Utah Eccentric: 5 Quirky Roadtrips For Labor Day Weekend

Utah Eccentric: 5 Quirky Roadtrips For Labor Day Weekend

“Oh, crap.  It’s Labor Day Weekend?”

Angry, frustrated young woman, customer

Yes, you can see by the cold glare of your offspring or the seething resentment of your significant other that you’ve forgotton the promising 3 day holiday weekend ahead.  How to take advantage of this last minute opportunity when you’re (likely) broke and short on planning time?  Pleasingly, there’s a big fat bunch of options for a short roadtrip along the Wasatch Front.  If you’re looking for something a little quirky, maybe off the beaten path, you’re in the right place, honey.

 

Utah Eccentric: 5 Quirky Roadtrips For Labor Day Weekend

antelop island

1. Travel To A Desert Island: Antelope Island is the largest in the little chain dotting the Great Salt Lake.  Step foot onto the island and you’re sent back to frontier life with roaming buffalo, wagon rides, clouds of hummingbirds and primitive camping.  Floating in the pugent, briney brew of the Great Salt Lake is best from there–just be sure to get all those brine shrimp washed off in the campground showers.

 

Beaver Creek Nudist Ranch[4]

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2. Beaver Creek Nudist Ranch: mostly entertaining for what it isn’t–a nudist colony.  A group of Samak mischief-makers put up the sign years back to trick the unsuspecting into thinking they’re going to see some naked bits racing alongside the road up the Mirror Lake Highway past Kamas.  After laughing at your overly hopeful friends, stop by the Samak Smoke House for some incredible smoked trout and salmon and camp in one of the well-kept and surprisingly un-crowded campgrounds.

 

Old Mine Shaft Entrance

3. Lark, Utah–Extra Creepy Ghost Town: Lark, Utah used to be a bustling lead and copper mining town.  After a tragic explosion in the lead mine in 1950, 5 miners were lost and their spirits were reported wandering helplessly by the mine’s entrance.  Lark started fading and was eventually shut down by the Kennecott Copper Mine’s executives in the early 1970’s.  About 4 miles west of Herriman in the Oquirrh Mountains, it’s a fascinating and creepy destination. But I’d be out of there by nightfall…

 

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4. The Antelope Springs “Footprint” Mystery: Millard County is a bonanza for even the newbie rockhound, thousands of trilobites to ferret out and marvel at the Awesome of your very own fossil collection.  Then grab a beer in Delta and start the endless argument over the authenticity of the Antelope Springs Footprint: a fossil found by William Meister in the 60’s that looks like the imprint of a shoe.  Gasp!  Aliens?  King Arthur?  Who knows?  Easy camping and inexpensive hotels for overnighters.

 

bearlakemonster

5. Buddying Up To The Bear Lake Monster: Having worked a summer at Bear Lake 60 miles north of Logan, I am adamant that the Bear Lake Monster exists.  He’s described as half carp/half eel in appearance, and I swear I heard his roar echo over the waters at least twice that summer.  While you’re searching for the elusive serpent, be sure to stop by Raspberry Days and grab a gigantic raspberry shake from the Hometown Drive-in in Garden City.  There’s campsites on the beach and inexpensive rentals all around the lake and in nearby Logan Canyon.

 

Find more fascinating and entertaining Utah adventures at EnjoyUtah.org.

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