Just 34 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Tooele is one of the best base camps for Utah's West Desert and Bonneville Salt Flats. The area boasts top ATV trails (check out the Prospector Trail Complex), hiking trails and great gaming and hunting. Top human-made attractions include Deseret Peak Complex and Utah Motorsports Campus. If you're looking to stay in the town, consider driving or hiking to the Bingham Mine Overlook or attending a weekend star party at the Stansbury Park Observatory.

Discover Tooele

  • I Spy

    I Spy

    A lone desert cow set against the soft-toned landscape.

  • Wild Horses

    Wild Horses

    A popular site along backways and trails in Utah's West Desert.

  • Simpson Springs

    Simpson Springs

    Near the Prospector Trail Complex in Utah's West Desert.

  • Prospector Trail Complex

    Prospector Trail Complex

    An overlook along the Simpson Mountains

  • Prospector Trail Complex

    Prospector Trail Complex

    Russ Steadman along the historic Pony Express National Historic Trail route.

  • Prospector Trail Complex

    Prospector Trail Complex

    A Simpson Mountains overlook

Local Highlights

Utah Motorsports Campus

One of the nation’s premier motorsports facilities, this campus has hosted events ranging from the Utah Grand Prix and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah to the Pirelli World Challenge, AMA Superbike Championship and NASCAR. The Campus lures racing fans, club racers and families looking for high-speed fun on the Kart Track or Wide Open Wednesday (WOW) laps and classroom sessions.

Deseret Peak Wilderness

Deseret Peak Wilderness is located in the Stansbury Mountains of Tooele County, near the towns of Tooele and Grantsville, not far from the Great Salt Lake. This semi-arid wilderness is part of the Great Basin ecosystem. It contains rugged terrain and high peaks that include Deseret Peak itself at 11,030 feet, and many steep-walled canyons shadowed by rocky outcroppings.

Benson Grist Mill

This mill was made of rock and wood by skilled pioneer artisans over 150 years ago. From 1854 to the 1940s, the Benson Mill processed wheat and corn by the ton. Now, this historic site hosts monthly events, including a farmers market, garden tour and pumpkin walk. Learn more

Pony Express National Historic Trail

This National Historic Trail follows the path of the Pony Express riders, a horse-relay system that helped mail cross the continent in a matter of days, rather than weeks for a brief time from 1859–1860. The route is hardly less rugged than it was in the Pony Express days, with the exception of an improved dirt road, intermittent plaques and historic sites and blossomed cities on the perimeters. See: West Desert Ramble and the Pony Express itinerary

Prospector OHV Backway Complex

This complex offers 440 miles of backcountry trails along old mining and historic county roads. Check out the Sheeprock Mountains Loop and the Simpson Mountains Loop. They are open for public use and maintained. 

What's Nearby?

Topaz Museum

The Topaz Museum on the south side of the wide U.S. Highway 50 that doubles as Delta’s main street is a no less an anomaly in its space than the nearby square mile “city” Japanese internment camp it commemorates (at 10000 West 4500 North, Delta). The modern, austere lines of the museum exterior give way to a thoughtful procession of five distinct spaces in the interior exhibits, where modern geographical context combine with deeply problematic historical events.

Manti LDS Temple

Perched atop a rising knoll known as Temple Hill, the Manti LDS Temple stands as a testament to the faith of the Scandinavian Mormon settlers who financed and built it. While the gothic and French revival structure is not open to the public, visitors can explore the expansive grounds of Temple Hill, the 2.5 acres of the nearby Pioneer Heritage Gardens or stop by in summer for the Mormon Miracle Pageant. Nearby Ephraim and Salina offer addition restaurants, galleries and accommodations, plus access to Palisade State Park and the ATV, hiking and horse trails of the Manti-La Sal National Forest and Wasatch Plateau.

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