Widtsoe Townsite Lot (C-27203)

What Are Trust Lands?

Trust lands are parcels of land granted by Congress to Utah at statehood to support specific beneficiaries, including public schools, universities, hospitals, and reservoirs.  Trust lands are not public lands, but are generally open for public use, when possible.  Trust lands were allocated specifically to generate revenue to support our beneficiaries.  SITLA currently manages 3.3 million surface acres on behalf of our beneficiaries.

Online Bidding Information:

To register as a bidder or to place a bid, please see box to the right.

Bid Start Time: Thursday, June 20, 2024 @ 10:20 am MDT
Bid End Time:  Tuesday, June 25, 2024 @ 10:20 am MDT

Closing Costs:

The closing costs are expenses incurred to prepare the property for sale.  A large portion of the costs is for the completion of a cultural resource survey, which is required by law. 

These costs are in addition to the 10% down payment.  All closing costs are due from the winning bidder within 24 hours after completion of the auction and cannot be financed.


Legal Description:

Township 34 South, Range 2 West, SLB&M
Section 22:  Block 25, Lot 3 of the Widtsoe (Winder) Townsite


The net proceeds from the sale of this property will be deposited into the permanent fund for the beneficiary of Public Schools.


Located in the Widtsoe Townsite in John’s Valley on State Highway 22, approximately 13 miles north of the entrance to Bryce Canyon.  This parcel is part of the area locally known as Widtsoe Junction, which is near the Dixie National Forest and offers outdoor recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, sightseeing, and hiking.


Access is based on the plat for the town site. Several lots which are part of the Townsite have already been sold and are being developed.


1.00 acre, more or less (210 ft. x 210 ft. square)


The Trust Lands Administration has water rights in this area that may be transferable to the lot.  We will make these rights available to the lot purchaser.




Current Zoning is Multiple Use


Financing will be offered for this parcel at a variable interest rate of prime plus 2.5% or 7.5%, whichever is greater.  A down payment of 10% and closing costs will be due at the auction.  The remaining balance can be financed for up to a 20 year term.

During the time when the property is being financed (before a patent is issued), the county records will show the property as state trust lands with notices being sent in care of the purchaser.

Mineral Leases:


Surface Leases:


Cultural Resource Reservations:

A cultural resource survey was conducted on the subject property.  The property will not be sold subject to any cultural resource restrictions.


  1. Please see the disclosure summary and the certificate of sale template document posted at the bottom of this page for general disclosures which apply to all parcels being offered for sale at this auction.
  2. All mineral rights will be reserved.
  3. The sand and gravel on the parcel will be subject to a royalty provision if sold commercially.
  4. The following comment was received from the Utah Geological Survey (UGS):  “Potential geologic hazards in the area that could affect the parcels include flash flooding/debris flow, problem soils including shrink/swell and/or collapsible,  and indoor radon potential.  Potential hazards should be addressed in a manner appropriate to the intended use of the property.  Geologic hazards are best addressed early in the planning process prior to development and construction.  UGS has general geologic hazard information available at its offices and online at http://geology.utah.gov/utahgeo/hazards/index.htm.”
  5. The property will be conveyed subject to all valid existing rights.

Diane Lund
Assistant Managing Director, Surface; Land Sales Coordinator
Ron Torgerson
Surface, Assistant Managing Director

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