The Sun Tunnels really are in the middle of no where Utah, so be prepared with plenty of food, water and gas. The last stop for these things is Wendover, UT. There is no cell service at the tunnels, so I also recommend getting this Utah map book – it’s the best driving book for route finding on dirt roads, plus marks fun/important land marks. Be sure to check the sunrise/sunset times before heading out so you don’t miss the best part!
We decided to check out the Sun Tunnels for Winter Solstice 2017, and because the days are so short and cold, we stayed in Wendover the night before to make the drive easier and shorter. If I were to go again for the summer solstice I would just camp right at the Sun Tunnels – it’s all BLM land so camping is free and dogs are allowed (but again, you need to be self sufficient).
From Wendover, UT head West on I-80 and take exit 378. Drive 42 miles, and turn left for Lucin, UT. Reset your odometer – drive 7.7 miles (you’ll drive over the train tracks in Lucin). AT 7.7 miles you’ll see a very faint sign for the Sun Tunnels, and turn left at the 3-way intersection. Drive another 2.3 miles, then turn right and drive another 0.5 miles. Total drive time from SLC is roughly 3.5 hours (one way).
Here’s a driving map.
There is no trail info, since there is no hiking. Simply walk right up to the tunnels.
As you drive to the Sun Tunnels you will see two of these red metal signs. I had to take these when we left, because it was dark when we arrived.
Waiting for the sun to rise over the cloud.
Thank you random people for letting me get a cool photo!
Finally, the sun was up!
Here’s my “what it really looked like” photo – lots of photographers, tripods, and cars. Everyone was nice and we took turns jumping in the front to snag a photo of the sunrise.
We stuck around after sunrise to get more photos.
I love the glow inside the tunnels during sunrise.
This isn’t really a hike, but more of a “roadside attraction” – taking photos in the Salt Falts off of I-80 near Wendover, UT. There are only a handful of places you can actually get out of your car and walk around the Salt Flats. The Great Salt Lake is the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere – you can read more about it here.
Practicing our balance.
Sarah meditated so deeply she shrunk in size! LOL
Watch out – don’t get squished!