Devils Playground and Dodge Truck Mines
Near Park Valley, and Grouse Creek Utah
Cool rock formations, amazing panoramic views, mines, mining relics
At least a day with the commute involved
Pack your own. Little to none on hand.
Mostly full sun exposure so come prepared
High Clearance necessaryy but unless there is mud 4x4 isn't necessary.
Nearest food with any real options is going to be Tremonton, Utah, or Wells, Nevada
Devils Playground Turnoff:41.48713 N, 113.62299 W
There really is no set trail here. There are tons of trails and its kind of an explore and choose your own adventure type area.
The turnoff is on Highway 30 which can be reached from Wells Nevada, or Snowville Utah
I did this as one trek because Devils Playground was our main purpose for being here but the mines and relics are very close and ended up being a really cool little side trip I would recommend. The area is an old mining town. There were six or seven mines here and still lots of old equipment, and an old cabin intact to see. As far as actual mines there are several open vertical pits. Keep your distance as these are dangerous. There are a few non vertical that we went inside. They are all collapsed after a few hundred feet. They are in severe disrepair and I would not recommend going inside. They are fun to see from a distance. The mines and area are not named on my map so I called them the Dodge truck mines because of a really cool old Dodge truck by the mines.
The mines are located at:
There was also an old compressor truck. The cab and engine had been removed but the compressor itself was intact and cool to see.
There was an old miners cabin that is still in really decent shape.
Here are some pictures of the mines themselves.
From the mines there are views of some really cool western mountain ranges. The Grouse Creek Mountains.
The Hogup Mountains.
The Newfoundland Mountains. We have a couple of different trek reports about mines in this range. The rock outcrop on the right is part of Devils Playground.
Although very far in the distance we could see the Wellsville Mountains, Willard Peak, Salt Lake, and Mount Timpaogos. That’s a huge swath of mountains that are in view. So the views alone were worth the trip for me.
Devils Playground is an awesome place that is really unique. Its like a mix of nearby City of Rocks, and Goblin Valley. While here we went four wheeling, off roading, and Hiking. There are tons of off road trails in the area. There are no set hiking trails but we hiked for a couple hours just climbing up, in, and around the different rock formations. We found lots of evidence of people shooting the rocks and clay pidgeons in the rocks. Please don’t do things as stupid as that. We wouldn’t want the BLM getting any closure ideas. You can shoot guns literally on the other side of the parking lot. It really surprises me how dumb people can be. This area was a lot of fun to hike around. There are so many cool and unique formations. If you are interested in Geology this would be a dream trip and signs of it are everywhere. It would be a great place to camp with a few different camping areas.
One of the cool geology features that are everywhere here and you will see in lots of my pictures is called a Xenolith. This means that previously existing rocks were surrounded by magma and the granite formed around them. As the granite wears downs these rocks become visible. Here are a couple extreme examples but you can see lots of them in all my pics.
Here are some of the cool formations we saw and just us enjoying the beautiful winter day.
The roads in the area have some really pretty views.
We were fortunate to also see a really beautiful sunset. The wide open desert always gives awesome sunsets.
As this is a choose your own adventure area make sure you bring a map because you can find several different ways to and out of the area.
This is a really unique place that is perfect for an overnighter or a great place to camp with the family or scouts. I know as a kid I would have been in heaven as there are endless rocks to climb. Its a fun place to visit and photograph and the cool mine history was icing on the cake. This is a great place to head in winter when the higher mountains are under snow.