Judd Creek |

Simpson Mountains

Roadside Attraction Judd Creek - Simpson Mountains Roadside Attraction Judd Creek
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Overview

RATING: Roadside Attraction
LENGTH: 1+ hours

Mon

89 | 67

Tue

86 | 61

Wed

88 | 60

Thu

90 | 64

Fri

91 | 64

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SEASON: Spring, Fall. (Hot in summer, accessible in winter if there is no snow on the roads.)
WATER: Bring all you need.

Mon

89 | 67

Tue

86 | 61

Wed

88 | 60

Thu

90 | 64

Fri

91 | 64

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Ring above Judd Creek

Ring above Judd Creek

Judd Creek is tucked in a very desolate corner of Tooele County, I think about 5 miles from the middle-of-nowhere. The small creek, tumbling off the Simpsons Mountains, feels like an oasis from the flat sage brush lands surrounding the mountains. At the base of a jumble of Basalt Rocks near the creek is an impressive area of petroglyphs and one lone pictograph. Clearly ancient people found the area a bit of an oasis as well!

There are a couple of very visible panels at the site, but a close eye reveals many old and harder to see figures and shapes carved into the rock. On our visit, I was surprised by how as the light of day changed, different figures would become more visible and easier to see. In this amateur anthropologist's view, it seems like several areas had been leveled and likely used for inhabitation of some duration over the years. It is an interesting site, that requires quite a bit of travel to visit no matter where you are coming from.

My recommendations is to bring a snack and plan on spending a few hours taking in the glyphs.

Note: Sadly, this site is the most littered I have visited. Empty cans, broken glass, toilet paper and garbage were strewn all over the area. We cleaned up what we saw. Please try to clean up after yourselves and others.
Faint images from artists past.

Faint images from artists past.

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