Building the Dam

As I’ve slowly discovered, Salt Lake has a ton of cool stuff to offer. From small hidden shops, to low key bars, outdoor activities, and many more this city is certainly growing on me. At first, Salt Lake seemed simple. It seemed as if there wasn’t a whole lot going on due to the lack of sports combined with the vibe of a massive suburb as oppose to a busy city. As I’ve discovered there’s a lot more to this place than meets the eye.

Go Have Fun Shoot the Tube Utah

The Entrance from the Top of the Tube

Although I haven’t actually done it yet myself, Salt Lake has a natural water slide that is commonly known as “shoot the tube.” Shoot the tube consists of a massive, few hundred yard long, underground pipe that drains snow runoff away from the highways. The pipe is located directly under where I-215 and I-80 meet.

The Exit at the Bottom of the Tube

The Exit at the Bottom of the Tube

The concept sounds somewhat dangerous and it can be, but if done properly shoot the tube looks like it would be one hell of a time. The water flow is rather weak, so in order to make the slide more interesting a dam is required to be built at the top in order to build up water. Then a rope is pulled after a few minutes of damming the water. The snow run off then creates a fast natural water slide through the tube. Participants are then dumped out into a natural pool at the bottom.

Building the Dam

Building the Dam

The area around the slide is also rather fascinating. There is graffiti everywhere and fire pits every few hundred feet. Although somewhat hard to get to, this would be a great place to go to cool off and have some summer fun. A small grill could be carried up to the top of the slide where there is a flat spot to cook out and chill with the homies. Even though I haven’t done shoot the tube myself, I can guarantee it’s definitely worth checking out! I know I’ll be heading there in the near future!

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