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The Nielsen-Grist Mill

Wayne Country

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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The Nielsen-Grist Mill

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  • The Fremont River, which powered the giant Buhr Grindstone to make flour.- The Nielsen-Grist Mill
  • The Nielsen-Grist Mill is also known as the Thurber Rolling Mills.- The Nielsen-Grist Mill
  • The Nielsen-Grist Mill.- The Nielsen-Grist Mill
  • This area was called "Land of the Sleeping Rainbow" by the Native Americans.- The Nielsen-Grist Mill
  • Thousand Lake Mountain is its current name.- The Nielsen-Grist Mill
  • Regardless of the name, it's a beautiful part of the U.S.- The Nielsen-Grist Mill
  • The auxilary buildings.- The Nielsen-Grist Mill
  • The Nielsen-Grist Mill.- The Nielsen-Grist Mill
  • The Nielsen-Grist Mill.- The Nielsen-Grist Mill
  • The Nielsen-Grist Mill.- The Nielsen-Grist Mill
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Pros: 
Very well preserved. Very close to Capitol Reef.
Cons: 
Not much to do besides enjoy the beauty.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

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The Nielsen Grist Mill is a stunning example of pioneer craftsmanship that might be entirely overlooked were it not on a frequently used route. The next time you are headed to Capitol Reef National Park, however, it's well worth checking out because you don't need to take a detour to get there. The very well preserved mill was built in 1893, and Utah's dry, arid climate has worked well with the wood in its preservation. The roller mill was powered by the Fremont River, which runs directly nearby. The water was carried and pressurized through a long metal pipe, and the mill made flour for the surrounding people for 40 years with its massive Buhr Grindstone. Apparently a fire burned down the original mill, so this one was rebuilt a few years after the start of the 20th century and then refurbished in 1910. Surprisingly enough, it's in wonderful condition. A placard indicates that the cash register still works, but it is locked up inside. This is private property, so be respectful. You can get near the mill to look and take photos, but that's about it.

The mill is located just along the north side of Highway 24 west of Torrey on the way to Capitol Reef National Park. There is a historical plaque east of the Mill along Highway 24.

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