Few People Know About This Utah Natural Wonder Hidden In The Desert
Paul Bunyan is a folklore character that dates back to the 1800s. Legend says that Bunyan is a giant lumberjack known for his strength and speed at cutting down trees (as well as his blue ox named Babe!). While individuals of all ages have likely heard Bunyan’s name, many don’t know that there is a natural feature in the central Utah desert that is a reminder of this legendary character. Today’s adventure takes us to Paul Bunyan’s Woodpile.
South of Eureka and on a dirt road, you will find the trailhead to reach Paul Bunyan’s Woodpile. This trail will take you to one of the lesser-known natural wonders in Utah and one that is extremely unique.
Be aware that the road to the trailhead is dirt — not gravel. This road can become quite muddy and difficult to travel on after a storm.
The trail is approximately one mile each way and quite easy. In the spring months, you may even view colorful wildflowers in bloom as you hike.
The trail itself isn’t anything glamorous as you will walk through Utah’s desert landscape. Late spring into summer is one of the best times to tackle this hike as the trail can become quite muddy during early spring.
You will know you reached your destination when you see what looks like a pile of logs sitting in the middle of nowhere.
Many people like to say that this is one of Paul Bunyan’s massive woodpiles. However, it is actually a cluster of ancient lava that has rolled up and cooled into log-like shapes. It is believed the lava is more than 30 million years old.
The lava formed unique columns that are approximately 1 foot in diameter. The length of each column varies but some are as long as 15 feet.
The columns are almost perfectly stacked — like Paul Bunyan actually cut the logs himself.
Spend some time walking all around the lava flow, then continue on the trail. Along your way, you will find a unique arch that is approximately 20 feet long. Plus, the views in this area are well worth the extra effort.
Whether you come to see this natural feature or you just want to spend some time outdoors, Paul Bunyan’s Woodpile is someplace unique. You won’t want to miss it.
For directions to this remote trailhead, visit the
Juab County website.
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