Cisco, Utah

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Ghost town
Buildings in Cisco
Buildings in Cisco
Cisco is located in Utah
Location within the state of Utah
Coordinates: 38°58′12″N 109°19′14″W / 38.97000°N 109.32056°W / 38.97000; -109.32056Coordinates: 38°58′12″N 109°19′14″W / 38.97000°N 109.32056°W / 38.97000; -109.32056
Country United States
State Utah
County Grand
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)

Cisco is a ghost town in Grand County, Utah near the junction of State Route 128 and Interstate 70. At one time the town served as a saloon and water-refilling station for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.[1] The town's decline coincided with the demise of the steam locomotive. The town site contains many relics of a typical old west railroad town. Cisco survived long enough into the 20th century to be assigned a ZIP Code, 84515.[2] Unfortunately for history and railroad buffs, the ghost town's easy access and proximity to the freeway have lured vandals; the relics are heavily damaged and the town is littered with abandoned vehicles.


Oil and natural gas were discovered near Cisco in 1924. In 2005, new oil and gas wells were drilled in the nearby Cisco Oil Field by a Reno, Nevada based company.[3] Newly drilled wells can be seen next to the railroad track and around the freeway.


Cisco was formerly along the route of US-6/US-50. The town was bypassed with the completion of Interstate 70 through the area but is still accessible by way of exit 204. Cisco is listed as a control city for State Route 128, although the highway does not enter Cisco.[4] Cisco is still served by the Union Pacific Railroad where a rail siding remains in use. The California Zephyr passenger train passes through Cisco, but is not a scheduled stop. During the summer months, whitewater river rafters use Cisco as a landing site, particularly for a trip through Westwater Canyon. The Kokopelli mountain bike Trail passes through Cisco.[5]

A fiber switch has been installed at Cisco by Emery Telecom. DSL is now available at Cisco, provided by Emery Telecom.

Media and pop culture[edit]

  • Johnny Cash wrote the song "Cisco Clifton's Fillin Station" about H. Ballard Harris, a man living in Cisco.
  • "The Cisco Cliftons" band is composed of one of H. Ballard Harris's grandsons and was the inspiration for the band name.
  • Cisco was a filming location for the movies Vanishing Point (1971) (the fictional/script location was Cisco, California), Thelma and Louise (1991), and Don't Come Knocking (2005). It was also filmed by the online group "The Creatures" during their "Road to E3" online special (2015).


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cisco has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[6]


  1. ^ Nancy Hazelet {thanks to A.J. Rogers}. "Cisco - Utah Ghost Town". Atjeu LLC. Retrieved January 22, 2008. 
  2. ^ USPS Zip Code locator
  3. ^ Pacific Energy and Mining Cisco Project
  4. ^ Dan Stober's Utah Highways page (personal website) last accessed 08-26-2007
  5. ^
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Cisco, Utah

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