About Utah: No bull, no service for 106 miles

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  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    Sept. 24, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    I have never been on the Dempster Hwy that starts 25 miles east of Dawson City, YT. Did drive the Alaska Hwy in 1963. Pavement ended 80 miles out of Dawson Creek, BC. It was about 1,100 miles of gravel to the Alaska border. Only pavement was in the YT capitol, Whitehorse. Also did the Klondike Hwy in 1963. Back in 1963 the longest stretch without a gasoline station was about 75 miles. The "outrageous" price was about 75 cents Canadian per imperial gallon.

    Did it again in 1992 for the 50th Anniversary of the WW2 celebration of it's building. All paved by then and perhaps 150 miles shorter to Fairbanks. A lot of "straightening" done along with paving. Hope to do it one more time.

    Met a guy riding a motorcycle carrying a spare tire around his torso near Watson Lake. He was returning to Vancouver after going up the Dempster Hwy. My family and I nicknamed him "spare tire John".

  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    Sept. 24, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    Wow. I thought I-40 between Barstow and Needles (California) was desolate and barren, like driving 100 miles on the surface of the moon. Next time I drive it, I'll think of I-70 and be grateful.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    You should see what the Dempster highway is like from Whitehorse, YT to Inuvik, NWT. No exits. None needed. Not much pavement. Way longer empty stretches. And caribou.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Sept. 23, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    Vegas to Reno is eye openingly boring and stark. I think there are like 5 towns. ONe of them "Rachel" is just a couple of trailers selling UFO material.

  • MTerry SANDY, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    There is a dearth of rest stops in Utah. Having traveled I-80 and I-70 across the plains states like Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, etc., it's comforting to know that every 40 to 60 miles there are rest stops. Even though they don't all have full service, at least they are places you can safely pull off to call and wait for assistance for whatever the emergency might be.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    Business opportunity eco 101

    Find a need,
    fill the nitch.

    Sounds like a good, easy, low risk business opportunity.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 23, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    I've always looked forward to reading Lee Benson's articles. He provides a unique outlook on life and he remind us that we truly are part of the same family. Once again, he's used his skills to inform us as he tells his story. There are not many writers who have his ability to entertain as they inform.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    I seem to recall that there were no services for quite a way (not 106 miles though) from somewhere in Idaho and until you got to Snowville. I gassed up at some "last chance" station called "The Middle of Nowhere" where they charged a dollar more per gallon than the station at the previous exit was charging. I abhor such profiteering. I bought a minimal amount of gas, managed to be polite and vowed I would never be caught out like that again.

  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    At 8:30 a.m. I went outside to get my hard copy issue to today's Deseret News. The "not correct" information was not printed. Thank you.

    "Or exits for that matter. Once you start there's no legal way to turn around."

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Yeah, but don't you folks know: Emery and Carbon Counties do not exist for the Deseret News?
    You silly people!

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 11:21 p.m.


    While it is 106 miles between gas stations on I-70, it's not like you're totally committed once you leave town. Between Salina and Green River there are numerous exits, almost all of which allow you to get back on going the other direction.

    And, also, you can get off at U-10, and drive up to Emery, about 15 miles north of the freeway. It's out of your way, but sure beats driving back to Salina or Green River.

  • Thunder Orem, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 11:08 p.m.

    Are there no services in Emery? I know it may be a business boon to this Salina service station, but with the amount of troubled travelers, couldn't some rest stop be installed to help those who get stranded? Additionally, couldn't Green River or the state do more to better sign the east portion of that stretch? Great, thanks for the PSA, but what about some solutions to help our guests?

  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 10:47 p.m.

    The following is NOT correct.

    "One hundred and six consecutive miles of no towns. Or exits for that matter. Once you start there’s no legal way to turn around."

    Correct no towns. But there ARE several exits and entrances between Salina and Green River.

    Example 1. Milepost 91 for state highway 10 to Emery and Castle Dale.

    Example 2. Milepost 149 for state highway 24 to Hanksville.

    There are others that are perhaps labeled "Ranch Exit". Yes you have to go a long ways to legally turn around.

    On non-interstate highway 6 in Nevada it is about 169 miles between gas stations. Do not leave Ely or Tonopah, Nevada without buying gasoline first.