Tooele is located just on the other side of the Oquirrh Mountains from Salt Lake City. While it’s just a short drive along Interstate 80 to get into the city, it can feel a world away from Utah’s largest metropolitan area. Tooele was formed in the mid-19th-century around the Benson Grist Mill (a replica of it is still standing), which processed corn and wheat. Later, it became a vital link on the Pony Express mail route from America’s western coast to the state of Missouri. Future endeavors for the town included mining for gold, using it as a weapons testing site, and as an auto racing venue (Bonneville Salt Flats), and as a bedroom community to Salt Lake City.
While not particularly fast, it is possible to use public transportation to reach the city when you book an RV in Tooele. While Salt Lake City is known for its wide streets, parking can still be difficult to find for a large RV rental.
The Great Outdoors
The nearby Stansbury Mountains are an excellent place to go if you get a camper rental in Tooele and want to get into some big mountain hiking. The crown jewel of the Stansburys is the 11,000-foot Deseret Peak, which stands as a lush alpine wilderness above the stark desert landscapes surrounding the Great Salt Lake. From its summit, you can even see the Wasatch Mountains on the other side of Salt Lake City and the Bonneville Salt Flats to the northwest.
For watersports, consider taking a trip to the southeast to Saratoga Springs on Utah Lake. There are several good places to rent a kayak in nearby Lehi and a few good places to hang out on the shore if you don’t feel like paddling. Note that Utah Lake is not as salty as the Great Salt Lake, so you won’t float as easily in it. If water sports aren’t your thing, there are also a couple of golf courses nearby if you’re hoping to hit the links when you get a travel trailer rental in Tooele.
RV Parks near Tooele
When you get an RV rental in Tooele, one of the closest places to stay is at the Vorwaller Homestead and RV Park, which is right in the middle of town. They have full hookups at each of their spacious sites along with easy access to Interstate 80.
For a rustic experience, consider taking your motorhome rental from Tooele to Legion Park Campground just south of town. Sites are equipped with full hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. Excellent hiking is just outside the campground in Settlement Canyon and Left Hand Fork Canyon, so you won’t need to go far for outdoor adventure. Grantsville Reservoir Campground to the west of town is another good choice if you don’t mind having just the basics. They also have picnic tables and fire rings.
An even more rugged camping experience can be had near the Bonneville Salt Flats at Silver Island Mountains near West Wendover, NV. There are absolutely no amenities here, but you’ll most likely have the place to yourself and some pretty amazing views to enjoy. There’s also the option of camping in the local Walmart’s parking lot. With manager permission, you can usually stay for a few days without any trouble, but you won’t have any amenities there, so come prepared.
Exploring the Town of Tooele
Despite its small size, Tooele has quite a bit to offer the traveler willing to look for it. For instance, the Ophir Historic District a few miles north of town gives a glimpse into what life was like during the region’s mining days in the late 19th century. On display are replicas of the wooden shacks that many residents lived and worked in, along with all sorts of equipment ranging from hand tools to cash registers to sewing machines. Benson’s Grist Mill is another important stop on a historical tour of Tooele as it was one of the first major employers in the town. Today the mill is the centerpiece of a small village of historical buildings collected from around the state.
The Utah Motorsports Campus is also a short drive to the west when you get an RV rental in Tooele and it’s home to a 4.5-mile racetrack where a number of high profile car races are held. Bonneville Salt Flats is a bit farther west and is one of the most famous sites in the history of automobiles as the incredibly level salt flats are perfect for testing high-speed vehicles. You can even go hiking along the flats to feel the otherworldliness of the terrain for yourself.
If you’re bringing the kids along for a summer adventure, you might want to set aside some time for the Pratt Aquatic Center. There are a few different swimming pools there, and even a slide. There’s also a movie theater with several screens nearby, making for the perfect hangout on a hot afternoon.