Silver Island peaks are gold to those who love exploring remote Utah


Early explorers and pioneers often found precisely the right words to describe land formations as they named features they encountered while trekking west.

On July 27, 1850, for example, Robert Chalmers led a group of about 300 gold miners headed to California across the Bonneville Salt Flats using the Hastings Cutoff. Seeing a mountain range devoid of perennial streams and with sparse vegetation, he called them the Barren Mountains.