Great Salt Lake Shorelands - TravelStorys

Great Salt Lake Shorelands

Location Trip Time Travel Type
Utah 45 minutes

Each year, between 4 and 6 million migratory shorebirds and waterfowl depend on the Great Salt Lake for survival.

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About this Tour

Imagine an outdoor experience deeply enhanced with stories, historical perspective, fun facts, and natural sounds—with your phone as your tour guide. The Great Salt Lake Shorelands walking tour offers all of this.

The route leads you by the Preserve’s award-winning visitor center. Then, on a one-mile boardwalk loop trail complete with a 30-foot-high wildlife viewing platform. The audio tour offers you a way to learn about and experience the wetlands and their birds while keeping your feet dry!

The Preserve is along the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake in Layton, Utah, between Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area and the Antelope Island State Park Causeway.

The Great Salk Lake Shorelands Preserve is a unique system of salt and fresh water marshes, ponds, sloughs, and mudflats. It is a rich feeding ground for tens of thousands of migrating birds. The birds use the Great Salt Lake as a resting point on their journeys from Canada to Central and South America.

In fact, some of the largest gatherings of wildlife ever recorded on the Great Salt Lake have been observed here.

But on this tour, you will not only learn about birds but also other animals like frogs and foxes, wetland plants, the effects of air pollution.

Tour Sponsors


Since 1984, The Nature Conservancy Utah has worked to safeguard the Great Salt Lake, including the protection of more than 10,000 acres of critical bird habitat.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a leading conservation organization working in Utah and worldwide to protect the land and water on which all life depends. The Conservancy has protected nearly 1 million acres of public and private land in Utah–for people and nature.

From the shores of the Great Salt Lake to the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau, their accomplishments demonstrate that conservation is crucial to making Utah such an incredible place to live, work, and play.

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If you are interested in more audio tours presented by The Utah Nature Conservancy, check out the Scott and Norma Matheson Wetlands Preserve. In addition, you can find many other tours in Utah or wherever your travels may take you at TravelStorys.com. Every place has a story.

Este tour también está disponible en español. Toque el botón de abajo para ver ambas versiones del recorrido. (Tour available in Spanish)