Starr Springs Campground

Lake Powell, Utah

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With dollar signs in his eyes, a hopeful Al Starr came to the southern tip of the Henry Mountains in the 1880s in search of mining fortunes. Instead, Starr was met with a cruel reminder of how unforgiving the untamed west can be. His mine never produced any ore, and he was forced to close down the operation when drought and locoweed (a toxic plant that wreaks havoc on an animal’s nervous system) killed most of his horses. Today conditions are much more hospitable at Starr Springs, although there are still reminders, besides the campground’s name, of Starr’s misfortune. Just before arriving at camp, you’ll see the remnants of a small structure on the left-hand side of the road. A sign there recounts this woeful tale of a once-hopeful miner. The structure was to be the base of his operations, though Starr was defeated by the desert before his buildings could be completed.
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With dollar signs in his eyes, a hopeful Al Starr came to the southern tip of the Henry Mountains in the 1880s in search of mining fortunes. Instead, Starr was met with a cruel reminder of how unforgiving the untamed west can be. His mine never produced any ore, and he was forced to close down the operation when drought and locoweed (a toxic plant that wreaks havoc on an animal’s nervous system) killed most of his horses.

Today conditions are much more hospitable at Starr Springs, although there are still reminders, besides the campground’s name, of Starr’s misfortune. Just before arriving at camp, you’ll see the remnants of a small structure on the left-hand side of the road. A sign there recounts this woeful tale of a once-hopeful miner. The structure was to be the base of his operations, though Starr was defeated by the desert before his buildings could be completed.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Lake Powell
Campsites: 12
Season: April–November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 435-542-3461, blm.gov/utah
Fees per Night: $4/night
Facilities: Vault toilets, water
Driving Directions: Directions to Starr Springs Campground

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