Hiking & Rock Art
Island has two amazing petroglyph sites offering hundreds of images
chipped and etched into the rock. This amazing collection of native
American rock art requires only a short hike and the trailhead is located
40 minutes from Salt Lake City, which
makes this the perfect afternoon adventure for the entire family.
Circle of Friends:
Petroglyphs is part of the "Circle of Friends" program.
Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information,
explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed
maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends"
visit the sign up page.
"Circle of Friends"
Petroglyphs contain numerous panels of rock art. The petroglyphs are
accessible year round in good weather. Spring, winter and fall are the ideal
times for this hike. The island can be very hot and buggy in the summer.
Petroglyphs are rated 1A II
using the Canyon Rating System. A round trip hike to visit the petroglyphs
at Site #1 requires approximately 2 hours. Visiting Site #2 requires an
additional 2 hours. This will allow a reasonable amount of time to explore.
Every member of your hiking party should carry
a minimum of one liter of water. Navigation for this route is easy and
follows a trail most of the way.
The trailhead is
located approximately 40 miles west of Salt Lake City and is accessible to
all vehicles in dry weather conditions.
Stansbury Island is
the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake, it is considered an
island even though a dirt causeway connects it to the mainland. Stansbury
Island was named after Howard Stansbury, the leader of a government
expedition that surveyed the lake in 1851.