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Paiute ATV Trail – Bullion Canyon and Bullion Falls
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Overview
Location

Marysvale, Utah

Sights

Mine building and artifacts, Bullion Falls, Fall Colors

Distance

20 Miles out and back

Parking Lot Elevation

5948

Summit Elevation

8045

Elevation Gain/Loss

2097

Time Required

1-4 Hours

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

Mostly well graded dirt road. Short trail to Bullion Falls is a fairly easy ATV two track.

Restrooms

Yes

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Nearby

Food

In Marysvale

GPS Coordinates:

Bullion Canyon Entrance:38.44889N, 112.24052W
Bullion Falls Trail:38.41397N, 112.32750W

Driving Directions



The Trail:

Bullion Canyon is a really cool and pretty little canyon. There are lots of mine building and artifacts to be seen as well as the beautiful Bullion Falls. The canyon starts right in town. It is part of the Paiute ATV trail but is open to all vehicles. With care you could get most any passenger car to the miners parks. But to get to the falls in a car or even truck it is a longer hike. With an ATV there is a trail that takes you closer to the falls making it an easier hike. The road follows a creek and is really pretty in the lower sections.

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You will very quickly start seeing mine artifacts. The whole canyon is filled with them. There are guidebooks available in town that explain the nine numbered stops to explain how it all worked and what you are looking at.

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You will soon see the signed trail head for Bullion Falls. On the other side of the road is the turn for Cottonwood Canyon. If you can handle the short walk this is definitely the best part of the canyon. If you have an ATV you can ride further up the trail to the ATV parking area.

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If not you can hike the trail. It is roughly a half mile from the ATV lot. It can be quite steep especially if you go to the base. Without an ATV you can plan on another mile or so of hiking. The trail to the overlook for the falls is fairly easy and gives you a great view. The falls are said to be 75 feet by the forest service but I would guess they are closer to 60. These photos were taken the very end of September so in spring they would be even more impressive.

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You can continue to the base of the falls but this way can be dangerous. It just goes straight down an eroded and very steep wash. The base is gorgeous though. There is a very nice pool that would be great to cool off in during the summer. There is also a route to the top of the falls but be very careful while up there.

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Below the falls is a very scenic slot canyon.

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Hike back out to your ATV or car. Once back on the main road continue up the canyon to see the coolest mine relics. There are lots here so keep your eyes open. There are two old mill facilities. I have been when there are no trespassing signs, and other times there aren’t. Be sure to always obey these and never enter the mill since it is in SEVERE disrepair.

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After the mills you will come to the miners park.

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This is a cool area where they have taken artifacts from the surrounding mines to make it into an outdoor museum. There are many numbered displays with a brochure to tell you all about it. Here are some of the things you can expect to see.

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The miners park is the end of the road for cars, but if you are on ATV you can explore a few more trails above the park that show you some more mine tunnels and beautiful views of the mountains. There are no open mines here so don’t get your hopes up if that is your thing.

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The Return:

This is an out and back canyon unless you want to make a very long loop out of it by going up cottonwood canyon where you would be popped back out on the highway near Marysvale. If you have the time this is an area that is absolutely gorgeous. We have a trek to come later covering this canyon. We combined this canyon with a Trek over the Tushars and it made for a perfect beautiful day.

Personal Thoughts:

This is a great way to spend a couple hours learning about the gold mining history and seeing a pretty waterfall. This would make a great stop for any ATV trip to the Paiute Trail, or if you are just passing through and want to relax for a while.

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Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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[…] and ended back in Marysvale. The turn off of Bullion Canyon is right next to the turn off for Bullion Falls. It is very easy to mix this ride with a visit to the falls and the miners park. From Bullion […]

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