Landslides: Events and Information

House damaged by the April 6, 2004 debris flow in Farmington, Utah

Landslides are common natural hazards in Utah. They often strike without warning and can be destructive and costly. Common types of landslides in Utah are debris flows, slides, and rock falls.

Many landslides are associated with rising ground-water levels due to rainfall, snowmelt, and landscape irrigation.

Therefore, landslides in Utah typically move during the months of March, April, and May, although debris flows associated with intense thunderstorm rainfall are common in July.

Recent Landslide Events

Parkway Drive Landslide, North Salt Lake, August 5, 2014

Fatal Rock Fall, Rockville, December 12, 2013 (pdf)

Springhill Landslide updates, North Salt Lake, Davis County

2011 Landslides in Utah (Click here for pdf)

Rock Fall in Rockville, February 10, 2010

Damaging Landslides 2001-2009

Rock Fall in Provo, April 11, 2009

Landsliding in Northern Utah, Early 2009

Another Year of Damaging Landslides in Northern Utah (2006)
from Survey Notes. Includes South Weber; Sunset Drive and Beechwood Drive, Layton; Creekside Drive, Mountain Green; Sherwood Hills, Provo; and, City Creek Canyon, Salt Lake City.

Creekside Drive Landslides, Mountain Green, Morgan County, 2005-06

2005-06 Creekside Drive area landslides, Mountain Green, Morgan County, Utah, PI-91 (pdf)

Sunset Drive Landslide, Layton, Davis County, April 15, 2006

South Weber Landslide, Davis County, April 9, 2006

Rock Fall in Provo, Utah County, May 12, 2005

Sage Vista Lane Landslide, Cedar Hills, Utah County, April 28, 2005

2005 Sage Vista Lane Landslide, Cedar Hills, Utah County, PI-89 (pdf)

Kanab Creek Landslide, Kane County, March 12, 2005

South Weber Landslide, Davis County, February 20, 2005

Wildfires and debris flows in northern Utah 2000 – 2004 (pdf)

Debris Flows near Spring Lake & Santaquin, Utah County, July 26, 2004

East Capitol Blvd.-City Creek Landslide, Salt Lake County, April 9, 2004

Debris Flows in Farmington, Davis County, April 6, 2004

Rock Fall near Devils Slide, Morgan County, March 22, 2004

Slide Show

  • Mountain Green, Morgan County, 2001
  • Layton, Davis County, 2001
  • Jeremy Ranch, Summit County, 2002
  • Cedar City, Iron County, 2002
  • Santa Clara, Washington County, 2002-2003

Spring Lake & Santaquin debris flow photos, Utah County, September 2002

2001 Heather Drive Landslide, Layton, Davis County, PI-88 (pdf)

Landslide Maps & Database

Landslide susceptibility map of Utah, M-228 (pdf)

Landslide Maps by 30′ x 60′ Quadrangle

Preliminary Landslide History Database of Utah, 1850-1978

Technical Reports (pdf)

Investigation of the December 12, 2013, fatal rock fall at 368 West Main Street, Rockville, Utah, RI-273

Investigation of the February 10, 2010, rock fall at 274 West Main Street, and preliminary assessment of rock-fall hazard, Rockville, Washington County, Utah, RI-270

East Provo rock fall, April 11, 2009

Springhill landslide, North Salt Lake, Utah, update through 2008

Snowmelt-induced ground-water fluctuations in selected northern Utah landslides-preliminary results from the 2007-08 landslide water year, OFR-550

Grandview peak rock slide, Salt Lake County, Utah: A possible earthquake-induced landslide?, OFR-518

Draper Heights landslide and other possible earthquake-induced, shallow, disrupted soil and rock slides in Draper, Utah, OFR-519

Little Valley landslide, Draper, Utah: Evidence for possible Late Holocene, earthquake-induced reactivation of a large, pre-existing landslide, OFR-520

Active landslides in the Creekside Drive area, Mountain Green, Morgan County, Utah, between June 2005 and December 2006, RI-260

Assessing the stability of landslides – overview of lessons learned from historical landslides in Utah

Slope-stability implications of ground-water-level fluctuations in Wasatch Front landslides and adjacent slopes, northern Utah

South Weber landslide, Davis County, April 9, 2006

Two landslides, Mountain Green, Morgan County, June 2005

Black Mountain debris flow, Iron County, June 2005

Rock fall in Provo, Utah County, May 2005

Sage Vista Lane landslide, Cedar Hills, Utah County, April 2005

Landslides near East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, Provo, Utah County, March 2005

Kanab Creek landslide, Kane County, March 12, 2005

South Weber landslide, Davis County, February 2005

Spring Lake and Santaquin debris flows, Utah County, September 2002

Frontier Drive landslide, Mountain Green, Morgan County, February 2001

East Sunset Drive, Layton, Davis County, April 1998 (see pages 28-35)

What, Why, and Where: General Information about Utah Landslides

The Utah Geological Survey’s Role

Read about the Utah Geological Survey’s Geologic Hazards Program