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Hatch Trading Post

posted by Tim Avery at
on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 

Hatch Trading Post from Google Street View

Hatch Trading Post is a small property in the middle of the desert that sole purpose is for trading with the Navajos.  It is usually very quiet here, and there are very few people around.  The property is surrounded by a fence covered in vines, and overgrown hedges.  It looks like an ideal trap given it's location and the type of ground cover.  There are also a number of cottonwoods and other trees, otherwise surrounded by Russian Olive

Birding here can be done along the road that passes south and around the east edge of the property.  Given that there are very few trees you can bird them pretty easily.  If you want to check out the property more in depth it is probably worth checking in with the owner, Laura Hatch to see if it would be okay.  Utah's first record for CANYON TOWHEE was from here, whilst there aren't many other reports from birders stopping here.  During the winter and spring, large flocks of White-crowned Sparrows frequent the edge of the property and could hold other sparrows.  During migration warblers and other migrants likely show up in small numbers given the habitat and remote location.

From the intersection of Hwy 191/Center Street/Main Street in Blanding head south on 191 for about 15 miles.  On your left will be Hovenweep Road--turn here and go east for 8.4 miles.  At this point the road curves to the south, but there is a quick left turn where Hovenweep Road merges with Indian Route 509 and continues east.  Take this and continue for 6.6 miles till you reach Hatch Trading Post on your left.

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Used to vist Hatch in the late 60s/early 70s when we were digging with BYU at Four Corners sites. It's been a favorite memory for years, a unique place that has a feeling all of its own that stays with you forever.

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