Grafton Ghost Town

Rockville, Utah

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The first settlers to arrive in the Rockville area in 1860 called the settlement Adventure, and an excellent jumping-off place for fat-tire adventures it is. This, the first of five featured rides in the Springdale-Rockville-Virgin vicinity, is very tame, but it offers a good introduction to the area. The 7-mile out-and-back (3.5 miles each way) visits the ghost town of Grafton, noteworthy as the filming site for part of the hit 1968 flick Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The entire short outing, which follows pavement and good gravel, is steeped in history. The Rockville Bridge crossed early on was built by the National Park Service in the early 1920s as a crucial link in the chain of roads connecting Zion National Park and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Grafton, settled in the 1860s, once was quite the busy little settlement, but repeated attacks by flooding waters of the Virgin River ultimately convinced the remaining populace to move on in the 1920s. During the three decades following the filming of Butch Cassidy, the buildings remaining at the site really went downhill; more recently, however, effort has been going into stabilizing and renovating them. General location: Immediately southwest of Zion National Park.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

The first settlers to arrive in the Rockville area in 1860 called the settlement Adventure, and an excellent jumping-off place for fat-tire adventures it is. This, the first of five featured rides in the Springdale-Rockville-Virgin vicinity, is very tame, but it offers a good introduction to the area. The 7-mile out-and-back (3.5 miles each way) visits the ghost town of Grafton, noteworthy as the filming site for part of the hit 1968 flick Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The entire short outing, which follows pavement and good gravel, is steeped in history.

The Rockville Bridge crossed early on was built by the National Park Service in the early 1920s as a crucial link in the chain of roads connecting Zion National Park and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Grafton, settled in the 1860s, once was quite the busy little settlement, but repeated attacks by flooding waters of the Virgin River ultimately convinced the remaining populace to move on in the 1920s. During the three decades following the filming of Butch Cassidy, the buildings remaining at the site really went downhill; more recently, however, effort has been going into stabilizing and renovating them. General location: Immediately southwest of Zion National Park.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Rockville
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: March through May; September through November
Local Contacts: Interagency Visitor Center, 435-688-3246
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, page 17
Driving Directions: Directions to Grafton Ghost Town

Recent Trail Reviews

7/17/2007
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Review by bill, Teresa and Jackson Kettler Not alot of the town left although the buildings that areleft have been restored in perfect condition. Great lesson in history



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