Swett Ranch Historical Homestead

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Only the hardiest settlers struck out on their own to carve out a home in the wilderness of northeastern Utah in 1909. Sitting on the benches of the Uinta Mountains near the Red Canyon, the Swett Family began their homestead that year, and for the next 58 years used primarily horse and people power to operate the ranch. The ranch is an example of an American pioneer lifestyle that used minimal modern technology and utilized the natural resources of the surrounding national forest to survive. Today, the Swett Ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of the ranch are offered Memorial Day through Labor day.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: From Memorial Day to Labor Day Swett Ranch is open daily for self tours from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Area Amenities: Toilets
Open Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Usage: Light
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Vernal, Utah, take U.S. 191 north about 39 miles. Turn left on FS 158 and travel 1.3 miles to ranch.

From Manila, Utah, take Highway 44 for 28 miles. Turn left on U.S. 191 and travel approximately 1 miles north. Turn left on FS 158 and travel 1.3 miles to ranch.

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Toilets Non-flushable toilet (vault)
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