August 17, 2014
This little-used paved road is U.S. 6 and parallels the interstate. At Thompson Springs, turn left where U.S. 6 ends.
The trail begins about 4 miles after the left turn. It's an easy trail when dry, impassable when wet.
Sego, unlike most ghost towns in Utah, has a history of coal mining. A rancher named Harry Ballard (he lived in Thompson Springs) made the discovery in the early 1800s. He bought up all the land surrounding his find and began mining on a small scale. In 1911, he sold his mine to a group of investors who built a store, a boarding house, and other buildings. In 1947, the mine was closed.
The first rock panel we saw was unlike any I have ever seen. It was from the Fremont people who lived throughout Utah and adjacent areas from 700 to 1300 AD.
According to the plaque above, these red painted figures are the oldest of the Fremont people in this area.
More recent Fremont period carvings are under the painted figures on the same panel.
Nearby is another rock panel left by the Archaic people. From what I read, the Barrier Canyon style rock art is somewhere between 1500 and 4000 years old.
|It's so hard to believe that someone would vandalize these panels.|
We also could see a panel across the road...
Ber and his wife Charlotte were our trail leaders. This was a first time trail for everyone else who went.
After the Sego Ghost Town, the trail traverses a ledge road with switchbacks...a climb of 5000 feet to reach the end of the trail with a locked gate.
Another week-end already. My how time flies! Until next time, stay safe and...