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Browns Park

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Published 01/19/2016

Fodor's 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. In late May, the Jarvie Festival celebrates this past with mountain men, wagon rides, pioneer demonstrations, rope- and leather-making, and live music. A similar festival takes place the last Saturday of October. Reach the park and ranch by driving 65 miles north of Vernal on U.S. 191, then 22 miles east on a gravel road, following signs to the ranch.

Sight Information

Address:

Browns Park Rd., Browns Park, Utah, 84078, United States

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Phone:

435-885–3307-John Jarvie Ranch

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Memorial Day–Labor Day, daily 10–4:30; day after Labor Day–day before Memorial Day, Wed.–Sat. 10–4:30

Published 01/19/2016

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