Due to the rich rock, mineral and fossil specimens in the surrounding desert, Delta makes a great homebase for rockhounds, gemologists and crystal gazers.
The Topaz Museum on the south side of the wide U.S. Highway 50 that doubles as Delta’s main street is a no less an anomaly in its space than the nearby square mile “city” Japanese internment camp it commemorates (at 10000 West 4500 North, Delta). The modern, austere lines of the museum exterior give way to a thoughtful procession of five distinct spaces in the interior exhibits, where modern geographical context combine with deeply problematic historical events.
Great Basin Historical Society Museum
The Great Basin Museum in Delta has displays of rocks and fossils found in the West Desert, plus western historical and cultural artifacts and a video on Topaz, a World War II Japanese Internment Camp.
Built in 1865 by Mormon settlers, see first-hand the ingenuity of early settlers by visiting this old mud fort.
Originally constructed in the late 1920s by William Van DeVanter, this domed hall was a great center of entertainment for all of Central Utah.
Little Sahara Sand Dunes
60,000 acres of sagebrush flats, juniper-covered hills and free moving sand dunes provide an experience unlike any other for OHV fun and camping. Learn more
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View of the Tushars
The distant Tushar Mountains frame the eastern horizon of Utah's west desert, part of the Basin and Range province. Photo: Eric Erlenbusch
East of the House Range
To the southwest and northwest, roads trickle off into the indiscernible distance toward a motionless dust storm and a hazy other range. Photo: Andrew Gillman
Jackrabbit and Jalopy East of Death Canyon
A jackrabbit’s flying-saucer ears are tuned toward the visitor. The window of the passenger door, ajar for unknown ages, frames her. It's a quintessential desert tableau at a crossroads east of Dome/Death Canyon. Photo: Andrew Gillman
Dome Canyon, House Range
Historical marker at Captain James H. Simpson's House Range route of the Central Overland Trail. Photo: Andrew Gillman
Each February, Lesser Snow Geese make their way into Utah and use the fields and waters in the Delta area as a rest stop on their northern migration.
Hermit's Cave House/Cabin
After breaking down in the west desert, Bob Stinson (who had recently returned to heartbreak from World War I) cleverly walled in a natural alcove overhang with a stone-and-mortar enclosure complete with framed windows, a door and externally exhausted stove. Photo: Andrew Gillman
End of the Sinbad Spring Road
Even without binoculars, the Basin and Range comes into clear focus; it defines itself. The bleached-bone-white and ashen deposits of an ancient lakebed stir up in the wind. There are multiple horizons. Photo: Andrew Gillman
They are far enough away not to be spooked; close enough to be curious. They watch as the car comes to a halt. They return our gaze and pose for our cell phones, then return to their grazing. Many journeys along the backways of Utah's west desert pass through Wild Horse Herd Management Areas. Photo: Rosie Serago
Wild Horses of Utah's West Desert
Millard County's House Range cluster of herd management areas and the Swasey Peak HMA are excellent bets for seeing wild horses. Photo: Rosie Serago
A Gathering of Wild Horses
Even at a distance, wild horses capture the imagination and command respect due to their centuries-old lineage. Photo: Rosie Serago
Lone Mustang in the Wild Open Space of Utah's West Desert
"When you grow an intimate relationship with the west desert you’ll always be coming back." — SunHawk, quote from a logbook at the Hermit's Cabin. Photo: Rosie Serago
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