Hanksville Travel Guide

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Hanksville is a town of about 230 (up 8% since 2000) located along Utah Highway 95 in Wayne County in Southeastern Utah. Hanksville is about the only sign of civilization along Utah Highway 95 between Blanding and Interstate 70 (except for a few recreational areas). It is just south of the confluence of Muddy Creek and the Fremont River which then forms the Dirty Devil River. The town was settled as “Graves Valley” in 1883. In 1885, it was renamed “Hanksville” after Henry Golden, an officer of the Mormon Battalion who helped settle the town. The town did not get electricity until 1960 and was not incorporated until 1999. Agriculture, mining and tourism are the mainstays of the economy. Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch used to come here to get supplies when they hid out at “Robber’s Roost” in the nearby desert. There are two districts and one individual location in the Hanksville area listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hanksville is a small Utah town (with some services) at the intersection of Ut 24 and the NW start of scenic UT 95 to White Canyon. Stop at the rock shop in Hanksville and on to North Wash, Colorado River, and White Canyon.

First time from Hanksville go through south on Utah 95 through North Wash then cross the mudholes to get to the beautiful White Canyon. Free access and camping outside the park now as our government, who really loves us, banned camping cuz they had to take out their frustration when Ed Abbey's prediction came true saying that the north side of Lake Fowell will fill up with mud.