The tiny town of Antimony is located on UT-22 just 41 miles north of Bryce Canyon and five miles south of Otter Creek State Park. Once a booming mine town, this small community of 168 is now a bucolic ranching, vacation and leisure community nestled in the heart of Bryce Canyon Country. At an elevation of 6,500 feet, Antimony's distinct four seasons offer an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, from horseback riding to snowshoeing to year-round fishing. Best of all, Antimony gives visitors a chance to experience its Old West roots with high mountain trail rides, cattle drives, a working dude ranch, and sprawling, open spaces.
Antimony was originally settled in 1873 by 22 cattlemen on a peace-keeping mission with the Fish Lake Indians. It was first named Coyote, after a litter of pups they discovered nearby. In 1880 a Navajo Indian discovered antimony, an element useful for making bullets and arrowheads, in the canyons. Thanks to this discovery the town became a booming ranching and mining community, and in 1921 was renamed after the valuable mineral.
Things to Do
In and around Antimony there are plenty of prospects for camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, river tubing, swimming, and fishing. Pristine Otter Creek State Park and Reservoir, just four miles north of Antimony on UT-22, is an oasis for fishing, boating, bird watching and ATV riding. The park has access to three ATV trails including the Paiute trail, and a campground with RV hookups and tent sites. Just south of Antimony, an unpaved turn-off leads to Antimony Creek, where you can fly fish for trout averaging 10-12 inches, in the shade of cottonwoods and willows. For a taste of history, go hiking in Antimony Canyon to see what's left of the once-thriving mine. A drive south on UT-22 through Black Canyon leads to the abandoned gristmill and creamery at the ghost town of Osiris. Thirteen miles further south near the junction of Nf-17, only a few abandoned log homes and a pioneer cemetery remain at the Widtsoe ghost town. Near Panguitch, mountain biking is popular among the red sandstone hoodoos of Casto Canyon, once a hideout for Butch Cassidy and his outlaw gang.
Antimony is ideally situated in Bryce Canyon Country to reach many of Utah's state and national parks within a few hours. In less than an hour you can reach Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Fremont Indian State Park and Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. Anasazi Indian Village State Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument are all within a 90-minute drive from Antimony. Zion National Park can be reached in about two hours, and Lake Powell's Bullfrog Marina is just three hours from Antimony.
Services - Antimony
Services available year-round in Antimony include a guest ranch, campground, grocery and convenience store, a café and gas. The Rockin R Ranch & Lodge offers an authentic dude ranch experience, complete with cattle drives, hay rides, horseback riding, roping clinics, country western dancing, and down-home cooking. The Antimony Merc Campground has 24 sites with hookups, plus showers, laundry, groceries and gas.
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