94. A-17 Big Mountain – Look For

Looking toward the Salt Lake Valley from Big Mountain
A stone monument at Big Mountain turnout
A plaque provides information about the Donner Party and the Mormon Pioneers.

View a large stone monument in the middle of the turnout. Walk to the edge of the parking area and look west to see the grand view once shared by emigrants on the Hastings Cutoff and Mormon Pioneer trails. Now look at the ground beyond the edge of the parking area. The deep scars that dive straight down the mountain are wagon ruts, gouged into the earth by skidding wheels and deepened by years of erosion.

Today’s UT-65 twists and turns down the mountain, crossing and re-crossing the old trail scar. Watch for crossings, marked by auto tour route signs with trail logos, as you continue along the highway.