- Connecting Rockville and Apple Valley, the Smithsonian Butte Scenic Drive is a 9-mile highlight reel.
- Visit the Grafton Cemetery, with gravestones from the 1860s.
- Relive the bicycle scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the Grafton Ghost Town.
- Bring a mountain bike to ride the legendary slickrock trails at Gooseberry Mesa.
Some call it a byway, some call it a backway. Potayto, potahto! It's all great! These nine miles of picture-worthy scenery, ghost towns, and the looming Smithsonian Butte connect Rockville and UT-9 with Apple Valley and UT-59.
From UT-9, turn down Bridge Lane in Rockville, crossing a single-lane bridge and following the road for two miles before it eventually becomes the Smithsonian Butte Road. Grafton will be down the dead-end right fork, while UT-59 is found farther down the left fork at Apple Valley.
Time / Distance
The trip is only 9 miles long, but takes about 45 minutes, due to road conditions and terrain of the area.
- Grafton Cemetery
The town was settled in 1859, but eventually abandoned due to Indian attacks and regular flooding of the Virgin River. The town cemetery is fascinating and insightful, with most gravestones from the late 19th century, detailing hardships of the area.
- Grafton Ghost Town
There are still a few buildings left in the area, including a schoolhouse/church and residence. Don't forget your bicycle and partner, so you can re-enact the famous bicycle scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which was filmed in the town.
- Smithsonian Butte
This sandstone formation towers over the area at over 6,700 feet elevation, making a great picture from the scenic road circumnavigating it.
- Gooseberry Mesa
This mountain biking mecca is not only beautiful, it has a challenging web of slickrock trails, guaranteed to challenge all riders. Make sure to put the bikes on the rack for this scenic drive, turning off 2.8 miles before reaching Apple Valley.