Interstate 80 East - Wendover to Cedar Mountains

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Welcome to Utah sign posted within the half diamond interchange (Exit 1 on westbound) with Aria Boulevard. Photo taken 08/05/13.
The second of three Wendover on-ramps joins Interstate 80 east from Aria Boulevard. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Utah 58 ties into Interstate 80 on the east side of Wendover in one half mile. Utah 58 is the state route counterpart to Business Loop I-80 on the Beehive State side of Wendover. Photo taken 08/05/13.
A pronounced rock cut takes I-80 north of Business Loop I-80 (old U.S. 40) through east Wendover. The hill here rose to 4,400 feet. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Rocky cliffs rise abruptly just to the north of Exit 2 as part of Wendover Peak (el. 5,046 ft). Photo taken 08/05/13.
An eastbound ramp joins a westbound wye interchange (Exit 2) to provide the third exit for Wendover from I-80 east. SR 58 overlays Business Loop I-80 for 1.363 miles west back to the state line. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Ports of entry (weigh stations) operate on both sides of Interstate 80 between Exits 2 and 4. Photo taken 08/05/13.
All commercial trucks, buses and vehicles with livestock must enter the port of entry when they are open. Photo taken 08/05/13.
A diamond interchange (Exit 4) follows the weigh station with Leppy Pass Road to Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Leppy Pass Road stems north from old U.S. 40 (Frontage Road) to Leppy Pass across the Silver Island Mountain range. Bonneville Speedway Road spurs east from nearby to the racetrack on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Shallow pools of standing water appear on the south side of I-80 ahead of Exit 4. The aerial coverage of water on the salt flats varies depending upon time of year and long term rainfall. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Exit 4 departs Interstate 80 east for Leppy Pass Road and Bonneville Speedway. Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway is home to several land speed records, where speeds have exceeded 600 miles per hour. Photo taken 08/05/13.
The longest exit less stretch of the transcontinental route of Interstate 80 ensues east from Bonneville Speedway. Photo taken 08/05/13.
The freeway bee lines east across the Bonneville Salt Flats and Great Salt Lake Desert for the next 36.6 miles. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Motorists catch a glimpse of Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway to the northeast. Floating Island, with a peak of 4,967 feet, rises beyond the racetrack overrun. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Old Highway 40 and a Union Pacific Railroad line parallel Interstate 80 just to the south. Photo taken 08/05/13.
A pair of rest areas serve travelers in both directions of Interstate 80 at milepost ten. Photo taken 08/05/13.
The next rest area along I-80 eastbound is located another 44 miles away near Aragonite. Photo taken 08/05/13.
A reassurance marker for Interstate 80 east posted after the rest area. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Knolls remains 32 miles ahead while Salt Lake City is 111 miles away. There are no services until Exit 70. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Pilot Peak (el. 10,614 ft) rises to the far northwest beyond the Silver Island Mountains. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Interstate 80 east ahead of milepost 14. 7,225 vehicles per day (vpd) were recorded on I-80 between Bonneville Speedway and Knolls by UDOT in 2014. Photo taken 08/05/13.
The Great Salt Lake Desert spreads far to the south from Interstate 80. Much of the area east of distant Dutch Peak is part of Dugway Proving Ground. The facility is a US Army test range for biological and chemical weapon defense systems, a training ground for US Army Reserve and National Guard units, and a flight test area for the US Air Force. Photo taken 08/05/13.
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The curvature of the earth appears along the northern horizon. The mud flat west of the Newfoundland Mountains is the site of the Newfoundland Evaporation Basin. Photos taken 08/05/13.
Passing by milepost 17 along I-80 east. The Cedar Mountains line the eastern horizon. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Another view toward the distant Silver and Floating Islands to the north of Interstate 80. Photo taken 08/05/13.
This reassurance marker for Interstate 80 east stands east of milepost 20. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Another mileage sign breaks up the relatively unchanging landscape of the Great Salt Lake Desert landscape and gives motorists an indication of progress toward Knolls. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Coming into view along Interstate 80 east next is the Tree of Life Sculpture near milepost 26. Photo taken 08/05/13.
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The 87-foot tall Metaphor: The Tree of Utah sculpture was created by Swedish artist Karl Momen between 1982 and 1986. His vision for the art was to bring color and beauty to the stark landscape of the salt flats. Photos taken 08/05/13.
A series of signs preceding milepost 27 advise motorists of how far to the next freeway off-ramp. These signs encourage weary drivers to pull off the freeway and rest versus continuing onward while impaired. They were installed statewide as part of a safety campaign and appear in remote areas or on long straight aways where higher probabilities of drowsy driving occur. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Low rise hills south of Knolls appears as travelers pass by the railroad siding of Barro. Areas north and south of the freeway are part of the Utah Test and Training Range. This US Air Force testing area is used for supersonic flight training. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Knolls lies ten miles further along I-80 east from this mileage sign. Tooele, seat of Tooele County, appears at 79 miles out. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Speedometer checks along western Interstates allow drivers to check their vehicle's speedometer for accuracy. The checks require a constant speed between the mile markers and a stop watch to determine how long it takes to travel one mile. The observed time is then divided by 3600 to determine the speed. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Speedometer check signs indicate how long to travel one mile at the posted speed limit. This sign referenced the previous 75 mile per hour maximum speed limit in Utah. The state Legislature increase the statewide maximum to 80 MPH in July 2013. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Mile zero commences the five-mile speedometer check for eastbound motorists along Interstate 80. Speed limits along the first 99 miles of the freeway in Utah were increased to 80 MPH in August 2013. Photo taken 08/05/13.
The Grassy Mountains appear in the foreground as Interstate 80 advances closer to the northerly turn around the Cedar Mountains. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Old Highway 40 parallels the south side of Interstate 80 to forthcoming Exit 41 at Knolls. The adjacent road is not maintained and drivers are advised to travel it at their own risk. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Knolls consists of a railroad siding along Old Highway 40 to the west of Exit 41. The siding is located near an off-roadding / all terrain vehicle site. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 41) with Old Highway 40 on Interstate 80 east. I-80 Frontage Road accompanies the freeway east from the north end of Exit 41 to Exit 49. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Leading away from Knolls, the white salt flats of the Great Salt Lake Desert disappear from the landscape along Interstate 80 east. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Delle, location of the first gas station since Wendover, is another 27 miles to the east along Interstate 80. Salt Lake City is just over an hour away. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Interstate 80 bends northeast by the Grayback Hills to enter Ripple Valley beyond Exit 49. Photo taken 08/05/13.
A diamond interchange (Exit 49) joins I-80 with Clive Road in one mile. Clive is a siding along the Union Pacific Railroad. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Clive Road connects Interstate 80 with Clive Complex Road and a railroad facility outside the Utah Test and Training Range South. The road is unpaved as it leads north from I-80 Frontage Road to Swan Wall Road along the Grayback Hills. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Exit 49 departs Interstate 80 eastbound for Clive Road. No services are available here. Motorists instead must continue to Exit 70 for gas and food. Photo taken 07/03/16.
A 6.4 mile straight away takes Interstate 80 across Ripple Valley to Exit 56. A series of drowsy drivers safety signs lines this stretch. Photo taken 07/03/16.
The west slopes of the Cedar Mountains rise to the southeast of Interstate 80 and a Union Pacific Railroad line. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Nearing the Grassy Mountain rest area along Interstate 80 east. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Motorists reach the rest area at milepost 54. The facility accommodates 24 cars and 15 trucks or recreational vehicles. Photo taken 07/03/16.
A reassurance marker for I-80 east stands between the rest area on-ramp and upcoming Exit 56. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Aragonite represents yet another siding along the Union Pacific Railroad. The site is 3.1 miles to the southwest of Exit 56. Photo taken 07/03/16.
One half mile ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 56) with Aragonite Road on I-80 east. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Interstate 80 across western Utah is a part of both the California Trail and Pony Express auto tour routes. Signs are posted periodically along the freeway. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Aragonite Road stems south from old U.S. 40 (I-80 Frontage Road) and Exit 56 to Hastings Pass road and a plant entrance. Gravel Site Road winds northward onto the Grassy Mountains from near Exit 56 as well. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Turning more north, Interstate 80 circumvents the northern slopes of the Cedar Mountains to Skull Valley. Photo taken 07/03/16.
This mileage sign along Interstate 80 east provides the distance to Grantville (35 miles via Exit 84 and SR 138) and Salt Lake City (64 miles). Photo taken 07/03/16.
The Union Pacific Railroad line converges with Interstate 80 ahead of the distant Skunk Ridge. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Chevrons line the curve of Interstate 80 east as it enters the gap between Skunk Ridge and the Cedar Mountains. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Puddle Valley Highway overtakes old U.S. 40 along the north side of Interstate 80 to the diamond interchange (Exit 62) with Interstate 80. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Peering south from Interstate 80 at the adjacent Union Pacific Railroad line and peaks of the north Cedar Mountains. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Puddle Valley Highway runs north from Exit 62 through Puddle Valley to Box Elder County. Lakeside Road extends the road north from there to the Utah Test and Training Range North military area and Lakeside, a railroad siding along Great Salt Lake. Photo taken 07/03/16.
Continuing east from Exit 62, Interstate 80 turns south to bypass the distant Lakeside Mountains. Photo taken 10/28/11.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/28/11 by Garrett Smith.
  • 08/05/13 by AARoads.
  • 07/03/16 by AARoads.

Page Updated 07-30-2016.