Wendover, Utah: Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

I-80 West, Wendover, UT
North side of I-80 mile marker 26 on the north side, 25 miles east of Wendover, NV; 95 miles west of Salt Lake City.
Daylight, no stopping. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights


Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

A towering metal "tree" sculpture that's the only vertical thing for hours along I-80's path through the white desert of the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Roadsideamerica.com Report...

Visitor Tips and News About Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.


Metaphor, the Tree of Utah - Shark!

Just west of the Tree, someone has placed metal fins in the water to look like a shark. A little further west, there is a sea serpent.

[Amy, 04/25/2019]
Metaphor, Tree of Utah

I drove a semi-truck from 1997 to 2011 and I've seen this oddity many times. Before this sculpture was fenced off to keep people out, there used to be a baby phoenix in one of the shells, like it was coming up from the ground. Someone must've stolen it.... I think it's sad that people feel they must destroy/deface things they see.

[Linda Conlon, 04/07/2015]


Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

No way to stop! Just cruised by and snapped a pic.

[Kristen, 07/03/2013]

Metaphor in winter.

Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

Thought you might enjoy a winter view of the famous "Tree." Conditions were freezing fog with temperatures not much above 0 Fahrenheit. Brr! [Candace, 02/04/2013]

This nine-story-high artwork has stood alone on the Bonneville Salt Flats since 1986. Most motorists probably confuse it with a cell phone tower.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Salt Flats NessieSalt Flats Nessie, Wendover, UT - 5 mi.
Last Splice In First Transcontinental Phone LineLast Splice In First Transcontinental Phone Line, Wendover, UT - 16 mi.
Bonneville Salt FlatsBonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, UT - 18 mi.
In the region:
Airfield Museum, Atomic Bomb Loading Pit, Wendover, UT - 26 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Save Cool Vacation Destinations! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Utah Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Tail o' the Pup, West Hollywood, California (Jan 30-Feb 5, 2023)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Favorite Quirky City Sights