The Pass Road
Just relax and enjoy the scenery
The Pass Road was originally created to trail cattle raised on the verdant meadows in the Beaver valley across the Mineral Range to Milford to be sold and shipped off by train. This direct route saved the cattle drivers about 7-8 miles of distance and avoided towns and other obstacles. The route no longer sees cattle drives, but is a popular and well used graded County Road.
The Pass road can be located by heading west on Hwy 21 from Beaver. Travel 4.8 miles West from the Main street/Center Street intersection to the Pass road which will be located on the right hand side as Hwy 21 begins to arc to the left. The Pass road will head due west for 1 mile and then angle northwesterly across the sagebrush steppe until it reaches the base of the mountains. The road will meander up the canyon along Cherry Creek through pinyon/juniper forest until it passes the fenced in spring that feeds Cherry Creek. From this point, the road will wind up through a burn scar until you reach the pass summit at 7450 feet in elevation. The upper portions of the mountains on either side are covered with large granite peaks and domes with mahogany trees scattered throughout. The vistas and scenery are spectacular along the ride. The road will then wind back down the west side of the range and head across the grassy bench directly toward Milford. The road is 18 miles in length from the time it leaves Hwy 21 until it reaches Milford.
NEED SOME IDEAS?
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.