Tooele County and Surrounding Area
Attraction, Amenities, Activities and Entertainment
Utah hosted the 2004 Winter Olympics due to its close proximity to ten world-class ski resorts. Salt Lake City is set between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake and appeals to many families and individuals interested in outdoor sports. In the winter, skiing is the most popular, but during the remainder of the year, people enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, fishing and boating just outside the city limits. In addition,, sports enthusiasts enjoy professional basketball (Utah Jazz), hockey (Utah Grizzlies), soccer (Real Salt Lake), baseball (Salt Lake Bees) and University Football and Basketball (Utah Utes). Professional theater, ballet and symphony are enjoyed as well. Business owners find the well-educated, highly ambitious work force essential to successful investments.
Airports: The Salt Lake City International Airport is located 33 miles east of Grantsville off of Interstate 80.
Bolinder Field – Tooele Valley Airport, named in honor of the late Lester A. Bolinder, is minutes from the Utah Motorsports Park and Bolinder Ranch. The airfield accommodates business jets and comparable aircraft and makes travel into the area very convenient. Bolinder field covers an area of 612 acres and sits at 4,322 feet elevation above sea level. Bolinder field has one runway designated 17/35 with an asphalt surface of 6,100 feet x 100 feet.
Utah Motorsports Park: The Utah Motorsports Park was designed and built by NBA Jazz owner, Larry Miller, resulting in a national standard for road racing and carting equal or superior to any existing North American facility. Utah Motorsports Park is a major national road race event center attracting premier racing events to Utah and the greater Salt Lake market with resulting in high numbers of enthusiast participation by competitors and no-competitors alike.
International racers, including michael Jordan’s race team, have that Utah Motorsports Park is the “best in the world” with every amenity expected at world-class events. The Corporate Clubhouse is also used during the week as the main Corporate Entertainment Center at the park.
Big Shot Ranch Shooting Range was developed and designed by one of the three partners, Bruce Bolinder. The range offers the ultimate unique firearms experience for corporate events, private groups and social gatherings. It sits on 67 acres and includes a 300-yard rifle range, a 50-yard paved interactive pistol range, a 10-station sporting clays range, the club favorite and a 5-stand operation with 17 throwers. The 2,800 sq. ft. clubhouse includes classroom seating for up to 50 people, a board room setting for corporate training, brain storming and retreats, billiards, a fully equipped kitchen, a 2,000 sq. ft. deck and of course, the spectacular armory.
Deseret Peak Complex opened in 1999 and has brought an impressive array of venues, events and activities to the area. These events include concerted, demolition derbies and professional rodeos. The complex is also full of family fun activities that include several full-size baseball diamond fields, winning pools, water parks, go-kart and dirt bike racing tracks.
Casinos – Only 90 miles away in Wendover, Nevada is a bustling collection of luxurious casino resorts, a golf course and a 2,500-seat concert facility that books popular national performers.
The Oquirrh Mountains to the east can match tree-for-tree anything the Wasatch Range. The tallest mountain in the Oquirrh Range is Lowe Peak at 10,590 feet. The range is 30 miles long and is home to one of the state’s largest Elk herds with some of Utah’s trophy Bull Elk. The Oquirrhs also hold some of Utah’s more scenic and historic canyons, such as Settlement Canyon and Reservoir; Dry Canyon, where the ghost town Jacob City is located and Soldier Canyon,,, once a hotbed for early mining. The arid desert land to the west holds more mysteries, history and attractions than do some of the more mountainous regions.
Pony Express Route – The old Pony Express route runs through the county east to west. The only thing that has changed since the first riders took to the saddle back in 1860 is time.
Bonneville Salt Flats – In the northwestern corner of the county is the Bonneville Salt Flats, made famous by anything with wheels. Many world speed records have been set here and many have yet to be broken. The Salt Flats are spread over about 30,000 acres. The flats up close look like a sea of snow, but are a bed of common table salt that is bonded to create a perfectly flat racing surface.
Great Salt Lake / Prehistoric Lake Bonnevile – The Great Salt Lake has many beaches and is a popular place for sailing. The beautiful lake is also the source for about 80 percent of Utah’s wetlands and home to about 250 species of birds. Nowadays the high salinity of the lake can run from 4 percent to 28 percent – compared to the salinity of oceans that are around 3 percent salinity.
Stansbury Island is now a peninsula in the southwest corner of the Great Salt Lake that is 11 miles long and 4 miles wide. A portion of the Island is accessible to the public and is a very popular place in the spring and fall with trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The trails are of varying degrees of difficulty and length while offering participants outstanding views and unique geography.
Ancient Cave Adventures – Danger Cave, east of Wendover, Nevada was formed by wave action from Lake Bonnevile. The cave was home to some of the earliest residents of the area. Artifacts found in the cave date back 11,000 years.
19th Century Gold and Silver Mining Ghost Towns – The Oquirrh Mountains offered up tons of minerals to early miners who arrived to work what they could and left behind ghost towns when the ore ran out.
Donner Reed Party – Much has been written about the Donner Reed Party’s ill-fated trek across Great Salt Lake Desert in 1846 where they ran out of water and nearly perished. The travelers eventually found Donner Springs at the base of Pilot Peak near Wendover, Nevada then made their way on to the snow-covered Sierra Mountains where they were traded for the winter. ADonner-Reed Museum in Grantsville features many interesting artifacts and stories.
Year Round Scuba Diving – Blue Lake is located along a dirt road, out in the middle of beautiful rangeland and near the ghost town of Gold Hill, south of Wendover. This spring-fed lake is very popular with swimmers and divers. There are fish and various structures to explore, including old bunker boats. Fall and winter are great times to dive.
Hunting – The ranch and surrounding areas has trophy mule deer, elk, mountains lions, with turkeys and a variety of upland game birds.