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Promontory, Utah: Spiral Jetty

Built in 1970 by pushing 6,650 tons of earth and basalt into the Great Salt Lake, forming a spiral 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide. Sculptor Robert Smithson and two others died in a plane crash three years later, viewing another of his "land art" works from the air.

Golden Spike Loop Rd, Promontory, UT
15.5 miles southwest of the Golden Spike National Historic Site. Road starts out as gravel, then turns to dirt. Standard vehicles should be able to make it to within 3/4 to 1/2 of a mile to the jetty before you have to walk the final distance. Four wheel drive vehicles can make it all the way. There are small signs indicating the correct route to take all along the way. Road to the jetty not on most road maps.
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Spiral Jetty.

Spiral Jetty

Earth sculpture that spirals into the Great Salt Lake, created by Robert Smithson in 1970.

[Nesi, 05/02/2024]

Spiral Jetty.

Spiral Jetty

Super cool! The Spiral Jetty is pretty far away from anything but definitely worth it. My dog tagged along and enjoyed playing in the Great Salt Lake.

As it got later in the day, the water seemed to have a pink tint to it. Very beautiful.

[Beth, 07/22/2020]
Spiral Jetty

Took my kids out here and we spent the night. The water has receded, so you can walk all around the area. We camped out to see the stars and that did not disappoint; there is no light pollution at all out there. There are tons of jackrabbits, and we saw a rattlesnake and a few hawks and seagulls. There are no bathrooms, so if you stay the night you've got to pack out whatever you have.

[Georgia Davis, 08/09/2016]
Spiral Jetty

Definitely worth going at least once. Went in June and our compact car made it fine. The Golden Spike is on the way.

[Paymoody31, 07/04/2014]
Spiral Jetty

Manmade art meets Nature. Make sure you stop at the [visitor's center] and use the rest room as it is a long and bumpy ride. There are no street signs, but if you stop at the Golden Spike gift shop they do have complimentary maps. Four wheel drive is suggested, high clearance is mandatory.

Take a lunch and sit and enjoy the solitude. We were there for over an hour, and didn't see another soul.

[Rod Pombo, 01/12/2011]

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