Crystal Geyser

MODERATE 4 reviews

Crystal Geyser is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Green River, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

12.6 miles
666 feet
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



off road driving

scenic driving





off trail

historic site

After attempts to drill oil, the Crystal Geyser was discovered in 1935 over an aquifer saturated with dissipated carbon dioxide and other gases; these gases are responsible for causing eruptions of cold water. As early as 1869, explorer John Wesley Powell had discovered travertine deposits, suggesting there may have been a spring here in the past. This geyser is manmade, and it has been reported that many decades ago, it would erupt hourly at heights reaching 100 feet (31 m). Over time, vandalism and harm caused to the geyser by visitors has resulted in less powerful and less frequent eruptions. Currently it is reported to erupt twice a day, unpredictably, with eruptions lasting anywhere between a few minutes to nearly two hours.

scenic driving
22 days ago

Beautiful coloration around the base of the geyser to the green river. There were a couple of people there that had been waiting for 2 days for an eruption.

5 months ago

Next to the river. Pretty cool. Had about a 4 foot eruption.

6 months ago

We found Crystal Geyser after looking for a place to stay on a road trip. Just before sunset, the drive toward the geyser felt like a journey on a different planet. Once at the geyser, the environment was very serene and the orange travertine gave a warm dimension to the moment. Drive with caution since the road is really rough and rocky. I was able to pull it off with a two-door Civic.

This area is mostly isolated, with the exception of people possibly driving by. Also a nice place to camp, if the weather is clear and dry. Overnight, I felt like a critter was sniffing around the tent, so keep in mind that may be possible. The geyser itself merely gurgled until the next morning before heading to Moab. It erupted for over half an hour.

If you're looking for a place to boondock and don't mind the drive, this site is great.

3 months ago