Points Of Interest

Delta’s surprising treasure of sites

Parental involvement is key to success at White River Academy. We know that involvement with your son’s life when he is a student at our school is important to you, and we encourage you to interact with him. Although the amount of time parents are allowed to spend at our facility is limited, we also have parent weekends throughout the year, where you can spend time with your son and learn more about his life and activities at White River Academy.

Don’t let our rural location fool you—the area around Delta, Utah, is a trove of adventure, history and scenic beauty. Off-road adventuring, wildlife viewing and fossil hunting are all activities you and your family can enjoy during your visits with us. Below is a list of some of the local attractions within an easy drive from our campus:

  • U-Dig Fossils and A New Dig: Located about one hour west of town, U-Dig Fossils and A New Dig offer fossil hunting in one of the world’s richest deposits of fossilized trilobites, animals that lived on the floor of the ancient sea once covering Utah. Visitors may keep any of their personal findings for themselves as a souvenir. You may also buy geodes or fossils online from U-Dig’s online store.

  • The Great Basin Museum: Located in Delta, this is a fantastic place for anyone interested in our planet’s history. Some of the oldest rocks and fossils on the face of the Earth can be viewed here. Many of these fossils date from the Cambrian Explosion, a major event in biological evolution. The museum also focuses on the history of the Native American settlements in the region, as well as the later Spanish and Mormon populations that inhabited the region. Admission to the museum is free.

  • West Desert Collectors: If you would like to view or purchase some of the more interesting fossils found in the Great Basin, feel free to stop by West Desert Collectors in Delta. This rock shop has many different fossils and rocks to look at and purchase, and also participates in many local events in the area, like gem shows.

  • Great Stone Face: Southwest of Delta near Highway 257 is a natural rock formation known as the “Guardian of Deseret.” Many Mormons find that the 30-foot tall formation’s profile strongly resembles that of their church’s founder, Joseph Smith. The Great Stone Face is also close to some naturally-occurring lava beds in the region.

  • Sunset View Golf Course: Golfers can take advantage of the Sunset View Golf Course, northeast of Delta off State Route 6. The par 72, 18-hole course features a restaurant, pro shop and practice range.

  • Little Sahara Recreation Area: If you like ATV riding, this is a must-visit, located 33 miles north of Delta near Jericho Junction. There’s also opportunities to view wildlife, including mule deer and antelope.

  • Topaz Museum: A sobering reminder of World War II history, the museum occupies the former site of Camp Topaz, a Japanese-American internment camp.

  • Fort Deseret State Park: Located southwest of Delta, Fort Deseret was built during the Black Hawk War of 1865 to protect settlers and their livestock.

We hope you enjoy your time in and around Delta. If you have any questions, please call us at 866-520-0905.

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