of the "Million Dollar Highway" area of Colorado. 

We noticed some pretty cool hexagonal crystals in a few small rocks in the visitor area.  I couldn't resist taking a close-up. 
Apparently some areas are open to rockhounding, if you recieve permission beforehand.  We found a ragged sign with contact information for the area on the north side of Main Street.  It would be fun to come back and spend more time.  Our visit was spur of the moment, so we didn't know everything to see & do, but we definitely want to come back and spend more time at this outdoor museum.

Nearest City: Ophir, UT
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