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Browns Park Review

If you hanker for a glimpse of the Wild West, head to Browns Park. Lying along a quieter stretch of the Green River and extending into Colorado, this area features plenty of high-desert scenery, a national waterfowl refuge, and a history complete with notorious outlaws of the late 1800s. Inside the park you can explore several buildings on the John Jarvie Ranch. Buildings date from 1880 to the early 1900s, and there's also a cemetery containing the graves of a few men who met violent ends nearby. In addition to his ranch, Jarvie ran a post office, store, and river ferry, and his spread was a major hideout on the so-called Outlaw Trail. Each June (usually Father's Day weekend) the Jarvie Festival celebrates this past with mountain men, wagon rides, pioneer demonstrations, and live music. Reach the park and ranch by driving 65 mi north of Vernal on U.S. 191, then 22 mi east on a gravel road, following signs to the ranch.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Browns Park, UT 84078
  • Phone: 435/885–3307 John Jarvie Ranch
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: May–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–Apr., Tues.–Sun. 10–5
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  • Location: Vernal

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