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Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve Visitor Center

Explore our boardwalk, tower, and educational signs.

This award-winning visitor center is located at the heart of the 4,400-acre Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve near Layton.

The center features an open-air pavilion, boardwalk trail through prime birdwatching habitat, and a 30-foot-high observation tower. From a dirt parking lot, visitors can access bathrooms (with running water and modern plumbing), then the boardwalk over the wetland begins. The trail, which is elevated to keep your feet dry, is a flat, one-mile loop. With the exception of the observation tower, the entire trail and visitor center is wheelchair accessible. 

Visitors will find more than 34 educational exhibits located throughout the preserve, featuring fun facts, art, and poetry that teach targeted lessons about the unique Lake system, habitats and spectacular birdlife.

Open Hours:
The visitor center is free of charge and is open:

7 days per week

April - September: 7am to 8pm

October - March:   8am to 5pm

Need Directions?
The visitor center is located near Layton, at the end of 3200 West.

Students and Teachers: learn about our award-winning Wings & Water Wetlands Education Program.

Scouts: The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve is the perfect place to earn badges, claim our new Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve Patch, hold troop meetings, or conduct service projects.  Learn more

For More Information: call (801) 531-0999. 

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