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Hawks2theSuperBowl
Seattle, WA238 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
I‘m a huge US history buff and LOVE ghost towns, so I was very excited to visit Grafton. Note that much of the property surrounding the church and house are off limits, but that you’re able to peek inside the church and can walk inside one of the houses. There’s a sign out front that makes this very unclear, though after checking online, I found that they allow touring of these two buildings.

When we stopped by, there was literally NO ONE else around which was great, though my wife was kind of spooked and opted to stay in the car while I looked around on my own. To be honest, there’s not a whole lot to see, though just being able to walk around an historic ghost town with no crowds was a great experience nonetheless.

There is also a town cemetery with old tombstones from the former inhabitants of Grafton. It’s a short distance from the town, and is right off the main road that you drive down to get to Grafton.

Side note: this is a short drive from Zion National Park. The road to Grafton is an unpaved gravel road which kicks up a LOT of dirt and dust, so we made sure to be mindful and respectful of the people whose property we were passing on the way to Grafton.
Written March 18, 2020
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Kasey J
Vine Grove, KY89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Awesome Ghost Town! It was self guided and no one else was there. It had information, and restored buildings available for you to explore. Bring water in the summer time, as it gets very hot and although there is some shade, it is still very hot and can dehydrate you. Also, be sure to follow the road all the way to the ghost town, you will see farms, or other properties on the way. The road is not paved.
Written July 14, 2021
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Kaye N
Provo, UT2,159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Grafton is where some the bicycle scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was filmed. It is near Rockville, Utah and is interesting to wander through. It's not big - there are just a few buildings but there are information signs near the old church. You can make a donation near the church too. Use GPS to get there. Respect the signs on places you shouldn't enter. Not all buildings welcome visitors.
Written October 26, 2020
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SnooksintheDesert
Phoenix, AZ574 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Honest to goodness "Ghost Town" in lovely part of Utah. Worth a stop & not crowded. Easy walking & good place to grab a picnic. Cell coverage. ingesting history. Old cemetery & well preserved . Recommended
Written July 6, 2020
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Hi-It’s-Me
Boston, MA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Authentic. Educational. Lonely. And just a little bit spooky. This ghost town was the perfect afternoon diversion after a long morning hike in Zion. The site was well presented with a handful of buildings that (for the most part) you can fully explore inside and out. The ride to the site is half the fun as you get to leave the crowds from Springdale and Zion behind for just a little bit. It felt like were driving through unexplored territory despite being just a few minutes off the main route.
Written September 5, 2021
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Arthe
Kailua87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011
Grafton is a ghost town just down the road from Springdale.

We first missed the road as the sign is only visible going to Springdale. The road crosses the river on a small one lane bridge. It becomes a dirt road, but easily traveled by a regular car. At some point, you drive in front of security cameras, even infrared ones. This shouldn't discourage you. After maybe 10 minutes, you arrive at the old cemetery. It is well maintained and one can get nice pictures if into that kind of thing.

Then, we followed the right fork of the road. There is a big hole in it, but not so big that you can not drive a regular car. Following a small cliff on the left hand side, the road reaches Grafton. There are wooden houses on the left, and, just before a left turn of the road, church, a brick house an an older wooden house are behind a gate with a lock but the lock isn't closed. There are interesting signs explaining the history of Grafton and the life of settlers. You can look inside the church and the brick house and visit the wooden house. You can see the marks in the beams from the tools used to cut the wood. You can also visit the most recent wooden house on the left, even go in the basement, sit on one of the porches and imagine what life must had been back then. You can not come close to the first old house. And don't bother driving in the mud to the last small wooden structure after the road turns left, it is fenced.
If it rains or the road is muddy, it might not be such a good idea to visit without a four wheels drive.
Written October 21, 2011
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Robert N
Zion National Park, UT1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Very disappointed, there were absolutely no ghosts in this town. The reviews we're extremely misleading, I fully expected to see ghosts.. Where were the ghosts
Written August 3, 2014
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Sally Thoe Downs
Albuquerque, NM5,392 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Having visited Smithsonian Butte last Sunday, my hubby and I decided to check out Grafton Ghost Town after hearing it from a friend. In Rockville drive on UT 9, turn right onto Bridge Rd, take a right again at the intersection, then follow the signs to the Grafton ghost town. The first stop you make is at the cemetery. It's really an interesting place to visit. Read the information on the interpretive marker and see the dates of many of the residents who are buried here and the cause of their deaths. The one that hit us was the two young girls who died when riding a swing together when the swing broke. The girls are buried together.

There is a fork in the road at the cemetery. Keep to the right the way you came in and you will see the town site in a short time. Feel free to walk around. Some of the buildings have been rebuilt. The church has had some reconstruction work. On the north side, there is a set of steps that goes up to a window so you can get a look inside. Across the street is an original house with its low ceilings and this one is open to explore.

There is an interpretive sign that actually tells some of the stories of the people who lived in this place and connect you with the history of these settlers from the early 1800s. It will made a great field trip for the kids and adults too.
Written August 19, 2018
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Gypsyrover51
Springfield, MO63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
We happened to be watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid before our trip to Utah and learned that some of the movie (bicycle scene in particular) was filmed here. Grafton is definitely off the beaten path. The atmosphere is authentic and the free Historic Grafton brochure in the metal box is most helpful. Some of our favorite photos were taken here and they will always remind us of the beautiful morning we visited. The Grafton Cemetery was also fascinating, and we saw only one or two cars in the area, in contrast to the congestion and crowds we encountered at Zion. Sincerest thanks to the Grafton Heritage Partnership Project for preserving this area. A donation is en route!
Written October 13, 2017
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Caga3124
Leesburg, FL409 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
Once you get into Rockville, driving on highway 9, begin looking for a small sign telling you where to turn. You will turn south. If you get through town, turn around and look again. I THINK it is across from a produce stand. Drive across the old and historical bridge and follow the road to the right. It will become unpaved soon, but is all right for cars if you watch where you are driving and weather is dry. First stop, on left, is a small cemetery with interesting headstones. A little farther is the "town" which was used in the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Park and wander.You can go into some buildings as some of them are being restored by a local group. It was worth the short drive off the highway on our way to Springdale.
Written December 12, 2016
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