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From New York to Lucin: A journey to the Sun Tunnels
Land art » West Desert home to iconic Nancy Holt creation.


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For the few who take the time to explore the Sun Tunnels, the desert experience offers a unique perspective on a desolate part of Utah that serves as a strange sort of art gallery.

wharton@sltrib.com

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Directions to the Sun Tunnels

From Interstate 80, take the Bonneville Speedway Exit 4 off Interstate 80 just east of Wendover and head north. The road will make a right angle turn to the right about 11/2 miles from the exit. At that point, bear left onto Leppy Pass Road, which is marked with a sign for the TL Bar Ranch. Stay on the main road, which bears left at the pass. Note the odometer here, and follow this road. It traverses the eastern side of Pilot Peak, passes the TL Bar Ranch, and continues north. Forty miles from the pass you will come to a dirt road heading east at a right angle. Turn right here. The tunnels are visible to the east, a few miles away. After two miles, there will be a road heading south. Take a right on this road. Bear left in a few hundred yards and you will shortly arrive at the Sun Tunnels. If you reach the Lucin ghost town and railroad tracks, you have gone too far.

Left » Bianca Visschers and Noortje van Oostrom, from the Netherlands, explore Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels in northwestern Utah.

Photos by Tom Wharton | The Salt Lake Tribune

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