John Jarvie Historic Site

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John Jarvie Historic Site

Utah

(435) 781-4400

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Overview

This historic property built in 1880 provides a glimpse of turn-of-the-century frontier life in Browns Park. John Jarvie, a businessman from Scotland, chose this particular location because of the naturally occurring river crossing. For years it had been used by American Indians, fur trappers, travelers and local residents. Jarvie figured it would be an excellent spot to establish a business. At its height, the Jarvie Ranch operation included a store, post office, river ferry and cemetery.

At the historic ranch, you'll find the stone house, which is a one-room, rectangular building. It was built by outlaw Jack Bennett, using masonry skills he learned in prison. This is also the museum where displays decorate the walls and a video of the history of the ranch can be viewed. You'll also get to duck inside the two-room dugout where John and his wife Nellie first lived. It is build into a hillside with a south-facing entrance overlooking the Green River. You can stroll over to the blacksmith shop and corral, which were constructed using hand-hewn railroad ties which drifted down from Green River, Wyoming, during high water. Finally, you get to pretend shop at the general store where Mr. Jarvie sold goods, which is a replica of the original which was built in 1881. It is furnished with many artifacts from the Jarvie period and also contains the original safe which was robbed from the men that murdered John Jarvie

Self-guided grounds tours always available. Self-guided brochure & map located near restroom. Ranger tours: Memorial Day - Labor Day available 7 days a week* Labor Day - Memorial Day available Tuesday - Saturday*

* Due to Ranger availability, it is always best to call the Jarvie Ranch (435-885-3307) to arrange a tour.

Map of John Jarvie

Latitude, Longitude: 40.900360, -109.172230

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Activities

  • Boating

    The Green River can fluctuate daily from 830 to 4500 cubic feet per second or higher, depending on the time of year. Life jackets are required on the river.

  • Camping

    -Indian Crossing and Bridge Hollow developed (fee) campgrounds, adjacent to the Jarvie site, include picnic table, fire rings, drinking water, and restrooms. Camps are first come/first served basis (no reservations available). A group site is available by reservation (30 person maximum occupancy, call (435) 885-3307 for group site reservations). Pets must be on a leash at the sites.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is limited to artificial bait only. All fish between 13 and 20 inches must be released. You may keep two fish under 13 inches and one fish over 20 inches. Telephone--A credit card/collect-call-only telephone is located at the Bridge Hollow boat ramp. Accommodations/Supplies--Gas, food, and lodging can be obtained in the towns of Green River and Rock Springs Wyoming; Maybell, Colorado; and Vernal, Manila, and Dutch John in Utah. Gasoline, food, and phone services are available at the Browns Park Store in Colorado. Extra gas should be carried. Other equipment, such as tire chains, food, water, and a shovel, are recommended.

  • Historic Sites

    Located along the Green River in eastern Utah, the Jarvie Property had been used for years by Indians, fur trappers and travelers. John chose this site along the river because of the naturally occurring river crossing. He believed it would be an excellent spot to establish his business. On the property, John ran a general store, trading post, post office, and river ferry. There is a cemetery adjacent to the site. Following Jarvie's murder on July 6, 1909, the property passed to his two sons Tom and John Jr. His sons interests laid elsewhere; and the property would never again flourish as it had.

    Visitors can tour the general store, water wheel, blacksmith shop, cemetery, stone house, and dugout.

    Contact the park to schedule a tour.

Park Partners

Intermountain Natural History Association

Intermountain Natural History Association is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to aid the educational and scientific activities of the National Park Service at Dinosaur and Fossil Butte national monuments, the U.S. Forest Service at the Ashley, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache national forests and the Bureau of Land Management at the John Jarvie Historic Property in Browns Park. The profits from all bookstore sales are donated back to these public lands. Since INHA's inception in 1956, donations have exceeded $2.5 million.

Donations are given to the agencies to support specific activities or projects. These can include production and printing of newspapers, construction of information kiosks, or the financing of roadside displays, trail guides, and handouts. INHA donations help to purchase items as large as the cast skeleton of Allosaurus at Dinosaur, and as small as a roll of film for documenting projects.

The organization was founded in 1956 as the Dinosaur Nature Association. In 1999, it expanded beyond its relationship with the National Park Service to begin serving the USDA Forest Service and the BLM. To better reflect these relationships, in 2002 it officially became Intermountain Natural History Association.

INHA's offices are located just outside the Dinosaur National Monument boundary on the Utah side of the park, four miles north of US Highway 40 on Utah State Road 149. The physical address is: 2430 South 9500 East Jensen, UT 84035 Turn north at the Sinclair station!

(800) 845-3466

Directions

Driving

From Vernal, Utah (via Clay Basin): North on Highway 191 for 55 miles to the Wyoming-Utah border, then east 22 miles on maintained gravel road which includes 2 miles down Jesse Ewing Canyon with grades approaching 17 percent.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(435) 781-4400

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