While out on a day trip/drive, we stumbled across Ophir while exploring Highway 73.
Ophir is a former mining town. It appeared to be a semi-ghost town, with some abandoned structures, but its tiny main street also sports new-looking, clearly-inhabited houses. I also got the feeling that someone is trying to make Ophir a tourist destination. An outdoor pavilion has nice, new wooden picnic table with wagon wheels on each end. Old miners' cabins are being renovated. And I saw one sign that said tours are available on Saturdays. I would love to go back on a weekend to check that out.
Overall, I was very impressed with Ophir. It has lots of great little features just waiting to be discovered.
|Mining remains along the road into town|
There are many places to see mining remains in Utah, but I have never seen such complete, easily accessed remains.
|Just before the Welcome sign|
And instead of leaving all the remains scattered about, the good people of Ophir have put together small scenes like the above. Very fun!
|This is right off the side of the road. We had a great time climbing on and around these mine cars.|
|Random exterior shelves featuring carved animals...and a haunted mine??|
|Numbers in a strange order and tools for hands. Delightfully quirky :)|
|This felt like the set of a Western.|
|I especially like the boots. :)|
If you're looking to discover some of hidden Utah, Ophir is a great place to start. The town has a delightful personality with lots of great little quirks. Definitely a good place to go spend a couple hours.