Utah March 12, 2017
This Road Trip Takes You To Some Of Utah’s Most Under-Appreciated Towns
It’s time to hit the road and have some fun, Utahns! Today’s road trip will take you in a loop from Spanish Fork, along State Route 89, where you’ll visit several of Utah’s most under-appreciated small towns. Along the way, you’ll see a ghost town, a state park, a national forest and a historic fort.
If you plan this trip for the weekend of March 25th, you can even catch the Color Festival in Spanish Fork. What are you waiting for? Let’s go!
This road trip covers 285 miles.
Start in Spanish Fork, right off I-15, south of Provo.
With nearly 37,000 people, Spanish Fork isn't a small town by any means, but it's a great jumping-off point for our road trip. Spanish Fork is a pretty little city, snuggled right up to the Wasatch Mountains.
While you're here, check out the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
The temple is located at 311 West 8500 South. If you're visiting the weekend of March 25th, make plans to participate in the color festival! For more details,
See one of Utah's most heartbreaking ghost towns.
Thistle was flooded in April, 1983, after a huge landslide created a dam across the Spanish Fork River. Luckily, the small town was evacuated before anyone was hurt, but residents were unable to ever return. Today, several homes remain - submerged in stagnant water.
Fall in love with Fairview.
Fairview only has around 1,300 residents, so it certainly feels like a small town. The Demolition Derby, held every year during the Pioneer Days festivities, is a really big deal here - you'll want to see this!
Get acquainted with Mount Pleasant.
Mount Pleasant's Main Street is full of 19th-century buildings, and it's rural farmland is so charming that you'll be considering the farmer's life by the time you leave.
Explore Spring City.
Spring City was settled in 1852 and is a rural, farming community. In recent years, the town has drawn several artists who live and work in the area. In 2010, Forbes Magazine named it one of the "Prettiest Towns in America."
Wander through Ephraim and visit Snow College.
Ephraim is the home of Snow College and also features many historic buildings and businesses.
Take a walking tour through Manti.
Manti is a small town with tons of history. Take the
to see dozens of historic homes and businesses, along with the Manti Tabernacle and LDS Temple.
Stop at Palisades State Park for a round of golf, hike or paddle on the lake.
This little state park is the perfect place to spend a few hours! Golf at the 18-hole, 72 par course, or go hiking or fishing.
Say hello to the little town of Gunnison
Gunnison has around 3,000 residents, and it's a quiet, quaint little town.
Salina is a small town with about 2,500 people.
You'll definitely want to grab a meal at Mom's Cafe while you're here - the food is delicious, and the little cafe is like taking a step back in time.
The charming town of Richfield has plenty to see and do.
With around 8,000 residents, Richfield is a hub city for the surrounding towns. It's the place to go for shopping, movies, bowling and outdoor recreation. The Little Wonder Cafe is a popular spot for a tasty meal - it's got that small town charm.
From Richfield, I-70 cuts through the Fishlake National Forest. Stop at the Fremont Indian State Park and Museum for a visit.
This park and museum are located on the site where the largest ever Fremont village was excavated. The park features pictographs and petroglyphs; the museum houses pottery, baskets arrowheads and other artifacts. The museum is located at 3820 W Clear Creek Canyon Road in Sevier. It's open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Visit Cove Fort and step back in time.
This historic little fort was established in 1867. Constructed of volcanic rock and limestone, it's weathered the years and is still standing. You can tour the little fort with a docent and see the individual rooms inside, which are furnished with time-period appropriate antiques.
Make a quick stop at Utah's first capital city.
Fillmore was once slated to be the capital city. Now it's a charming little town with just 2,500 residents. Visit the museum at the Fillmore Territorial Statehouse, located at 50 W. Capitol Avenue.
The rural little town of Nephi is the last stop before you return to Spanish Fork.
Around 5,000 people call Nephi home. It's definitely got that small-town feel, and is surrounded by some beautiful rural farms. You'll have a great view of Mount Nebo from town.
What are some more attractions that our readers can check out along this road trip? If you have any suggestions, put them in our comments sections for others to see.
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