26) Great Salt Lake Viewing Area – 14 miles west of Salt Lake City on I-80 at mile marker 104. At Exit stop sign, makers are 200 feet to the left. This roadside turnout includes historic markers for a view across the lake and Stanbury Island. The historical marker commemorates mountain man and trailblazer Jedediah Smith.
27) Stansbury Park – Off I-80 on UT 138. The Ezra T. Benson Grist Mill was built by Latter-Day Saint pioneers in 1854 and is mentioned in pioneer diaries. Today the site includes the original gristmill, a sawmill, a re-created and operating gristmill, a country store, blacksmith shop, several historic cabins, barns, and picnic facilities.
28) Grantsville – on UT 138. The Donner-Reed Museum features such an extensive collection of Hastings Cutoff pioneer artifacts that it has been called “Grandmother’s attic”. The grounds include a commemorative monument, wayside exhibits, an-1853 cabin, and a unique cage-like jail built in 1863. The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum is open by appointment only. Call (435) 884-3767 or (435) 884-4311.
The Pony Express Trail
29) Bluffdale – Southbound I-15 at Exit 288. A stone marker is at the location of Rockwell’s Station, once a Pony Express mail station, hotel and brewery operated by Orrin Porter Rockwell, often called “The Destroying Angel.”
30) Lehi – Located off I-15 at Exit 279. John Hutchins Museum of Natural History features exhibits on the Pony Express, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints pioneers, and native peoples of the area. The Eagle Mountain Pony Express Trail Segment features pedestrian, bike, and equestrian trails, as well as wayside exhibits along the original Pony Express Trail.
31) Camp Floyd / Stage Coach Inn State Park and Museum – West of I-15 off UT 73. Established by the U.S. Army and built with the help of local citizens in 1858, the camp was the largest military installation before the army left for the Civil War in 1861. The Commissary Building includes a museum with historic exhibits and the Stagecoach Inn features furnishings of the period.
32) Faust – Turnout on the west side of UT 36. A 1939 Civilian Conservation Corps-constructed monument marks the site of Faust’s Station. This site, also called Rush Valley Station, was where Pony Express riders ate and slept after completing their relay west of Salt Lake City.
The Pony Express Trail National Back County Byway is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and follows 123-miles of unpaved roads along the original Pony Express route in western Utah. The route meets unpaved roads west of Faust. The byway crosses remote sagebrush country that looks much like it did in the 1860s. There are interpretive stops at Pony Express station sites along the way. Historical sites along the way include Boyd Station, northwest of the Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, and the Canyon Station. The roads are suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles when dry, but high clearance is advised. A tour along the byway typically takes 10 to 12 hours. The route meets pavement at Ibapah near the Utah and Nevada border.
Go to: blm.gov/utah.
33) Provo/Utah Valley – South of Salt Lake City on I-15. Provo is home to Brigham Young University which features the Museum of Art, the Covey Center for Fine Arts and the BYU Museum of Paleontology. Utah Valley includes the Uinta-Wasatch Cache National Forest, Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort, and the scenic Bridal Veil Falls.
34) Manti-La Sal National Forest – Southeast of Provo on US 6/89. This National Forest offers hiking, biking, climbing, camping, fishing, hunting and off-road vehicles.
Go to: fs.usda.gov/attmain/mantilasal.
The Old Spanish Trail This National Historic Trail was originally a pack trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles that was used primarily by traders from 1829-1848. It followed several variant routes through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and California. Beginning in 1848, the Mormons converted the western part of the trail into a wagon road from Salt Lake City to southern California. The Old Spanish Trail route enters southeastern Utah near present-day Monticello.
35) Monticello – At the intersection of US 491 and 191. The Monticello Visitor Center provides information and maps for southeastern Utah National Parks and scenic sights in the area.
36) Canyonlands National Park – West of Newspaper Rock Recreation Site on UT 211. Look upon staggering waves of deep canyons, towering mesas, pinnacles, cliffs and spires encompassing 527-square miles. The Needles District, featuring red rock spires and sandstone fins, requires backcountry use permits and high clearance 4WD vehicles.
Go to: nps.gov/cany/index.htm
37) Moab – Located off US 191, the Moab Visitor Center provides information on Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and western Manti-La Sal National Forest. The Moab Museum, an Old Spanish National Historic Trail Certified Site, features interpretive galleries with southeastern Utah’s natural and human history.