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Interstate 80 - Utah

Interstate 80 West - Salt Lake City to Great Salt Lake Desert

Interstate 80 west
Interstate 80 begins its trek toward isolation west of Exit 111. This mileage sign lists the distances to Wendover and Reno, Nevada. Other communities worth noting on the 511-mile drive to western Nevada are Elko and Winnemucca, Nevada. Services are quite limited outside of those cities along the westward drive. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Marshy landscapes begin to encroach upon Interstate 80 from near Great Salt Lake. The flat lands, vegetation, and salty water leave quite a stench in the air. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Stansbury Island and portions of Deseret Peak line the horizon to the west of Interstate 80. The freeway hugs the southern reaches of Great Salt Lake ahead. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Views to the north of Interstate 80 between Exits 111 and 104. Antelope Island rises out of the Great Salt Lake to the northwest of Salt Lake City. The island is home to Antelope Island State Park. Photos taken 09/08/05.
Utah 202 and Saltair Drive tie into Interstate 80 at Exit 104. The diamond interchange provides the final opportunity to turn back toward the Salt Lake City metropolitan area for westbound travelers. Utah 202 constitutes a 1.8-mile connector between Interstate 80 and nearby Utah 201. Utah 201 merges onto Interstate 80 west at Exit 102. The junction however is a partial "Y" interchange with no access from westbound. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Use Exit 104 to access the Great Salt Lake State Marina. The facility lies to the east along the Interstate 80 frontage road. Traffic interests bound for the community of Magna should use Utah 202 south to Utah 201 east. Photo taken 09/08/05.

One half mile east of Exit 104 and Utah 202 south. The Interstate 80 frontage road from Exit 111 ties into Utah 202 at Saltair Drive. Saltair Drive continues west into Great Salt Lake State Park. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Westbound Interstate 80 meets Exit 104, Junction Utah 202/Saltair Drive. Use Utah 202 south to Utah 201/West 2400 South. (There is no direct access from Interstate 80 west to Exit 102, Junction Utah 201 east as this is considered to be an illogical connection.) Photos taken 09/08/05.
On the north side of the freeway is the Saltair Palace, an entertainment pavilion that has long since seen better days. Photo taken 09/08/05.
More of the landscape that Interstate 80 westbound drivers view in the Saltair area along the southern shores of south Great Salt Lake. Photos taken 09/08/05.
Utah 201 westbound merges onto Interstate 80 westbound at Exit 102 and Lake Point Junction. The east-west highway represents a major corridor through the Salt Lake metropolitan area between Magna and Interstate 15. Photo taken 09/08/05.
A view area resides just west of the Utah 202 (Exit 102) partial "Y" interchange. The small parking lot affords views of Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island. Photos taken 09/08/05.
This is another look at the View Area between Exits 102 and 99 as seen in 2011. Photo taken 06/08/11 by Garrett Smith.
Interstate 80 continues a short distance to junction Utah 36 (Exit 99). Utah 36 begins at Exit 99 and travels 66 miles south to junction U.S. 6 at Tintic. The state highway serves Tooele County and the city of Tooele approximately ten miles to the south. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Peering northwest at Stansbury Island, the Great Salt Lake, and the Lakeside Mountains. The Union Pacific Railroad line parallels the lakeshore and Interstate 80 in the foreground. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Exit 99 represents the last opportunity for motorists to eat and fuel up before the freeway enters the Great Salt Lake Desert. Several truck stops and other amenities line Oregon 36 in Mills Junction and Stansbury Park. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Utah 138 splits from Utah 36 at Stansbury Park just south of Interstate 80. From there Utah 138 travels west to junction Utah 112 and Grantsville. Willow Road/Mormon Trail travels south from Grantsville to South Willow Road and the Deseret Peak Wilderness. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Utah 36 begins at Exit 99 and travels south to Tooele, then continues to its eventual end at U.S. 6 northeast of Delta and west of Santaquin. This sign was not in place back in 2005. Photo taken 06/08/11 by Garrett Smith.
Westbound Interstate 80 reaches Exit 99, Junction Utah 36. A trumpet interchange facilitates the movements between Interstate 80 and the northern terminus of Utah 36. The exit lies against the south shores of Great Salt Lake at Mills Junction. The exit ramps were widened to accommodate two exiting lanes between 2005 and 2011. Photos taken 06/08/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.
In this suite of pictures, we look toward the Stansbury Mountains to the south, the Great Salt Lake and Stansbury Island to the north, and the Lakeside Mountains to the west on Interstate 80. Watch for water on both sides of the freeway as we travel alongside the lake. Photos taken 09/08/05.
The next exit along Interstate 80 west is Exit 88, Burmester Road to Grantsville. Interstate 80 and the parallel Union Pacific Railroad line draw close to the settlement of Burmester at Exit 88. Intersecting the freeway here is Burmester Road, a north-south road between Grantsville and Interstate 80. Photos taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.
Westbound Interstate 80 meets Exit 88, Burmester Road (folded-diamond interchange). A parallel railroad line stems south from the Union Pacific Line to Tooele, necessitating the unusual interchange configuration at Exit 88. Photos taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.
After Exit 88, this is another view to the north looking at Stansbury Island. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Interstate 80 passes between the Stansbury Mountains to the south and Lakeside Mountains to the north at Rowley Junction. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Utah 138 loops from Stansbury Park to Interstate 80 (Exit 84) through Grantsville. The state highway was once apart of the U.S. 40 alignment in eastern Tooele County. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Like Exit 88, Exit 84 also consists of a folded-diamond interchange due to the location of a nearby railroad line. The westbound off-ramp ties into Solar Road ahead of its intersection with Utah 138 and Standsbury I5 Road. Grantsville otherwise lies 9.2 miles to the southeast. Photo taken 09/08/05.
The seven mile drive between Utah 138 and Rowley Junction skims the southern reaches of Great Salt Lake. Flooding along the southern shore of the Great Salt Lake has been a problem in the past, including along Interstate 80. Photo taken 09/08/05.
The next interchange along Interstate 80 west is Exit 77, Utah 196/Skull Valley Road. Interstate 80 touches the northern edge of the Stansbury Mountains ahead of the Exit 77 diamond interchange. Utah 196 ventures 37 miles south to Dugway and junctions with Utah 199/Stark Road, Erickson Pass Road, and the military entrance to Dugway Proving Ground. Photos taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.
No motorist services are found at the Exit 77 diamond interchange with Utah 196/Skull Valley Road. Continue ahead to Exit 70 for gas and food. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Auxiliary guide sign indicating the connection to Iosepa along Utah 196/Skull Valley Road southbound. Use Utah 196 also for the Skull Valley Indian Reservation. Photos taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.
Westbound Interstate 80 meets Exit 77, Junction Utah 196/Skull Valley Road at Rowley Junction. Amax Road stems west from Exit 77 along Interstate 80 four miles and north another eight miles to Rowley. Photos taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.
Interstate 80 next skims across the salt flats southwest of the Great Salt Lake in Skull Valley. Enjoy the curves and undulating terrain here while we can; it will flatten out greatly in another 30 miles upon reaching the Great Salt Lake Desert. Ahead are the Cedar Mountains. Photo taken 09/08/05.
The next exit along Interstate 80 west is Exit 70, Delle (one mile). A diamond interchange joins the freeway with adjacent frontage and local roads at the foot of the Cedar Mountains. Photos taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.
Exit 70 is the last interchange with services for 66 miles, until we get to Bonneville Speedway at Exit 4. Photo taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith.
Westbound Interstate 80 reaches Exit 70, Delle. A frontage road system continues west with the freeway through to Exit 62. Photos taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.
This mileage sign provides the distance to Knoll (Exit 49) and the city of Wendover (Exit 2). It is posted after Interstate 80 leaves Delle. Photos taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.
Interstate 80 crosses a pass between the Cedar and Lakeside Mountains between Delle and Low. The entire length of a Union Pacific train is visible on the tracks paralleling the freeway to the north. In the Western United States, the ability to see an entire train from end to end is relatively common, while it is rare to see such a sight in the Eastern United States. Photo taken 09/08/05.
The next westbound interchange (Exit 62) serves Hill Air Force Range and Lakeside to the north. There are no services at the diamond interchange. Photos taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.
Interstate 80 curves to the southwest as it passes by the Cedar Mountains. Local roads travel north from Exit 62 to the Utah Test and Training Range and Lakeside along the western shores of Great Salt Lake. Local roads also travel west and south to the settlement of Low. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Westbound Interstate 80 reaches Exit 62, Lakeside and Military Area. Photos taken 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith and 09/08/05.

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Page Updated May 15, 2012.