GRANITE PEAK RESERVOIR
Granite Peak Reservoir is a stunning pool tucked into a narrow rock canyon. From Milford City, drive east up the Pass Road Turn on the Pass Road and park at the top of the pass at the cattle guard. You will find on the east side of the fence a trail, which you can follow through sparse piñon pine and juniper trees to the Granite Peak Reservoir. This is a pretty quick little hike with a round trip of approximately 40 minutes. But make sure to climb around these rocks and explore the area, there is a geocache hiding on the north side of the pool. It’s a quiet refuge of tall grass, birds, and still water reflecting sky and granite.
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Go on a treasure hunt
Head to the Rock Corral to test your rockhounding skills. Extracting the precious stones and minerals found in these mountains has been popular since the pioneer era. The world’s most prized gem, blue beryl, has been found in this area, along with smoky quartz, pyrite, opal, silver, feldspar, and obsidian stones like opal dazzle in a variety of colors. Today, rock-hounders come to collect the exceptional stones from easily accessible sites. If you plan to venture out, be sure you have the proper tools to extract the stones as well as plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat—desert days are no joke when it comes to sunburn.
Finder’s keepers? According to Utah law, “a person may collect reasonable gemstones and rocks from public lands for recreational purposes or personal use.”
Not into rocks? The Rock Corral Recreation area provides a variety of other recreational opportunities like hiking, picnicking, primitive camping, rock climbing, horseback riding and more.
Summit Granite Peak
For the experienced and the bold, climb the rugged Granite Peak – along the granite spires, boulders and pinnacles that make up this portion of the Mineral Range. You’ll find pumice mines and quarries along the lower flanks of the mountain, nestled between cedars, spruces, pines and aspens. A local secret, the mountain offers outdoor recreation ranging from hiking, various forms of climbing, bouldering and exploring the endless nooks and crannies.
The Fall season is probably the best time of year to explore. Fall temperatures can range from fairly warm during the day to freezing at night, so plan for a good jacket and pants during this time.