Explore Stansbury Island
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- Unique scenery you won't find many other places
- Amazing sunrises and sunsets
- Incredible reflection photography shots
Rarely will you ever see another person at the underrated Stansbury Island, the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake in Utah - even though a dirt causeway connects it to land, it is still considered an island. The lack of crowds make this a very chill place to camp out, shoot photos, and enjoy the sunrise or sunset. Just about an hour drive from Downtown Salt Lake City, you will find Stansbury Island and its many lakes. The lack of crowds also includes a lack of rangers or maintenance so the place is pretty rugged - as always, be careful and stay safe.
There are no official campgrounds at Stansbury Island but you'll see several camper-made fire pits around. The majority of the land is BLM owned, which means camping is allowed virtually anywhere. There are small plots of private property so keep an eye out for signs and be sure to be respectful of these land owners and not camp on their property. During the winter months it gets very chilly and windy here so bring good, warm gear!
- Picnic essentials
- Drinks (water+)
- Warm jacket
- Waterproof/ hiking shoes
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Had a great time boondocking and exploring the area. We only saw one other camping group there and had plenty of space to ourselves. Climbed a little peak (~6,000') next to the road for great views of the salt flats and lake. Definitely drive to the end of the island to the viewpoint, where there are pink salt flats! Whoever said this is a "gay nudist swinger" hangout must be a very judgmental and lonely person. We didn't see any nudists 😂 but even if we did I'm sure they would have been nicer than that reviewer. Definitely a great spot for free camping, fun exploring, and lots of solitude 🌄❤️
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So this place is really incredible but just a word of caution if you are not familiar with the area.... The salt flats are incredible but deceiving. We buried a jeep (rental) up to the frame in the salt and spent the better part of 4 hours digging/ pulling it out with the assistance a friendly couple that luckily were out on the flats. After getting dug out we set up camp... This is where the fun starts... Turns out that Stansbury Island happens to be a meeting place for a large group of Gay Nudist Swingers... Very friendly people but they may be looking for more of an adventure than you are.... I would suggest Spiral Jetty on the North side of the lake as a backup if sinking sand and Nudist swingers ain't your thing.
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