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Cisco Ghosttown

Rt 128, Cisco, Utah USA

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“Creepy Ghost Town- Enter at your own risk”

The ghost town of Cisco, Utah is one of the most iconic ghost towns in all of America. Its been featured in movies like Thelma & Louise, Vanishing Point, and Don’t Come Knocking as well as the Johnny Cash song, “Cisco Clifton’s Filling Station,” Cisco didn’t used to be such a lonely place… The town saw life as a pit stop for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad trains in the 1880s, and this connection to a rail line proved to be very valuable to cattle and sheep ranchers in the extremely desolate Utah desert. In fact, Legends of America says as many as 100,000 head of sheep were sheared in Cisco at the turn of the century.The 1920s kept the town growing as oil and natural gas were found and the 1950s love of the automobile brought even more to Cisco. The need to service this new influx of road travelers led to restaurants, gas stations, bars, and more popping up in the little town of 200. That all changed, however, when I-70 skipped by the town. By the 80s and 90s the town was practically deserted. Perhaps no better example of the town’s abandonment after I-70 is Johnny Cash’s “Cisco Clifton’s Filling Station,” a song written after H. Ballard Harris fueled up Johnny Cash’s car with $7 worth of gas Cisco isn’t necessarily a place you make a big trip to see, but the surrounding Moab and Arches National Park most certainly are, so when you leave there, why not take a little detour to one of America’s most iconic ghost towns and act out scenes from Vanishing Point, Thelma & Louise, or Don’t Come Knocking?

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Reviewed by
Emilburn

  • 1 Review
  • 7 Helpful
October 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

My mother was raised in Cisco and my grandfather, Ballard Harris, ran the filling station at Cisco and at the Dewey Bridge. This feels like home to me, even abandoned and empty. Thank you for keeping the memory of this lovely little community alive. :-)

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
juliann.mceachern

  • 1 Review
  • 5 Helpful
August 16, 2014
Rated 5.0

SO SCARY!!! the energy shifted as soon as we stepped out of the car... one house had a dark caved in basement, another a burnt crib... scattered fridges, sinks, old clothing, and even a single childrens shoe. Watch out for the broken glass and old nails, as well as the occasional squatters. HIGHLY RECOMMENED

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
moabutman

  • 1 Review
  • 4 Helpful
December 16, 2014

I was travelling through Cisco as a youngster while on vacation with my family in July 1970. This was before I-70 was complete. Just by chance we were driving through Cisco, but got detoured around Cisco because a portion of Vanishing Point (the good one released in 1971) was being filmed there. We stopped for quite awhile and tool several photos. These photos are now considered Vanishing Point Behind the Scenes photos. They are the only photos known to be in existence and have been shared widely across the internet.
There's a long story to go with this but it's too long to post here.
Anyway, whenever we are out west we stop by Cisco to remember and explore. The place has really changed when an outsider brought a bunch of junk cars and other stuff to Cisco and left then there. They are not from the original Cisco as many of us remember it. What a shame.
Another movie filmed in Cisco was Pontiac Moon, with Ted Danson. They used the Cisco Store building as a car repair shop in that movie. Not a lot of people are aware of that.
I hope you enjoyed this information!
Tom J,
Galloway Ohio

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kalli.judd

  • 6 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
November 17, 2014
Rated 3.0

Not exactly what I expected, but still worth a stop if you are planning on passing by. It is very conveniently located, right near the start of the scenic route 128 to Moab.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rknrobin64

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 06, 2014

My Family used to take the cattle from Moab to Cisco and load them on the trains and a few yrs ago a kid burned down the Dewey Bridge

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • 485 Reviews
  • 458 Helpful
August 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

I agree with other commenters... There are more scenic, spooky, etc. ghost towns but the fact this has been used in so many films and a Johnny Cash song really put me over the top to see it. It's a perfect little detour on your way out of Arches National Park. If you're in that area and you like Vanishing Point, Thelma & Louise, or Johnny Cash, you had better stop.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ZevRowlett

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 21, 2016
Rated 5.0

We thought we'd stop here just off I70 on the way to LA. The map showed us a location but there was no ghost town in sight. As we gave up and headed for the highway, Cisco appeared on our left. We turned in and parked, only to be thoroughly creeped out and afraid for our safety. We took a few pictures, too scared to really explore, then left in a hurry!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DannyBecca

  • 10 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
March 13, 2016
Rated 5.0

Worth the detour - creepy vibe. Everything we expected & more.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
smootsdce

  • 13 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
October 07, 2015
Rated 4.0

This was worth the stop, but you have to get our of your vehicle. It doesn't look like much, but is actually very interesting.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mrs.tallman2013

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 05, 2015
Rated 1.0

First of all, don't waste your time. Second, it's not at all as advertised. We didn't even stop the car, because it is literally just a couple of falling down shacks along with abandoned cars. What a letdown.

1 person found this review helpful

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