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There's a lot to see in Cabon County! Spend a couple of hours in Helper, visit Price, and adventure in the San Rafael Swell.
Helper is an old mining town that has since turned into a very hip, artsy, historic town. Don't just drive by, take it slow. Park on Main Street by Big John and take a stroll. The murals, neon lighting, and restaurants are worth stopping to see. Take a short detour to the Helper Riverwalk too and walk across a suspension bridge and climb the enormous flight of stairs on the other side.
If you still have some energy, head out to Gordon Creek Falls for an awesome hike and a huge waterfall.
Camping is available in the nearby Price Canyon Recreation Area, or stay at the motel or RV park in town.
The Helper Riverwalk is an easy path that meanders through the town. Along the path there's a must-see suspension bridge that crosses the river.
Big John stands outside the Helper Library. Put in as a tourist attraction, he represents the mining history of the town.
Helper Main Street
Helper's historic Main Street is a blast from the past. Though many of the buildings are quite old, they've been kept up beautifully.
Gordon Creek Falls
Gordon Creek Falls is a family-friendly hike. You're hiking on an ATV/OHV road. There are a few hills that can be tough but doable for all ages. No Shade.
Price has a great historic downtown. Take a drive and check out some of the shops and amazing signage. If you want some classic drive-in food, stop by Sherald's as you make your way through town.
If it's hot outside, the Desert Wave Pool in Price is always worth a stop. It's one of the few wave pools in the state.
When you're ready for some outdoor adventure, head on down to Buckhorn Wash Road in the San Rafael Swell. Plan on a full day in the sun. Pack your snacks, water, and meals. The Buckhorn Wash is just the beginning of the Swell. Bring your camera, you won't believe your eyes. There are some amazing things to see within a few miles of each other - The Morrison Knudsen Tunnels, Ruin Arch, a dinosaur footprint, and some amazing petroglyphs.
All of these places are easily accessible except the arch. The arch can be viewed from the valley floor, but if you want to climb up to it you'll need to be prepared for a scramble up a steep trail. Most grade-school aged kids should be able to make the climb as long as they aren't afraid of heights. :)
There are hundreds of great camping spots in the Swell. If you want to stay the night there, just pull up inside rock alcove or next to a cliff face, and set up camp for the night. If you'd rather not rough it, head back to Price where there are plenty of great places to stay.
Who doesn't love driving dragging old main streets? Price has some cool architectural, albeit small.
Price's Desert Wave Pool
Need to cool of in Price? The Desert Wave is one of the few wave pool in Utah, and it's worth a visit.
Morrison Knudsen Tunnels
No one really knows why the tunnels were created, but they make for a sweet short adventure.
Ruin Arch is located south of Price, Utah in the San Rafael Swell. You can view the arch from below or do the .6 mile moderate hike up the rock wall.
Buckhorn Wash Dinosaur Footprint
Up a small rise just next to the road, you can see a very distinct dinosaur footprint in the sandstone. The track was made by a theropod or carnivorous dinosaur.