Middle Canyon Road Drive

Tooele, Utah

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After climbing 3,800 feet you will reach an overlook above the world’s largest open-pit copper mine, Kennecott’s 2.5-mile-wide, half-mile deep Bingham Canyon Mine, a National Historic Landmark. The drive also provides great views across the Salt Lake Valley to the Wasatch Range and south to Utah Lake. As you drive the paved, two-lane road east from Tooele, you will see a deep gash in the mountains up ahead. That’s narrow Middle Canyon. The mountains’ name, Oquirrh, is a Goshute word with several meanings, including “wooded mountain.” Indeed, these mountains once were heavily wooded but have suffered from extensive deforestation by logging and smelter fumes.
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by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

After climbing 3,800 feet you will reach an overlook above the world’s largest open-pit copper mine, Kennecott’s 2.5-mile-wide, half-mile deep Bingham Canyon Mine, a National Historic Landmark. The drive also provides great views across the Salt Lake Valley to the Wasatch Range and south to Utah Lake.

As you drive the paved, two-lane road east from Tooele, you will see a deep gash in the mountains up ahead. That’s narrow Middle Canyon. The mountains’ name, Oquirrh, is a Goshute word with several meanings, including “wooded mountain.” Indeed, these mountains once were heavily wooded but have suffered from extensive deforestation by logging and smelter fumes.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Tooele
Distance: 26.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Tooele County Road Department
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Recreational Map of Utah
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Canyon Road Drive

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