14 Reasons to Staycation in Marysvale
14 Reasons to Staycation in Marysvale
I know, most of you haven’t heard of it before. I’ve ridden my bike through Marysvale…back in college. Anyways, Marysvale. Why did we go there? My sister recently got married and this new husband comes with 2 four wheelers (something that’s never appeared in our families before.) He really wanted to go to Marysvale for Labor Day Weekend. I tried my darndest to get him to go somewhere else, but he couldn’t be moved. But it’s okay, I totally fell in love with the town and residents. (I'll be breaking down many of these in a specific post later on.) Plus Fall Break is coming up...why not plan a stay?
Here are a few reasons.
The Drive Itself
When you turn at Scipio and head to Marysvale, it’s the loveliest drive. Right off of Highway 89 (So before I-15 came along, this is the road you took.) The scenery is all different. Lazy Meandering Rivers, Desert, Rock Formations all sorts of different colors compared to I-15. (Plus you’ll need to stop at Scipio’s Free Petting Zoo.)
Big Rock Candy Mountain.
They used to sell Rock Candy here, not the original anymore but they do have a pretty good array of candy…old school candy too. You may have heard this song from Oh Brother where art though? Or, your mom will probably know it. The song is all about the area.
2,200 miles of ATV Trails
Marysvale has a population of 450 people…but once April starts, you’ll find a constant stream of people hauling RVs, ATVs and all sorts of wheeled vehicles all the way until November 1st.
We don’t own an RV, but we did rent 3 cute single room cabins for 3 nights. I expected it to be loud and noisy all night, but it was dead silent, we were probably the loudest with our kids
We partnered up with Piute ATV Trails and rented the Yamaha Viking 6 seater. Perfect for a family and toddlers!
Located in the heart of Lizzie and Charlie's RV Park. He’s not always there, usually on holidays. But we bought a rack of ribs, beans, slaw for super cheap and it was falling off the bones good. Nothing was left after that.
Marysvale Historic Mining District Self-Guided Tour
Marysvale isn't very big, but it's kind of fun to wander around town and see what all the building used to be.
GeoSearch Rock Shop
Hmmm, I seem to be missing my photos, but you know how I love rocks! ROCKHOUNDING! My new favorite thing. The rock shop is located in their basement, you literally walk through their kitchen to the basement.
Hike/Drive to Bullion Canyon
You can drive an ATV or you can hike up to the falls entrance. There is a pretty steep short climb to get to the outlook and then a trail down to the falls. All family members made it to the falls, included a 57-year-old. We'll be writing up more about this soon.
Miners Park of Bullion Canyon: Canyon of Gold Driving Tour
Just South of the Bullion Canyon is a ghost town. It's a mining ghost town. It's a quick 1/2 mile or so of trail throughout historic pieces of mining equipment. Take a picnic!
Silver King Mine
Ghost Town Tour. Again you can drive right up to it. You'll find a nice little trail throughout the area. Plus a picnic area and bathrooms.
Don’t hate me, but I don’t expect much from tiny towns and their food. Tomatoe’s Pizza completely changed my mind and we went twice. It’s like firestone cooked pizza…the flavors are fresh and seriously so dang good. (No, they didn’t’ sponsor us, we just ALL loved it.)
Fishing the River
We didn't fish, we tried, but the wind was pretty crazy. Whenever we drove past this bridge there were always people out fishing. Plus check out that rope swing!
You know how sometimes you visit touristy places and no one is really very friendly? Well not here, everyone in Marysvale was sweet and super excited to meet ya.