Silver Island Mountain National Back Country Byway
Length: 54.0 mi / 86.9 km
Time to Allow: 2 or 3 hours to drive the byway.
Restrictions: Portions of this byway may require a high-clearance type vehicle.
Follow the Silver Island Mountain National Back Country Byway along its 54-mile loop around the Silver Island Mountains and through Utah's Great Basin Desert. Revel in the solitude of Silver Island Mountains as you hike, mountain bike, or rockhound on rocky terraces and watch some of the world's fastest vehicles zoom across the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Only four miles east of Wendover, Utah, the byway runs through a desert landscape marked with geological remnants of the region's volcanic past. Remnants of more recent history take the form of wagon wheel ruts embedded into the Historic California Trail which runs along the byway's north end.
On the Silver Island Mountain National Back Country Byway, you’ll discover a place where mountains are islands protruding from Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert, where history is manifested in the form of wheel ruts, and where world speed records are made and broken. Take the 54-mile loop around the Silver Island Mountains, and you’ll be surprised by all it has to offer.