After Topaz closed in 1945, the U.S. government dismantled the camp. The wood from the buildings was either stripped for recycling or the buildings were sold for $250 for half of a barrack and $500 for half of a hospital wing. Utility poles were removed as were the water pipes, leaving ditches where the pipes once were. The original barbed wire fence remains, although the four strands of wire sag in places. Still, the area reminds visitors of what was once the fifth largest city in Utah. Outlines of where the barracks stood, rock gardens, and pathways are etched under the greasewood that has grown since the camp closed.
The Museum Board purchased 634 acres of the original Topaz camp and is the legal steward of the historic site, which we have preserved for historic and educational purposes. If you visit the site, we ask that you follow our site rules, and please do not remove any artifacts. To schedule a guided tour of the Topaz site, please complete the Tour Request Form on this website.
We advise visiting the Topaz Museum before traveling to the site. The on-site Topaz monument is located at the North-West corner of the Topaz Camp site, at 11,000 W 4,500 N Rd, Delta, UT – please enter this address into your GPS instead of simply typing “Topaz.”