The Great Stone Face

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Today we did a hike far from Utah Valley. This one was way out by Delta, and it was called The Great Stone Face. Apparently, the Pioneers in this area could see the face of Joseph Smith in a rock formation here. Of course, we wanted to check it out.

The hike starts at the end of a dirt road about 15 miles south of Delta. You can see “the Face” from the road, but the hike takes you much closer. It’s steep and rocky, and there are some stickers, but the path is well-defined. The trail leads right to the base of the Face. As we approached, I outlined the face for our boys, ages 4 and 7. They both said they could see the face as it looked off to the south, the nose, the lips, and the forehead.

Trail to the great stone face
The trail is pretty steep, but short.

When we got up to the foot of the Face, our 4 year old said, “We can’t stop here! We have to walk around to the front where we can see the eyes!” He was a little disappointed, I think.

The hike is short, maybe a quarter mile through volcanic rock and briars. Can you see the Great Stone Face? 

Great stone Face rock
Does it look like the picture below?
prophet Jospeh Smith
Joseph Smith was the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Does the rock look like his face?


From Delta, head west on US-50. About 5 miles from downtown Delta, turn left (south) on UT-257. Follow this 6.1 miles to milepost 63.1. Turn right (west) here on a good dirt road. There is a sign for the Great Stone Face. About 6 miles from pavement, the good dirt road ends at the trailhead.

For more adventures near Delta, check out our Things to do in Delta list.

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  1. Erica

    Wow, I think that actually looks a ton like his profile! That kind of startled me. 🙂 Very cool!