Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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The Museum of the San Rafael Swell cultivates a rich selection of natural and cultural history from the region. Located in the town of Castle Dale, this museum offers an exceptional pit stop to anyone travelling to the Swell via Price, UT.

The museum’s exhibits fall under 3 general topics: cultural history, life history, and earth history. Regarding the region’s cultural history, you will find detailed exhibits and artifacts of each of the native tribes which inhabited the region. There is also a historical account of the later Spanish and Mormon settlers. A rich life history, past and present, is given through the museum’s paleontology wing as well as taxidermy exhibits of present day wildlife. Finally, the museum’s geology exhibits paints a vivid picture of the Colorado plateau throughout earth’s history.

Plan to spend at least 1-2 hours here. Admission is $5 per adult (Kids: $3). Picnic tables, restrooms, and free EV fast chargers (ChargePoint 62.5kW CCS/SAE, CHAdeMO) are available on site.     

Castle Dale is roughly 40 miles south of Price, UT. From Castle Dale, travelers can continue on to the San Rafael Swell (roughly 1 hour) via I-70 East, which roughly 30 minutes south of the town.

After a visit, you can see the Swell through the lens of its vibrant past and present.

More info: http://www.emerycounty.com/sanrafaelmuseum/

https://theswellutah.com/attractions/museum-of-the-san-rafael/

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Admission Fee

Pros

Educational. Low Cost.

Cons

Remote.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

ADA accessible
Covered picnic areas
Family friendly
Geologically significant
Wildlife
Native artifacts
Picnic tables
Wi-Fi

Location

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