Thompson Springs Utah Information
Thompson Springs, also known as Thompson, is a small, unincorporated village in central Grand County, Utah. The town is just north of the east-west highway route shared by Interstate 70, U.S. Route 6 and U.S. Route 50, between Crescent Junction and Cisco. The county seat of Moab is about 35 miles to the south. Thompson Springs is located in high desert country at an elevation of over 5,000 feet , with the Book Cliffs just to the north. The town's zip code is 84540.
Thompson Springs is also the site of some spectacular rock art left by early native Americans. The Fremont culture thrived from A.D. 600 to 1250 and was a contemporary with the Anasazi culture of the Four Corners area. There is also rock art from the Archaic period dating from 7000 B.C., the Barrier Canyon period from around 2000 B.C., and the Ute tribe dating from A.D. 1300.
Grand County is located in eastern Utah and is surrounded by six other counties, including three counties from Colorado.
According to the 2000 Census, Grand County has a population of just over 8,000 people. The county has a total area of 3,694 square miles with 13 square miles of water. Grand County has a total of nine communities, some of which are currently ghost towns. Most of the population of the county is concentrated in Moab, the largest city and county seat that hosts most of the tourists of Grand County.
The majority of Grand County consists of extraordinary landscapes of desert, cliffs, mountains, canyons, rivers and creeks. The county is home to parts of three national protected areas, which attract a large number of visitors for its scenic and unique features and variety of outdoor activities.
The Arches National Park has a total of 119 square miles and is home to several unique figures and shapes of rock and stone. The most notable landmark in the park is the world famous Delicate Arch, which stands 52 feet tall and has become a symbol of Utah.
The Canyonlands National Park covers an area of over 500 square miles and has a stunning landscape of canyons with the Green River and Colorado River flowing through.
The Manti-La Sal National Forest covers more than 1.4 million acres and is home to many mountain peaks reaching altitudes over 12,000 feet, mostly located in the La Sal Range of Grand County.