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Lucin, Utah: Sun Tunnels: Earth Art in the Desert

Four 18-foot-long cement pipes, carefully arranged out in the desert as a kind of 20th century solstice Stonehenge. Example of Land Art, created by artist Nancy Holt in 1976. Remote, but meant to be visited.

Little Pigeon Rd, Lucin, UT
In eastern Nevada, take I-80 exit 378 (Oasis). Drive north on Hwy 233 for 23 miles to Montello (last gas, water, food, lodgings) then 11 more miles to the Utah state line, where Hwy 233 becomes Hwy 30. Drive nine more miles on Hwy 30. You'll see a sign pointing right (south) for Lucin. There are two gravel roads on the right; take the one to the right. After five miles cross the railroad tracks, and continue about two miles to a dirt road heading left (east). Take this road. Drive two miles, then turn right and after about half a mile veer left to the parking area and the site. In dry conditions, using this route, a carefully-driven passenger car with normal clearance should be able to reach the site, but a higher-clearance vehicle would be better. Use caution: this is a remote area with sketchy or no cell service, and this site is rarely visited except on the solstice days!
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Sun Tunnels: Earth Art in the Desert

It's more like 10.5 miles in and we could not see the tunnels from the railroad tracks. There are signs marking the way along the dirt road.

[Chelle, 04/06/2016]

Sun Tunnels.

Sun Tunnels: Earth Art in the Desert

To reach the Sun Tunnels, it's several miles on a dirt road that is patchy and rough in some places, but totally doable.

[Karren, 08/06/2015]

Sun Tunnels.

Sun Tunnels

The Sun Tunnels are a "land art" installation created by artist Nancy Holt. The tunnels are on a patch of land in remote northwest Utah. The "tunnels" are actually large cast concrete culverts. On the summer and winter solstices, you can view the rising and setting sun perfectly framed through one of the tunnels. In addition, holes drilled in the sides of the tunnels are laid out in the shape of certain constellations. There are some other sculptures nearby, but I haven't been able to determine who created those. Trivia: Nancy Holt was married to Robert Smithson, who created Spiral Jetty, a land art installation on the north shore of the Great Salt Lake.

[Candace S., 12/07/2013]

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