Utah’s Fairy Forest: Magical or Messy?

Posted at 10:10 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 10:00:49-04

UINTA MOUNTAINS, Utah --There's an increasingly popular attraction along the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uinta Mountains known as the "Fairy Forest."

On most any summer day, people park their vehicles at mile marker 17, then follow a well-worn path that leads through a campground.  Across a stream and into a wooded area, the forest is adorned with a myriad of painted rocks and decorative items that have been placed there over the years.

It's unclear exactly when the Fairy Forest was started, or even who made the first fairy shrine, but the U.S. Forest Service is growing increasingly concerned over the scale of the "Fairy Forest" and the types of materials found within it.

For a peek inside, watch the story and check out the photo gallery.