Road to the Spiral Jetty
(September 2, 2002). 28 min.
Description of work:
The video is a of a group of friends on the road to the Spiral Jetty. The video begins at the Golden Spike Visitors Bureau--the last official mark on the State Parks Service map--and then follows the written directions of Nancy Holt (Robert Simithson’s wife) to the first sighting of the Spirla Jetty
Spiral Jetty (Detailed directions)
1. Go to the Golden Spike National Historic Site (GSNHS), 30 miles west of Brigham City, Utah. The Spiral Jetty is 15.5 dirt-road miles southwest of the GSNHS.
To get there (from Salt Lake City) take I-80 north approximately 65 miles to the Corinne exit, just west of Brigham City, Utah. Exit and proceed 2.5 miles west, on State Highway 83, to Corinne. Proceed through Corinne, and drive another 17.7 miles west, still on highway 83, to Lampo Junction. Turn west off highway 83 at Lampo, and drive 7.7 miles up the east side of Promontory Pass to the GSNHS.
2. From the Visitor Center at the GSNHS, drive 5.6 miles west on the main dirt road running west from the Center. Remember to take the country dirt road running west from the Center. Remember to take the country dirt road…not the railroad grade.
3. Five point six miles will bring you to an intersection. From this vantage you can see the lake. And looking southwest, you can see the low foot hills that make up Rozel Point, 9.9 miles distant.
4. At this intersection the road forks: One road continues west and the other goes south. Take the south fork. Both roks are Box Elder Country Class D (maintained ) roads.
5. Immediately you cross a cattle guard Call this cattle guard #1. Incuding this one, you will cross four cattle guards before you reach Rozel Point and the Spiral Jetty.
6. Drive 1.3 miles south. Here you will see a corral on the west side of the road. Here too, the road again forks. One fork continues south along the Promontory Mountains. This road leads to a locked gate. The other fork goes southwest toward the bottom of the valley and Rozel Point. Turn onto the southwest fork, just north of the coral.
7. After you turn southwest, you will go 1.7 miles to cattle guard #2. Here, besides the cattle guard, you will find a fence but no gate.
8. Continue southeast 1.2 miles to cattle guard #3, a fence, a gate, and a sign on the gate which reads, "Promontory Ranch."
9. Another .50 miles will bring you to a fence but no cattle guard and no gate.
10. Continue 2.3 miles south/southwest to a combination fence, cattle guard #4, iron-pipe gate…and a sign declaring the property behind the fence to be that of the Rafter S Ranch. Here too, is a "No Trespassing" sign.
11. If you choose to continue sought for another 2.3 miles, and around the east side of Rozel Point, you will see the Lake and a jetty (not the Spiral Jetty) left by oil drilling exploration in the 1950’s. As you approach the Lake, you will see an abandoned, pink and white trailer (mostly white), an old army amphibious landing craft, an old Dodge truck…and other assorted trash.
The trailer is the key to finding the road tot he Spiral Jetty. As you drive slowly past the trailer, turn immediately to the west, passing on the south side of the Dodge, and onto the two-track trail that contours above the oil-drilling debris below. This is not much of a road! In fact, at first glance it might not look to be a road at all. Go slow! The road is narrow; brush might scratch your vehicle, and the rocks, if not properly negotiated, could high center your vehicle.
12. Drive .6 miles west/northwest around Rozel Point and look toward the Lake. The Spiral Jetty should be in sight.