Tooele Army Depot (TEAD), spans a whopping 23,610 acres in norther Utah about 40 miles from Salt Lake City. The base contains 1,093 buildings and 902 igloos, with over 2,483,000 square feet of storage space for military equipment. This allows the depot to efficiently carry out their responsibilities, which include storing, shipping, receiving, inspecting, demilitarization, and maintenance. Tooele is not known solely for its military support capabilities. Its close proximity to The Great Salt Lake makes it a great place for recreation. Whether you wish to work or play, or both, you can find whatever you’re looking for at TEAD.
You may notice several Indian reservations while making your way toward Tooele Army Depot. That’s because the site was built in a predominantly Numic-speaking area that continues to display their Native American culture today.
The Army Depot, originally classified as an ordinance depot, was established in 1942 mainly to store military items during World War II. Since then, its role has shifted from supply of military ammunition to a variety of vehicles, topographic items, and generators.
Tooele Army Depot has several departments and facilities:
- Engineering Services
- Live Fire Test Range
- Test Facility
- Manufacture Metal Parts
- Pilot Model Shop
- Logistical Operations
The base is also highly eco-friendly. In fat, the Tooele Army Depot was awarded the 31st Annual Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award and the 2009 Federal Energy & Water Management Awards for their water conservation efforts.
Hotel options in Tooele are plentiful:
- Comfort Inn and Suites: (801) 250-3600
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tooele: (435) 833-0500
- Best Western Inn Tooele: (435) 882-5010
You might want to live on-post if you or a spouse plans on working at Tooele Army Depot. Call (435) 833-2124 for more information. There may a waiting period, so be sure to reserve temporary lodging before obtaining your PCS to Tooele Army Depot.
Aside from its purpose of supporting the military, Tooele is perhaps best known for its incredible recreation opportunities. The facility provides several MWR activities for armed forces and their families, including:
- Fitness Center (Mon-Fri 6:30am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-1pm)
- Outdoor Recreation (Mon-Thurs 2pm-7pm) (Summer: Mon/Thurs 11am-7pm, Tues/Wed 2pm-7pm)
Deseret Reservoir Recreation Area (all week dusk-dawn). For more information, contact +1 (435) 833-3100.
Tooele’s site also sits near:
- Dow James Memorial Park
- Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum
- Tooele Pioneer Museums
- Tooele Valley Railroad Museum
- Oquirrh Hills Golf Course
- Pratt Aquatic Center
For Youth and Family Services during both the school year and summer, visit Toole City Department of Parks and Recreation.
- Copper Canyon School: (435) 843-3820
- East School: (435) 833-1951
- Clark N. Johnson Junior High: (435) 833-1939
- Tooele High School: (435) 833-1978
- Blue Peak High School: (435) 833-8700
- St. Marguerite’s Catholic: (435) 882-0081