The Tamarisk Restaurant has been up and running since 1979 and shows no sign of slowing down. Over the years it has become a Green River classic and has cemented itself as the go-to place  for tourists and travelers on their way to one of the many national and state parks within an hours drive. The Tamarisk is located right on the banks of the mighty Green River which makes for some truly great scenery at sunset.

Trevor & Allyson

Trevor and Allyson moved to Green River after Trevor graduated from BYU more than 20 years ago and have been a part of the Tamarisk ever since. They became the new owners along with Nick and Josh on March 29th, 2014.

Nick & Josh

Nick and Josh are two pretty cool cats from the Salt Lake City area. After they took over the Tamarisk with Trevor and Allyson, they decided to move and  exchange the fast-paced life of the city for the rural bliss of Green River.

History of the Tamarisk

“In the southwestern part of the United States is a species of flora, known as the tamarack. This willowy bush, somehow misnamed in its travel to the western region, is correctly name tamarisk. The tamarisk grows wild in the desert regions along riverbanks and ponds, gracing the desert with signs of green vegetation.”

“Traditions tell us that the tamarisk is a relative newcomer. Supposedly, the tamarisk got its start in this country when an 18th century lady of means and position visiting Egypt was taken by the beauty of the tamarisk’s blue green bush with its pink tassels. As the story goes, she found these Nile river bushes more impressive than the Pyramids themselves and subsequently had some species potted and returned to the States for transplanting. Being extremely prolific, they began immediately encroaching upon the water ways of North America, arriving in this region only shortly before the settlers.”

“In an arid land where green vegetation is rare, the presence of the tamarisk suggests the possibility of a drink of water and a short shady rest from your journey. For this reason, early travelers of the high desert regions sought eagerly for the distant view of the willowy tamarisk bush. While the tamarisk is a welcome sight to some, it has been a source of irritation to others. The cowboy, for instance has extracted a high tax in saddle leather, horseflesh and hats from the tamarisk’s thick wiry branches while searching for lost cattle along river banks. As many a cowpuncher might candidly testify, “It’s a hell of a place to lose a cow.”

“It is unfortunate that the hurried cowpoke didn’t know as much about partaking of the offerings of the tamarisk as did his cows. One simply shouldn’t hurry! One should rest and repose and enjoy the shade and tranquility of the tamarisk in the spirit of reflection and gratitude. But never hurry! It is in this same spirit that the “Tamarisk Restaurant” of Green River welcomes you. May your moments here with us moments of comfort, relaxation and regeneration. And in our pursued journey may we say, ‘Good luck, good hunting, and may it never be necessary to drink down stream from your horse.’ – Finn Bayles –

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