Green River, Utah: Geyser Plugged By Rock-Throwers

Accidentally created in 1934 by someone drilling an oil well. Dubbed "Crystal Geyser," it would erupt 100 feet high, but now spurts less -- because generations of impatient visitors threw rocks into the well in the hope of triggering an eruption.
Address:
Little Valley Rd, Green River, UT
Directions:
South of town. I-70 exit 164. Drive south on Main St., then immediately turn left onto Area 51 Rd. Drive 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Little Valley Rd. Follow Little Valley Rd for 3.5 miles, turn right, then drive another half-mile. The geyser will be on the left.
Admission:
Free
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Geyser Plugged by Rock-Throwers

I wasn't expecting much, but this kicks butt and is well worth the 20-ish minutes from the highway it adds to the drive. It wasn't "erupting" but there's a steady stream of water gushing out, and the land around it is beautiful. This was my first geyser I've ever seen and was really impressed with how beautiful it was. Far surpassed my expectations. Met a guy camping there who claims it erupts randomly; he's waited up to 36 hours for it to erupt, "but when it goes, that son of a gun really goes." I can't imagine how awesome it would be to see. The river is really nice too. This seems like a great spot to camp.

[Bryan, 06/18/2019]

Geyser.

Green River Geyser

My mother visited the Green River Geyser in 1988 and snapped a photo. She liked to attend Green River Melon Days every year.

[B. Tidwell, 02/26/2016]

Green River is also known for its giant watermelon slice on wheels, a fixture in the town's Melon Days parade.

Cold Water Geyser

The geyser is not created by geothermal heat but by carbon dioxide that causes it to shoot up to 40 feet high twice per day. We only caught the tail end of the eruption, but the rainbow colors on the rocks left by the water made for an awesome sight. The road turns unpaved most of the way, but can be traveled by a normal car.

[Eric K., 01/27/2016]

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