Rush Valley / Skull Valley Drive Fairfield to Tooele to Dugway to Interstate 80

Stockton, Utah

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A long basin and range drive, revealing elements of Utah’s mining history, the Pony Express trail, and the early Mormon settlement of Rush, Tooele, and Skull Valleys, as well as the dramatic alpine terrain of the Deseret Peaks Wilderness Area and the forbidding desert wilderness of the Great Basin. This 120-mile drive offers a combination of scenery and attractions designed to give an impression of the sparsely settled valleys on the edge of the Great Basin and to the immediate west of the Salt Lake Valley. The drive provides access to two highly recommended scenic backways, which are described as sidetrips: Middle Canyon Scenic Backway and South Willow Canyon Scenic Backway. Also accessible from this drive is the fascinating Pony Express Trail Scenic Backway. Special attractions: Stagecoach Inn/Camp Floyd, Mercur/Ophir mining camps, Deseret Peak Wilderness Area, Stansbury Mountains, Skull Valley, Great Basin views, and Iosepa. Nearby attractions: Pony Express Drive, Clipper Peak Overview, Great Basin drives, and Great Salt Lake. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Utah

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Scenic Driving Utah

by Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras (Falcon Guides)

A long basin and range drive, revealing elements of Utah’s mining history, the Pony Express trail, and the early Mormon settlement of Rush, Tooele, and Skull Valleys, as well as the dramatic alpine terrain of the Deseret Peaks Wilderness Area and the forbidding desert wilderness of the Great Basin. This 120-mile drive offers a combination of scenery and attractions designed to give an impression of the sparsely settled valleys on the edge of the Great Basin and to the immediate west of the Salt Lake Valley.

The drive provides access to two highly recommended scenic backways, which are described as sidetrips: Middle Canyon Scenic Backway and South Willow Canyon Scenic Backway. Also accessible from this drive is the fascinating Pony Express Trail Scenic Backway. Special attractions: Stagecoach Inn/Camp Floyd, Mercur/Ophir mining camps, Deseret Peak Wilderness Area, Stansbury Mountains, Skull Valley, Great Basin views, and Iosepa. Nearby attractions: Pony Express Drive, Clipper Peak Overview, Great Basin drives, and Great Salt Lake. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Stockton
Distance: 120
Season: Best spring, summer, and fall
Local Contacts: BLM Salt Lake District Office
Driving Directions: Directions to Rush Valley / Skull Valley Drive: Fairfield to Tooele to Dugway to Interstate 80

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