Stansbury Mountains

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Stansbury Mountains
Butte in Great Salt Lake Desert-750px.JPG
View south-southeast, from Timpie area
Highest point
Peak Deseret Peak
Elevation 11,035 ft (3,363 m)
Coordinates 40°27′34.25″N 112°37′34.76″W / 40.4595139°N 112.6263222°W / 40.4595139; -112.6263222
Length 28 mi (45 km) N-S
Stansbury Mountains is located in Utah
Stansbury Mountains
Stansbury Mountains
Stansbury Mountains
in Utah
Country United States
State Utah
Regions Great Basin Desert and Great Salt Lake Desert
County Tooele
Range coordinates 40°31′02″N 112°38′01″W / 40.5171636°N 112.6335728°W / 40.5171636; -112.6335728Coordinates: 40°31′02″N 112°38′01″W / 40.5171636°N 112.6335728°W / 40.5171636; -112.6335728
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The Stansbury Mountains are a 28-mile (45 km) long[1] mountain range located in eastern Tooele County, Utah.[2] The north end of the range borders the southwest of the Great Salt Lake at Stansbury Bay.

The range trends north-south, and lies in the region of the southeast Great Salt Lake Desert. Dugway (and the Dugway Proving Ground) is adjacent southwest at the desert's perimeter; Skull Valley trends north from Dugway, and is the west border of the Stansbury Mountains.

The south of the range contains the Deseret Peak Wilderness, with much of the range as part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.


southeast view of west Stansburys, (over Skull Valley), from Cedar Mountain Wilderness, in the Cedar Mountains

The range trends north-south, and is connected with a similar trending range at the south, the Onaqui Mountains. The range is widest at the south, about 10-mi, and narrows to about 6-mi[3] at the Great Salt Lake.

The highpoint of the range is Deseret Peak, 11,035 feet (3,363 m), in the Deseret Peak Wilderness. The range is mostly a massif, with a continuous ridgeline from north-to-south; the last 3-mi north narrows to Long Rock Basin at Timpie. Timpie Springs Waterfowl Management Area at the lakeshore, borders Timpie, and the range's foothill.

Skull Valley borders the range's west, with the Skull Valley Indian Reservation at the southwest foothills, and north of Dugway. Tooele Valley borders the range's east, with the communities of Burmester, Grantsville, and Rush Valley.


View ESE of northwest region at Delle, northeast foothills of Cedar Mountains

Utah State Route 196 traverses the Skull Valley from Dugway south, to Iosepa, valley center, then to Timpie. Only unimproved roads access the west side of the range.

The east side of the range contains numerous communities, and the Tooele Army Depot at multiple sites. Utah Route 138 traverses the range's northeast to Grantsville from I-80. Interstate 80 lies at the north end of the range at Timpie, connecting Delle west to Burmester east.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Utah, DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer, p. 16-17, 24-25.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Stansbury Mountains
  3. ^ DeLorme Atlas, p. 16-17.

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