Family Day at Spiral Jetty

KUED, Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College, Hawk Watch International, and UMFA members are invited to a day of science, art and exploration of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty on Saturday, July 26, from 10 am to 1 pm.

You can RSVP at: kued.org/spiral-jetty.

There's so much to explore about Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty!

There’s so much to explore about Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty!

This is a chance to create salty artwork of your own, and discover the creatures that make Great Salt Lake so unique. UMFA will bring the paper, brushes and paint to let you create a watercolor landscape of Spiral Jetty and Rozel Point at Great Salt Lake. You can even use salt from the lake to make a unique salt texture on your watercolor! Children will take home a sand bucket filled with goodies to explore the outdoors and begin their Utah Bucket List summer.

Family Day at the Spiral Jetty is a great chance to explore your creative side!

Family Day at the Spiral Jetty is a great chance to explore your creative side!

UMFA will also have their Spiral Jetty interactive family backpacks to check out for free. These backpacks are usually checked out at the UMFA in Salt Lake City to take out to Spiral Jetty to learn about the history, art and science around the artwork. Lots of fun activities are in the backpack including ways to interact with the landscape and science using tools like a microscope, binoculars, a compass, a thermometer, and maps. A sketchbook and worksheets help you learn about the artwork and the artist, Robert Smithson. There are even basalt rocks (made of foam) for you to try your hand at making a little jetty.

The UMFA's Spiral Jetty Backpack -- literally, check one out!

The UMFA’s Spiral Jetty Backpack — literally, check one out!

So, how do you get there?

With the right information, getting to Spiral Jetty is a snap!

With the right information, getting to Spiral Jetty is a snap!

Spiral Jetty is about 2.5 hrs from Salt Lake City.

1. From Salt Lake City take I-15 north approximately 65 miles to the Corinne exit (exit 365), just west of Brigham City, Utah. Exit and turn right onto Route 13 to Corinne. *LAST GAS STATION is in Corinne.

2. Past Corinne, the road becomes Highway 83. Continue west for 17.7 miles. Follow signs to Golden Spike National Historic Site (GSNHS) Visitor Center.

3. Turn left onto Golden Spike Road and continue 7.7 miles up the east side of Promontory Pass to Golden Spike National Historic Site Visitor Center. *LAST BATHROOMS are at the Visitor Center. *LAST CELL RECEPTION.

4. From the Visitor Center, drive 5.6 miles west on the main gravel road to a fork in the road. Continue left, heading west. *There are small white signs directing you the entire way to Spiral Jetty.

5. Cross a cattle guard. Call this cattle guard #1. Including this one, you cross four cattle guards before you reach Rozel Point and Spiral Jetty.

6. Drive 1.3 miles south to a second fork in the road. Turn right onto the southwest fork, and proceed 1.7 miles to cattle guard #2.

7. Continue southeast 1.2 miles to cattle guard #3.

8. Continue straight 2.8 miles south-­southwest to cattle guard #4 and an iron-­pipe gate.

9. Drive south for another 2.7 miles around the east side of Rozel Point. You will see the north arm of Great Salt Lake and an old oil jetty (not Spiral Jetty) left by old drilling explorations.

10. The road curves turning north and ends at a parking lot directly next to Spiral Jetty.

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