Northwest Corner Expedition Snowville - Grouse Creek - Golden Spike - Corinne

Park Valley, Utah

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This is a long excursion into the desert and grasslands of Utah’s neglected northwest corner. While God may not necessarily have forsaken this corner of Utah, Man certainly has. Apart from a handful of isolated ranch communities, the entire northwest corner of the state, from the Great Salt Lake to the Idaho and Nevada borders, is a vast, empty quarter. For about forty years, from 1869 until just after the turn of the century, the main track of the transcontinental rail line passed through this remote desert grassland. In a peculiar way, the lifeline of the railroad, with as many as ten trains per day and several important rail-towns, meant this empty land was more populous, more lively, and much less lonely one hundred years ago than it is today. Today only the landscape remains, along with a few relics of yet another abandoned project. The two regional attractions for the modern traveler focus on these key elements of railroad history and wide-open spaces. Special attractions include: Great Basin views, remote ranching communities, old Central Pacific rail line, Golden Spike National Historic Site, rocket display at Thiokol, and old Corinne.
Scenic Driving Utah

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Scenic Driving Utah

by Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras (Falcon Guides)

This is a long excursion into the desert and grasslands of Utah’s neglected northwest corner. While God may not necessarily have forsaken this corner of Utah, Man certainly has. Apart from a handful of isolated ranch communities, the entire northwest corner of the state, from the Great Salt Lake to the Idaho and Nevada borders, is a vast, empty quarter. For about forty years, from 1869 until just after the turn of the century, the main track of the transcontinental rail line passed through this remote desert grassland.

In a peculiar way, the lifeline of the railroad, with as many as ten trains per day and several important rail-towns, meant this empty land was more populous, more lively, and much less lonely one hundred years ago than it is today. Today only the landscape remains, along with a few relics of yet another abandoned project. The two regional attractions for the modern traveler focus on these key elements of railroad history and wide-open spaces. Special attractions include: Great Basin views, remote ranching communities, old Central Pacific rail line, Golden Spike National Historic Site, rocket display at Thiokol, and old Corinne.

©  Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Park Valley
Distance: 210
Season: Year-round, although drifting winter snow can be a problem
Driving Directions: Directions to Northwest Corner Expedition: Snowville - Grouse Creek - Golden Spike - Corinne

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6/5/2009
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A great drive in the spring. Wildflowers were out in force and everything is green this time of year. Caution: THERE IS NO LONGER A GAS STATION IN GROUSE CREEK. A sign on the door of the station indicated it closed at the end of 2008.



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