Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty
Great Salt Lake, Utah
Before You Go
Spiral Jetty is located approximately 15.5 miles beyond the Golden Spike National Historic Site (GSNHS). Upon leaving GSNHS, roads are unpaved and high clearance or four-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended. In inclement weather, roads can become impassable. Guests are advised to bring water, and Dia asks that visitors "leave no trace," by carrying out anything they bring with them.
Spiral Jetty is visible when water levels are below approximately 4,195 feet. To view water levels at the Great Salt Lake click here.
To view sunrise and sunset times, click here.
Detailed Directions to Spiral Jetty[.pdf]
Odometer readings vary with each vehicle. The distances given below are only approximations. The Department of Natural Resources has posted signs at each turn/fork to indicate directions to the Jetty. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THESE SIGNS AS SOUVENIRS.
1. Go to Golden Spike National Historic Site (GSNHS), 30 miles west of Brigham City, Utah. Spiral Jetty is 15.5 dirt road miles southwest of GSNHS's visitor center.
2. To get there (from Salt Lake City) take I-15 north approximately 65 miles to the Corinne exit (exit 365), just west of Brigham City, Utah. Exit and turn right onto Route 13 to Corinne. LAST GAS before Spiral Jetty is in Corinne.
3. Past Corinne, the road becomes Highway 83. Continue west for 17.7 miles.
4. Turn left onto "Golden Spike Road" and continue 7.7 miles up the east side of Promontory Pass to GSNHS. LAST BATHROOMS before Spiral Jetty are at the GSNHS’s Visitor Center.
5. From the Visitor Center, drive 5.6 miles west on the main gravel road to a fork in the road. Continue left, heading west. (From this vantage, the low foothills that make up Rozel Point are visible to the Southwest.)
6. Immediately you cross a cattle guard. Call this cattle guard #1. Including this one, you cross four cattle guards before you reach Rozel Point and Spiral Jetty.
7. Drive 1.3 miles south to a second fork in the road. Turn right onto the southwest fork, and proceed 1.7 miles to cattle guard #2.
8. Continue southeast 1.2 miles to cattle guard #3.
9. Continue straight 2.8 miles south-southwest to cattle guard #4 and an iron-pipe gate.
10. At this gate the Class D (gravel) road designation ends. From here, four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are bly recommended.
11. If you choose to continue, drive south for another 2.7 miles, and around the east side of Rozel Point, you will see the Lake and a jetty (not Spiral Jetty) left by oil drilling explorations that ended in the 1980s.
12. Southwest beyond the site of the oil jetty, turn right onto a two-track trail that contours above the oil-drilling debris below. Travel slowly—the road is narrow, brush might scratch your vehicle. Don't hesitate to park and walk. Spiral Jetty is just around the corner.
13. Drive or walk 6/10th of a mile west around Rozel Point and look toward the Lake. Spiral Jetty may be in sight. The lake’s levels vary several feet from year-to-year and from season to season, so Spiral Jetty is not always visible above the water line.