The Spiral Jetty is Robert Smithson's monumental earthwork piece (1970) and is located on the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Using black basalt rocks and earth from the site, the artist created a coil 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide that stretches out counter-clockwise into the translucent red water. (During certain times, due to climate and weather conditions, the Great Salt Lake varies in depth so the piece may be completely dry.) Spiral Jetty was acquired by Dia Art Foundation as a gift from the Estate of the artist in 1999. Additional information can be found through the Holt Smithson Foundation.
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is about 30 miles east of Promontory in northern Utah, where the Bear River flows into the northeast arm of the Great Salt Lake. The Refuge protects the marshes found at the mouth of the Bear River; these marshes are the largest freshwater component of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. Since these marshes are in turn surrounded by arid desert lands, it is little wonder that they have always been an oasis for waterfowl.
Devil's Playground Designated Routes Located on Bureau of Land Management and state land, Devils Playground is a relatively unknown geologic curiosity found in a remote region of northwestern Utah. This site provides camping and recreation opportunities for those who enjoy getting away from it all. Devil's Playground is about 113 miles from Golden Spike National Historical Park.
Transcontinental Railroad Backcountry Byway (BCB) East Access is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The east access of the byway is located at the beginning of the West Auto Tour. This portion of the transcontinental railroad was abandoned in 1938 with the tracks pulled up in 1942. The historic railroad grade was converted into a road which takes visitors through an austere but beautiful landscape. The BLM has created an audio tour through the TravelStorys App under the title "Trancontinental Railroad." Due to limited connectivity visitors are advised to have the app and tour downloaded before traveling on the byway.
Last updated: November 15, 2021