Green River Travel Guide

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Green River Overview

Green River is a town of just under 1000 (little changed since 2000) located at Exits 160 and 164, Interstate 70, along the Green River in Emery County in Southeastern Utah. The part of Interstate 70 west of Green River has very limited facilities for about 100 miles. Green River is located where the Old Spanish Trail crossed the Green River from 1529 to the 1550s. A ferry was established here in 1876 by a man named Blake so the U.S. Mail could get across the river. A town called “Elgin” was established on the eastern bank of the river and another called “Greenriver” was established on the western bank. In 1883, the Utah Division of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad came through the area and the town towns prospered. However, in 1892 the railroad transferred most of its operations to the town of Helper and Greenriver went into decline. From around 1940 to the 1960s Uranium was an important part of the local economy. In 1964 the U. S. Air Force built the Green River Launch Complex just outside the town. The complex launched 141 Athena Missiles from here as a part of the development of nuclear missiles. There is a rare cold water geyser located just outside town accessible via 11 miles of dirt road. Agriculture was tried a few times in the area with watermelons being the most successful crop. There are three individual locations in and around Green River listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Green River (town) is next to the Green River (river). It is located on interstate 70 with a intersection with UT 6 to Price.
The green river is sourounded with cottonwoods and tamerisc.The desert is fairly barron but is charming.

Green River is a gateway to Moab with Arches and Canyonlands N Park, and the nice La Sal Mts. for a cool place in the hot summer.