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Rockville, Utah: Grafton Ghost Town

Abandoned in the 1940s, but still in remarkable shape. A couple of houses, school, and cemetery. The bicycle scene from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" was filmed here in the late 1960s.

Address:
250 S, Rockville, UT
Directions:
In Rockville on UT9 turn south onto Bridge Rd, take a right at the intersection, then follow the signs to the Grafton ghost town. The cemetery is about a hundred yards away from the buildings.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Etta Place's House.

Grafton Old West Town

Featured prominently in the filming of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," Grafton was seriously altered to fit the film. When the filmmakers left, the buildings were viciously vandalized over the course of several decades: graffiti, stolen fixtures, walls shot up, chunks of plaster stolen as souvenirs.

The family that owns the town (it is private property, although visitors are permitted) has spent years painstakingly restoring some of the buildings, including "Etta Place's House" and the church/school, to their original condition and appearance.

While many express disappointment that the buildings don't look like they did in the movie, the fact is that they now look like they did when they were built. The premises are now monitored by security cameras.

[Krista Al Qirim, 05/08/2023]

Ghost town.

Grafton Ghost Town

Really interesting little stop. It is about 3 miles down a dirt road, so make sure you have a car that can handle the trek.

[Jaime Davis, 02/07/2017]

Cemetery.

Grafton Ghost Town

There is a very small sign showing the way. You will also swear you are going up someone's driveway, but you're not. If you are not good at intuition I wouldn't suggest going. The graveyard comes first, then the town.

The town is sadly a more refurbished town. The buildings you can go up to are redone. There are nice buildings next to this town that are owned by a rancher. You cannot go to them but you can get good photographs from the gravel road. I really enjoyed it.

[Roger Paige, 09/10/2015]

Cemetery.

Grafton Ghost Town and Cemetery

Follow the signs for Grafton. At the fork, go left for the cemetery and right for the "town." The town consists of the church/school and two houses that can be accessed by the public. A third house further up the road is on private property and can not be accessed.

[Shannon Ruff, 07/28/2015]

Cemetery.

Grafton Ghost Town

Just an FYI, the town is not visible from the cemetery and there aren't any signs for the town along the road, just the cemetery.

[Cheryl DeNoi, 11/20/2013]

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