The Bountiful City Landfill is a large landfill in the city of Bountiful sitting on the southeast edge of Farmington Bay WMA, and just north of Bountiful Pond. The landfill is bordered by several bodies of water, and mostly empty fields, with some marsh and wetland habitat. The actual landfill is--a landfill, and is used very frequently by locals to dump their trash. Access to the landfill proper has been hit or miss over the years. In the 90's and early 2000's it was as simple as saying you wanted to go look at birds and they would usually let you drive in, just asking that you stay out of the way. In recent years they have form time to time turned birders away. You might even go so far as to pay the fee to dump if you want to get in. The popularity of the location as a birding site has waned in the past decade, mostly due to better, safer access, and gulling opportunities at other locations.
If you were interested in gulls and lived in Utah in the late 90's or early 2000's, you probably spent some time at the Bountiful Landfill plugging your nose, while scanning the various gulls in the middle of winter. In 2004 when a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found here, it became a go to location for birders to search. Aside form the throngs of CALIFORNIA and RING-BILLED GULLS present there were always a nice mix of variously aged HERRING GULLS to look at. THAYER'S GULL could usually be found in the mix, and occasionally GLAUCOUS and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS were picked out. There is even a record for WESTERN GULL. Various other birds you normally find at dumps are here as well--flocks of starlings, blackbirds, pigeons, and ravens are not uncommon. Various raptors hunt the perimeter, and birds form the marshes surrounding can often be heard and seen. I stopped going to the landfill after Lee Kay Ponds and Farmignton Bay really started being the gull magnets they are. There are probably quite a few good gulls still using the dump, and if you live in the area, it might be worth checking from time to time in the winter.
From the Legacy Parkway, take Exit 4 on to 500 South. Head west towards the frontage Road, and continue 2.2 miles. You will pass Bountiful Pond on your left and keep going straight until you reach the entrance to the landfill straight ahead.