GRAFTON GHOST TOWN, UT
Nestled just west of Zion National Park is a ghost town that harbors a small group of aged wooden buildings and a well-preserved cemetery with a few dozen graves dating back to the 1860s. With Zion National Park as the backdrop for the Grafton Ghost Town and the Virgin River nearby, it's as scenic as it is historic.
Back in 1859, a small group of settlers made Grafton their home. They grew wheat, cotton, and alfalfa. While the soil was good, life was difficult due to floods, harsh winter weather and attacks by Indians. By 1944, the last of the settlers had moved on to Rockville, a larger town nearby.
The Grafton Ghost Town is only a quarter mile from the main highway into Zion National Park, but not many people visit it because it lies on the opposite side of the river with little signage to its whereabouts. So if you are looking for a more quiet place to visit while in Southern Utah, put the Grafton Ghost Town on your list of sites to see!
Five structures remain in the Grafton Ghost Town and all of them have been carefully restored. In fact, the Grafton Heritage Partnership currently manages the site, keeping it authentic and preserving its history. All of the buildings are near the road and accessible by foot. Near the pasture is a barn and outhouse. Across the way is the John Wood home, which was built in 1877. Next to his home is the church/schoolhouse, built in 1886. Across the road are two additional homes. Notice the low ceilings and fire places as you walk through some of the buildings. Peek through the windows at the spectacular view of Zion National Park just miles away. While Grafton is a ghost town, it's particularly peaceful with the surrounding orchards and farmland.