I am a mother to two awesome kids, and have been married to my favorite hubby (okay, my only hubby, but still my favorite!) since October 1999. Our favorite thing to do is get out of the house and find adventures! I am the founder and creator of Enjoy Utah!, a site dedicated to helping families get out of the house and see all that Utah has to offer! I contribute as a blog writer for the Salt Lake Visitors Bureau, and also write CityGuides for SheKnows.com.. I am excited to be a part of Today's Mama! I co-own a DJ Business with my hubby, and also do the online marketing and manage the blog and social media for Gines Auto Service.

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Utah’s Hidden Secret: Enchanted Fairy Forest

There are no signs leading to the Fairy Forest, which makes it even more magical and enchanting! Pathways of rocks line the way to magical discoveries of fairy homes.

Did you know there is a hidden Fairy Forest just East of Kamas, along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway?! We didn’t either, until we heard about it a few days ago from Utah Valley Family Adventures. Because I was so mesmerized by it, we decided to set out today to see if we could find it. Their directions were spot on, and we were able to find it with no problems. We are super glad we tried, because it’s now one of or favorite finds of the Summer, if not of all time!

To get there:

  1. Head to Kamas, and get on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway.
  2. Look for mile marker 17. There is a pullout right there to park at.
  3. Look towards the forest, and there will be a path on your right. Walk down that path.
  4. You will come to the campground. Cut through the campground, and continue on the path.
  5. When you come to the dry creek bed, cross it. Because of all the rain lately, there was a little bit of water in it, but it’s usually dry. Be careful, because many of the rocks are lose; make sure you have a steady rock before putting your weight on it!
  6. After crossing the creek bed, walk up the hill. When you step over a log, take about 5-10 more steps, then head down to your right. You will see the “entrance” to the Fairy Forest there.

There are many things to see in the Fairy Forest, so make sure that you plan plenty of time to look around!

Here are a few tips that we learned from our first visit there:

  • Paint rocks beforehand, or bring paint and paintbrushes to create your own part of the Fairy Forest. (Make sure the paint is not washable! You will want, permanent acrylic paints that will last through rain and snow!)
  • Bring a camera, and take plenty of pictures! My kids like having their picture taken in front of their favorite rock collection.
  • Because it’s in the forest, you will want to bring bug spray and sunscreen!
  • While driving there, make sure you watch out for deer and other wildlife along the road.

(All photos in this post belong to Michelle Powell, and cannot be used or duplicated without written consent.)

Cross the dry creek bed, and start up the hill on the other side.

You will come to this log after reaching the top of the hill after the dry creek bed. Take about 5-10 more steps, then turn right and head down into the trees.

Look for this tipped over branch. This is the “entrance” to the Fairy Forest.

Bring your own painted rocks or “fairy scene” and place in the Forest, or come prepared with paint and paintbrushes to create while you are there!

Our contribution to the Fairy Forest: a little fairy garden party, complete with clothesline, house, magical tree and fence, all surrounded by enchanted, glittery rocks.

My son loved a recent addition to the Fairy Forest: a collection of Despicable Me Minions.


My daughter loved the Fairytropolis, a fairy city complete with a museum, airport, train, hotels and everything else needed to create a fairy city!


Have you always wanted to visit The Smurfs in their magical land? You can find them in the Fairy Forest!


Many rock arrangements in the Fair Forest are tributes and memorials to loved ones.


One of our favorite spots in the Fairy Forest


We can’t wait to go back and visit the Fairy Forest again!


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  4. clare mcdermott 09/11/2014 at 10:11 am

    loved your pictures…cant wait to take grand daughter-9 yrs…she loves fairies …we hope to go before the weather turns rainy or cold

  5. Alex Barton 05/13/2015 at 3:55 pm

    Did they restore fairy land (as we called it)? My family and I spent the summer of 2002 up there managing the camp ground by fairy land. I used to take people there so they could see it and add a contribution. We only heard about it because of Butch and Rose VanBuskirk. They showed it to us. But one day a family from Las Vegas cd and stayed the weekend their 3 boys also found and destroyed everything that was there prior to their arrival. I was completely heart broken. And I attempted to rebuild. But I could recreate everything that had been ruined by those boys from LV. Please send me some closure on this.
    Sincerely, Alex Barton

    • TBlack 05/14/2015 at 12:03 pm

      This post was written in 2013 in and Despicable Me was released in 2010. It sound’s like it has been rebuilt to some extent as that was 10 years after your time there. We are planning a trip up there this week or next, but would love some recent feedback.

  6. Tina H 05/15/2015 at 9:09 pm

    I was wondering if except for the section with rocks and the big tree, can a person in a wheelchair get to this?? And how long of a hike is this??

  7. Zoso 05/16/2015 at 4:15 pm

    I’m sure this place was once quaint and charming, but it has become quite an eyesore imo. The area is HUGE and there’s paint EVERYWHERE. Pretty tacky for the most part.
    We did see a few fairy gardens that were tasteful though; made of collected natural items.

    Personally I don’t think people should add anymore to it. Most of the contributions dated 2014 or newer suggesting that maybe this post and others like it on the interwebs have been detrimental.

  8. chris 05/19/2015 at 6:38 pm

    It actually looks a quite a bit overdone now. We used to take our children there years ago and it was very cool. It was built with all natural things found in the woods. Rocks,limbs,flowers ect… The paint shouldn’t be used.

  9. Disappointed 05/20/2015 at 11:41 am


    Somewhat cute, but as others have pointed out, painting and leaving manmade “artifacts” in wilderness areas is little more than encouraging children to graffiti an litter. I’m no tree-hugger, but my children and I loved the LACK of human interference with the habitat last week in the Southeastern Utah state and national parks!

    • Jorge 07/18/2015 at 1:43 pm

      You suck. Heaven forbid we encourage children to use their imaginations! There is no harming of animals or nature in this sense. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

  10. Patty Johnson 05/25/2015 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you so much for this information!! I have never heard of it! I am having company from Ohio this summer, & we will definitely check it out!

  11. Malissa 05/28/2015 at 8:37 am

    I think it’s spectaculer!My kids will love it!

    • Raven queen 05/28/2015 at 8:39 am

      Spelltaculer!But I think that chris was tottaly right.

  12. Bill 06/04/2015 at 8:40 pm

    The dry creek bed is far from dry! Got the little ones across the creek via piggyback riding on dad! Other than that, it was a lot of fun! A few Mosquitos came out as we sat down to have lunch. The kids and I will be back to add our addition to the forest!

  13. Sadie 03/12/2016 at 10:02 am

    I found this as a girl, so fun! If you are interested, the original entrance to the forest is further in and to the side. If you stand at the entrance looking into the fairy forest, the entrance will be on your left. There’s a bunch of natural stairs (roots/rocks) and a stone engraved with “the fairy forest”. At least there was over 8 years ago. Back then there were only a few psycedelic painted rocks, and the rest was made with items found in the forest (rocks, sticks ect)

  14. karma 06/01/2016 at 9:32 am

    Wonderful pictures.. Thanks for sharing your adventure This is so exciting for kids. gives them something to wonder about. and to so creative for them. Keep it going.

  15. Robynn Saracino 06/29/2016 at 6:40 am

    Awesome! Would like to go there.

  16. Dave 07/10/2016 at 10:38 am

    Has anyone been recently? We went the beginning of june and it was a raging river. Wondering if the “dry creek bed” is dry now.