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Full Moon in Frisco

Are you afraid of the dark?

A tent next to an abandoned wall at night

Utah is probably best known for two things: being the home of the “Mormons” and having many, many national parks. However, the hidden gem of Utah is actually over 100 ghost towns scattered across the state.

Last Halloween, I decided to stake out a ghost town called Frisco down in southern Utah. There are a number of old buildings, in various states of disrepair, that you can explore (one of these is home to a remarkable black cat with a piercing meow who is surprisingly very friendly). There is also a large graveyard nearby with most of the town’s late inhabitants and a number of mine shafts.

Rules for Ghost Town Explorers:

  1. Never enter a structure if you think it may collapse. Luckily, many of the buildings in Frisco are still quite sturdy, and I felt safe enough to sleep in one later in the evening.
  2. A ghost town is only as dangerous as you let it be. Frisco was one of the most peaceful ghost towns I have visited and had almost no hostile energy despite its unfortunate demise. For those interested in the supernatural, it’s important to take the necessary precautions, but with those it’s easy to feel safe and have a good time.
  3. Watch your step! Ghost towns are covered in all kinds of litter that can be very dangerous, like broken glass, nails, rusted metal, and mine shafts. You can also find some pretty interesting artifacts though, so keep your eye out!

My trip to Frisco was well-timed as it happened to fall on the eve of the Harvest Moon, one of the brightest full moons of the year. I spent almost the entire night out walking around because it was so bright, I didn’t even need a flashlight to see.

Frisco makes an excellent ghost town playground since it’s home to several interesting structures. Most notably are the beehive kilns, twenty-foot-tall dome-shaped kilns that were once used to burn coal. They now lie dormant but make a striking figure on the horizon.

Mckay Rappleyea