Explore Stansbury Island

Added by Eric Bennett

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!

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What a let down.

So much is private property, there are no trespassing signs everywhere. Gnats are so awful. Lots of people shooting guns. So if you do that- it’s a great spot for it. The burs are terrible and all over the ground- not great for dog feet. #turdburger

Well . . .

I went last night, my first time there in many years. I spent the night. It hasn't change too much. It's not clear to me if it's a combo of private land and BLM land, or BLM land that's leased. Not sure it matters. A huge section of the island is clearly posted as no camping, or even stopping. Where you can camp is regularly visited by gun enthusiasts out there shooting--frequently. Yes, a cool place, but not exactly the kind of land uses happening that make for a comfortable and relaxing camping experience. Good hiking and mountain biking regardless.

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almost 3 years ago

Beautiful location due to the reflections in the water

A lot of reviews talk about how the whole area is private property. I found the best spot to go to is on the southern tip of the island, turn off onto some of the dirt roads at the base of the mountains. You'll see lots of ranges where people go shooting. Be careful. A great access to the tops of the mountains as at Tabbys Canyon (again on the southern end of the Island)

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