Utah

A 14-room house carved from a sandstone monolith by Albert Christensen, who spent 12 years on the project, and his wife Gladys, who continued the work for another eight years after he died in 1957. The cavity is 5,000 square feet of fully furnished, manmade...

Hurricane Mesa Test Track is a research and development, test and evaluation (R&D,T&E) facility, located at a dramatic and remote site, atop a mesa in southern Utah. The primary feature of the installation is a 12,000 foot-long test track, the only...

The Intermountain Generating Station is the central component of Intermountain Power Project, a $4.5 billion project to supply electricity to Southern California and other markets. The plant was built in this remote part of west-central Utah, in the Sevier...

Intrepid Potash LLC is an extractive industry working on the flats east of Wendover, in an area once known as the Salduro Salt Marsh, which has been surface mined, using solar evaporation, for potash since World War I. Intrepid’s operation, purchased from...

Now just a ranch along a remote highway, Iosepa was a community of over 200 Polynesians, who settled in this desert valley in 1889, to be closer to the center of the Mormon church. A few years later, leprosy broke out in the community, leading to the...

Museum containing historic material, and information on the region. The Green and Colorado rivers are a major river system which drains an area about one-seventh of the United States. The museum recounts the amazing tale of the exploration of these wild...

Kennecott’s copper smelter on the south side of the Great Salt Lake is part of one of the largest copper mining operations in the world and has the second tallest smokestack in the nation (the 1,215 foot tall stack is just 35 feet shorter than the Empire...

Knolls was a small settlement with a gas station that was demolished in the late 1980s. It was the first stop heading east from Wendover, 38 miles from the Salt Flats exit, at the other end of the nation’s longest stretch of interstate highway without an exit...

This small bridge is a relic from the first coast-to-coast highway. It is a historic monument and has a large plaque, however, the site is located within the restricted zone of Dugway Proving Ground.

Research and development associated with propellants is pursued at this Air Force facility, managed by Hill Air Force Base. Located on the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake, the remote and secretive facility uses radioactive material as part of its...

A causeway across the middle of the Great Salt Lake divides the lake in half. It is part of the Lucin Cut-off, which is one hundred miles of railway built by the Southern Pacific Railroad to bypass the steep grades and curves on the portion of the...

This remote plant employs a few hundred people in an intensely industrialized site on the edge of the Great Salt Lake. It produces all the magnesium metal made in the United States, a material used mostly in metals. For many years, according to the EPA, this...

The Mexican Hat Disposal Cell is the location for radioactive material from a uranium mill located nearby which operated from 1957 to 1965, and from another uranium mill site 15 miles southwest, near Monument Valley. The mill there operated from 1955 to 1968...

A 90-acre vegetated disposal mound south of the town of Monticello. The federal government's Defense Plant Corporation built a uranium and vanadium mill here in 1942 to produce material for the Manhattan Project. Milling continued until 1960. In 1975 the mill...

This Morton plant employs 130 people and makes industrial grade and table salt from water in the lake. It is one of three salt plants located on the edge of the Great Salt Lake, and the only one that hasn’t changed its name and ownership several times in the...

The NSA’s new data center in Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake City, is likely the largest data center in the world. It opened in 2014.

The new community of Daybreak, built on reclaimed Kennecott Copper Land, between Salt Lake City and the new NSA Data Center in Bluffdale, has a few data centers, including a major operational hub for Oracle.

All of Utah was surveyed from this point, with the exception of a portion of Indian land which was surveyed later. In the summer of 1847, when Utah was still part of Mexico, Brigham Young came over the Wasatch Mountains and declared the Salt Lake Valley to be...

The current attempt at a Saltair-type resort is a structure built in 1982, using parts from an old airplane hangar trucked to the site from Hill Air Force Base. Soon after it was built, the rising lake levels flooded it, and a 1984 storm sent violent waves...

Saltair, a grand Moorish pavilion in the best Victorian tradition, opened in 1893. The massive edifice sat out on the Great Salt Lake, on over 2,500 wooden pilings which were steam-driven into the mud. Over the years the resort grew, eventually including a 1,...

Schrieber Cheese’s facility in Logan, Utah, is the company’s most productive plant. It handles over 170 million pounds of cheese a year, and is expanding. The Cache Valley, in northern Utah, where Logan is located, is a booming dairy area.

A small Goshute Indian Reservation in Skull Valley, an isolated valley between Dugway Proving Ground and the West Desert Hazardous Industry Area. Seven households contain all of the approximately 30 Native Americans that live on the reservation, located a few...

Spiral Jetty is a basalt spiral 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide, which protrudes from the shore of the Great Salt Lake, on submerged land leased from the government. Given his preoccupation with entropy, it is fitting that each of the three existing...

Sun Tunnels is an artwork by Nancy Holt, completed in 1976, consisting of four large concrete tubes, laid out in the desert in an open X configuration. The nine foot diameter, 18 foot-long tunnels are pierced by holes of varying size that correspond with the...

A rocket test facility built by Hercules Inc. in 1976, on the Goshute Indian Reservation, in remote Skull Valley, in northern Utah. Later operated by AlliantTech Systems (ATK), which bought Hercules, along with its primary rocket facility near Magna, Utah, in...

With a peak population of nearly 1,000 residents, Terrace was the largest town along the Promontory Branch of the Central Pacific Railroad, a stretch of the first transcontinental railroad that was active from 1869 to 1904, when the Lucin Cutoff made the...

Thiokol builds NASA’s space shuttle rocket boosters at this isolated facility near the Promontory Mountains. Other defense and propulsions systems are developed and tested here by Thiokol, on this major R&D and production site, part of which was once...

A nice ruin of a mill that served the mines in the Tintic mining district, in the hills to the west. Located on a scenic, west facing slope, the complex was abandoned in 1925, as its process of reducing ore became outdated.

The South Area of the Tooele Depot is a storage facility for conventional  ammunition. Once home to a majority of the nation's chemical weapons, when it was known as the Deseret Chemical Depot. The nearly 30 million pounds of aging mustard and...

The Tooele Depot is a 44,000 acre Army facility that was the primary ammunition storage facility for the Army's western district. The Depot consists of two areas, with different functions, separated by 15 miles of state highway. The 24,000 acre North Area has...