Stansbury Island Mountain Biking Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Stansbury Island provides a fascinating glimpse into the geology and natural history of the Great Salt Lake. This loop hike gains all of its elevation in the first mile before following the ancient shoreline of a much larger lake. Solitude, salt, and sweeping lake views define the experience."
--Greg Witt, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This interesting and strange dog hike should be done during the cool season when trails in northern Utah are still under snow. Stansbury is the second-largest island in the Great Salt Lake. It’s named after Captain Howard Stansbury of the U.S. Corps of Topographical Engineers, who charted the area in the 1840s. Stansbury Island gets an average of only six inches of rain per year. An arid and exotic desert hike requires plenty of water for you and your dog. The hike is best done on a breezy day to keep the bugs away, so bring bug spray on warm, calm days. It’s a popular mountain biking destination."
--Dayna Stern, Best Hikes With Dogs: Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"Two canyons on Stansbury Island are accessible for exploration and offer a chance to find desert-adapted species. Stansbury Island has also traditionally been a good spot for locating Chukars, although the species is hunted here. The two canyons are adjacent to each other, one opening to the south and one to the west, and it is possible to connect the two in a long loop hike that would have you returning to your car by hiking along the road. Specialty birds: Prairie Falcon; Chukar; Northern Shrike (winter); Sage Thrasher; American Pipit (winter); Sage Sparrow. Other key birds: Swainson’s Hawk; Short-eared Owl; Loggerhead Shrike; Common Raven; Rock and Canyon Wrens; Northern Mockingbird; Brewer’s, Vesper, and Lark Sparrows; Black Rosy-Finch (winter). This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."
--D. E. McIvor, Birding Utah (Falcon Guides).
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