San Rafael Swell Recreation Area

Hidden Splendor

The Hidden Splendor uranium mine was famous in Utah. Originally named the Delta, it was started by Vernon Pick in 1952. He extracted a million dollars of ore before selling the mine. It closed in 1957 without reaching its estimated potential. The site of the old mine is tucked away in a canyon at the southern end of the Swell. This remote, undeveloped area is best explored on foot. Hidden Splendor is 44-miles south by graded road from I-70 Ranch Exit 129.