If you want to feel like you've uncovered something fantastic, you have to check out this whimsical destination. The Spiral Jetty in Utah is a human-made art installation that juts out into the Great Salt Lake and is only visible when the water levels dwindle. It was created in 1970, and worth a visit while it's not submerged.

A piece of art rarely spends some of its 'life' submerged under a lake, but that is precisely what this jetty is, and does.

The Spiral Jetty was created by Robert Smithson in 1970 and sits on the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

After it was created, the lake's water levels rose, and the jetty wasn't seen for almost twenty years.

Since then, depending on water conditions, it has resurfaced and submerged many times over, but right now, you can catch a glimpse of the epic sculpture.

The jetty is made out of basalt rocks, salt crystals, and mud, and stretches over 1,500 feet into the lake.

You can walk down to the lakeshore and wander along it's coiling shape, where your mind will be blown away by the magnificent and strange installation.

Depending on the time of year, the lake could have a film of orange algae or a pink tinge to the waters, creating a whimsical and dreamy backdrop to the already unique setting.

The jetty is free to visit, and for years many people did not even know it existed thanks to its underwater hideout.

To reach it from Salt Lake City is about a 2.5-hour drive. You can take I-15 to exit #365 (about 65 miles) and then on to Route 13. For 17 miles, follow that to Golden Spike Road until you reach a fork, then keep left. 

From there, signs will direct you on toward the jetty.

You can explore this spiral as you wander around the actual lake-bed and feel like you've been whisked away to another land full of salt flats and coiled runways.

Spiral Jetty

Price: Free

Address: Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, UT

Why You Need To Go: This art installation is only visible when the water levels are low.


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