Ophir Historic District | 12 Utah Staycations

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Ophir Historic District | 12 Utah Staycations

While planning our RV Trip, I called up my friend Chamaine from Wandering Families to see what cool things to visit. She gave me plenty of places to visit and Ophir Ghost Town is one of them! 

Ophir was a mining town that was founded in 1870 when silver was found. As soon as that silver dried up, everyone left.

There are a few souls who still live there and I don't blame them. Ophir is LOVELY. 

There are a few free things to see. You can tell the locals take serious pride in their town. There are mining decorations and lots of historical things to gander at. 

The kids loved seeing the spooky things at this mine. 

Speaking of history, a Telephone BOOTH?! My kids couldn't believe it. 

Ophir is not large at all. We parked the RVs and went walking up and down the street.  

There is a walking tour that we did. It was about a 15-minute tour. The doors weren't open, but you could still peek inside to see the historical buildings. 

Many of the buildings are historical that have been moved here. I was super impressed with the presentation. It was extremely clean and there were even nice sidewalks surrounding the buildings. 

This about the point where I realized I was missing a child. My husband had run back to the RV to make a potty run with the kids. Suddenly, I realized I didn't know where my 2-year old was. I ran all around and quickly found her. 

She was RUNNING DOWN THE middle of the street! Luckily, two little girls saw her and were following her, but seriously, how could I LOSE MY child in the smallest town ever?! Parent Fail.

In the town of Ophir, there is actually a loop on Miners Street that goes back into town a bit more. I'll put a map below. We chatted with a guy who grew up in Ophir and he told us it was a must. 

There were even more historical buildings and even a mine with a super cool door. (It was on private property.)

I couldn't believe how charming this little ghost town was. There were a few locals out cleaning up leaves too. All the signs were hung with care and nothing seemed out of place. 

If you are nearby, be sure to stop in the Ghost Town of Ophir! 

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Visitor Info

Hours: 
Ophir Historical Park is open for self guided tours, weather permitting. To schedule a tour of the Ophir Historical Park, please contact the Tooele School District at 435-833-1900.
Entrance Fee(s): 
Free
Helpful Tips: 
  • There were new bathrooms, but they weren't open. 
  • ADA Friendly. There is a steeper hill, but the sidewalk is nice and smooth.
  • You'll need to call ahead to try and schedule a tour. 

Phone: 
(435) 882-3071 (435) 882-2156
Ophir Historic District
52 Main Street, UT
Ophir, UT 84071

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