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Browns Park and John Jarvie Ranch

Browns Park

Explore where the wild west is still wild and where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid out from the long arms of the law. This region was filled with outlaws, guns, and traders.  

In 1880, John Jarvie, a Scotsman built a ranch along the Green River to offer store goods to those that lived or traveled in this wild territory.  At the ranch, you can visit the ranch's museum, where you'll discover relics from the frontier days.  Developed camping is available at Bridge Hollow or Indian Crossing campgrounds nestled along the Green River, adjacent to the ranch.  There you’ll have several launch points for floating the Green River. If you're a fisherman, you won't want to miss the blue ribbon fishing opportunity from the Flaming Gorge Dam down to the Colorado State line.


John Jarvie Ranch

This historic property built in 1880 provides a glimpse of turn-of-the-century frontier life in Brown's Park. John Jarvie, a business man from Scotland, chose this particular one because of the naturally occurring river crossing. For years it had been used by Indians, fur trappers, travelers, and local residents. Jarvie figured it would be an excellent spot to establish a business. At its height, the Jarvie ranch operation included a store, post office, river ferry, and cemetery.

At the historic ranch, you’ll find the stone house, which is a one-room, rectangular building. It was built by outlaw Jack Bennett, using masonry skills he learned in prison. This is also the museum where displays decorate the walls and a video of the history of the ranch can be viewed. You’ll also get to duck inside the two-room dugout where John and his wife Nellie first lived. It is built into a hillside with a south-facing entrance overlooking the Green River. You can stroll over to the blacksmith shop and corral, which were constructed using hand-hewn railroad ties which drifted down from Green River, Wyoming, during high water. Finally, you get to pretend shop at the general store where Mr. Jarvie sold goods, which is a replica of the original which was built in 1881. It is furnished with many artifacts from the Jarvie period and also contains the original safe which was robbed from the men that murdered John Jarvie.

Download John Jarvie Historic Property Brochure.
To print in brochure format, choose 2-sided printing from your printer properties.

Download John Jarvie Historical Ranch Junior Activity Book.


Visitor Information

Tour Hours
     Self-guided grounds tours always available.* 
     Ranger tours:
           Memorial Day - Labor Day available Monday - Saturday **
           Labor Day - Memorial Day available Tuesday - Saturday 10 am-4:30pm**

* Self-guided brochure & map located near restroom. Access into buildings may be limited or unavailable on Sundays and Mondays.

** Due to Ranger availability, it is always best to call the Jarvie Ranch (435-885-3307) to arrange a tour.

River Safety--The Green River can fluctuate daily from 830 to 4500 cubic feet per second or higher, depending on the time of year.  Life jackets are required for boaters on the river.  This portion of the river, Flaming Gorge Dam to the Colorado State line is closed to motorized watercraft. 

Camping/Picnicking--Indian Crossing and Bridge Hollow developed (fee) campgrounds, adjacent to the Jarvie site, include picnic table, fire rings, drinking water, and restrooms.  
Camp rates are $5 per night, first come/first served basis (no reservations available).  A group site is available by reservation ($30 per night, 30 person maximum occupancy, call (435) 885-3307 for group site reservations).  Pets must be on a leash at the sites.

Permits--Permits are required for commercial float boating only. No permits are required for personal use from the Flaming Gorge Dam to the Dinosaur National Monument at Lodore Canyon in Colorado. 

Fishing--Fishing is limited to artificial bait only. All fish between 13 and 20 inches must be released. You may keep two fish under 13 inches and one fish over 20 inches.
Telephone--A credit card/collect-call-only telephone is located at the Bridge Hollow boat ramp.
Accommodations/Supplies--Gas, food, and lodging can be obtained in the towns of Green River and Rock Springs Wyoming; Maybell, Colorado; and Vernal, Manila, and Dutch John in Utah. Gasoline, food, and phone services are available at the Browns Park Store in Colorado. Extra gas should be carried. Other equipment, such as tire chains, food, water, and a shovel, are recommended.

****Anyone wanting to use the horse corral at Jarvie please call the Ranch ahead of time if they would like to utilize the water there.  Please contact the Park Ranger,  (435) 885-3307.****


Historic Site Contact Information:   
Park Ranger (435) 885-3307

For additional information contact:
Bureau of Land ManagementHorse racing!
Vernal Field Office
170 South 500 East
Vernal, Utah 84078
(435) 781-4400

 

Horse Racing!


Wagon Rides











                Wagon rides!
Musical Entertainment!











         Musical entertainment!        
Blacksmithing!











                 Blacksmithing!            


Click here for the Ranch walking tour map.

JarvieJarvie's 1st home.












 The Jarvie newlyweds first home!


Click here for a map to the Jarvie Ranch

Directions to the Ranch:

From Vernal, UT (via Clay Basin):
N 55 mi on Hwy 191 (just over WY border)
E 22 mi on gravel/paved road (2 mi of up 17% grade)
Follow Jarvie Ranch/Browns Park signs

From Vernal, UT (via Crouse Canyon):
*Not recommended for RV travel*
Extremely narrow road in many places
N on Vernal Ave to 500 N
E 25 mi to Diamond Mtn & Browns Park turnoff
N 16 mi dirt road to Browns Park
Follow Jarvie Ranch/Browns Park signs

From Maybell, CO:
E on Hwy 318 70 mi of paved & 8 mi of gravel
Follow Jarvie Ranch/Browns Park signs

Mountain Man

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