Hermit’s Cabin is a very unique feature west of Delta, Utah. It is far off the beaten path, so it’s not really worth a visit without some other adventures in the area. We paired this adventure with U-Dig Fossils, plus some other fun activities near Delta, and thought it was definitely worth the stop.
Hermit’s cabin, sometimes referred to as Hermit’s Cave, was built by Bob Stinson in 1929. Mr. Stinson had served his country in World War I, but when he returned home, he found his girlfriend had married another man. Bob went to visit his brother in Delta, but his “home on wheels” broke down near Marjum Pass. He found shelter under an outcropping of rock and used flat rocks to wall in the small alcove. After a while, the government paid Bob to take care of the road, keeping the pass clear for when traffic came through. He worked this job until 1951 when the new highway came through. By then, Bob was in his seventies, so he moved into Delta for the remainder of his years. (Historical info from BLM).
The cabin still stands today. The hike to the cabin is quite short (only a quarter mile), but the drive to the cabin is long. To find the cabin, drive west on Highway 6/50 out of Delta. When you get to the U-Dig Fossils sign, turn right onto a well maintained dirt road. Cars can make the trip to this adventure. Follow this road for 10.1 miles and when you arrive at an intersection, turn left toward Marjum Pass (there is a sign).
Once on the Marjum Pass road, drive for 12.8 miles to a sign that says Howell Peak and a dirt road (see picture below). Do not be fooled at 12.2 miles when there is also a dirt road and a sign that says Howell Peak. Drive past this first sign, and go to the 2nd Howell Peak sign. The road is a little rough, so depending on what you are driving, find a parking spot. Follow the road toward the canyon and the wash will curve toward the left.
After you park, it is only a short walk to Hermit’s Cabin. Just follow the dry wash for a hundred yards or so and it comes up on the left. It is a pretty cozy little structure. Some people call it Hermit’s Cave, but there is a concrete floor, one large room, and two windows with a beautiful view. A few old shelves and part of a stove can still be seen. As you look, you can’t help but admire Bob Stinson’s desire to get away from it all! Make sure to enjoy the beautiful view out the windows.
We love to share our adventures, but we always worry about directing people to places like this. It is unique, fragile, and irreplaceable. Please enjoy this site without disturbing it. The BLM has asked that visitors do not lean or push on the walls. It might help to remember that Bob’s ashes were spread in front of this home when after he passed away. Remember to leave no trace so others can enjoy it as well.