Dutch John, Utah

Where is Dutch John?

How did Dutch John get its name?

The area of Dutch John, Utah is not an incorporated town, but is maintained and managed by Daggett County. The housing in the area was originally constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation to house those who were working on the Flaming Gorge Dam. The area received its name from John Honselena, often mispronounced “Hunslinger”, who was actually a native of Sheiswig, Germany. He raised horses and had a summer camp and cabin near the Summit Springs Guard Station. He used winter range on the east side of the Green River in what was known as “Joe’s Pasture”. His headquarters was along the river in Red Canyon and his range spilled over into the area now called Dutch John Flat or Dutch John Bench. Honselena was given the name “Dutch John” because he talked with a German accent and was a little hard to understand. To the people of the time, he sounded like a “Dutchman”. He seems to have just faded away.

What Makes Dutch John, Dutch John?  What are the characteristics that make Dutch John?

  • A unique mountain community cherished for its natural and scenic beauty.
  • Access to world class fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting.
  • A small community quality of life.
  • “City Like” but in the country.

Dutch John Information

The community of Dutch John, Utah, is not an incorporated town. Services are administered or provided by Daggett County. The community is located at 6324 feet above sea level and has a population that varies from nearly 250 in the summer to about 150 during the winter months. The Flaming Gorge Dam is only 3 miles from Dutch John. The Bureau of Reclamation offers guided tours of the Dam and powerplant during the summertime. The Visitors Center is open year round. Other nearby places to visit include the US Forest Service Visitor’s Center at Red Canyon, the Swett Ranch, Ute Tower Lookout, the Cedar Springs Marina and a little farther away is the Jarvie Ranch in Brown’s Park. Dutch John has an airport with a paved landing strip, 6000 feet in length.