In The Spotlight
BLM Geologist, Larry Garahana, took this photo at Horseshoe Springs on the West bench of the Stansbury Mountains, Tooele County. Garahana conducted a preliminary site assessment in advance of a volunteer service project to refurbish this boardwalk for visitors. In August 2015, BLM worked with volunteers from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Dedicated Hunter Program to replace worn planks on the visitor boardwalk.
Horseshoe Springs is a large natural water source located in Skull Valley, along State Highway 196 and about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City. BLM maintains Horseshoe Springs as a wildlife management area with a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, information kiosk, and interpretive display. Visitors enjoy fishing, wildlife viewing, and local trail history. Frequently seen birds include shorebirds and waterfowl. This is a fee-free area with dispersed camping available across the road at Horseshoe Knolls. The area provides good RV access and OHV riding opportunities. No sanitation facilities are available at these locations, so come prepared. Target shooting is prohibited.
Horseshoe Springs were visited in 1827 by the famous fur trader and western explorer, Jedediah Smith, based on his journal notes of his arduous and near fatal crossing of the Great Basin from California to Utah's Bear Lake. Horseshoe Springs later became a noted feature on the Hastings Cutoff route of the California National Historic Trail. The trail was first pioneered by John Fremont on his 1845 expedition and followed by the infamous Donner Reed emigrant party in 1846. The Hastings Cutoff was dangerous and extremely taxing for emigrant parties--requiring a 90-mile waterless trek across the Great Salt Lake Desert near today's Bonneville Salt Flats. Later, the Hastings Cutoff wagon road in Skull Valley became part of the first route of the Old Lincoln Highway-- a primitive transcontinental automobile route first established in 1913.
Camping fees increased at Clover Spring Campground:
BLM increased site fees at Clover Spring Campground starting on Sept. 15, 2015. Since that date, the following camping fees are now charged:
Single site occupancy = $12 per night
Group site reservation = $45 per night
The need for the fee increase developed due to increased operating costs over the years and was identified in the BLM Salt Lake Field Office Campground Business Plan made available on this website for public review and comment from Nov. 10, 2014 to Jan. 12, 2015. No substantive comments were received. The campground business plan and proposed fee increase was presented at a public meeting of the Utah Recreation Resource Advisory Council on June 23, 2015, and unanimously approved by council members. All camping fees are used directly for the operating costs at BLM campgrounds.