Site Advantages

  • Meets Department of Energy site requirements – Temperature greater than 175 °C (~350 °F), At a depth of 2 km (~6500 ft), reservoir formation in crystalline rocks (granite)
  • Environmental Considerations – Free of protected flora and fauna, no identified risks to groundwater
  • Water Rights and Use – No competition with human or agricultural water use or access
  • Seismic Considerations – University of Utah seismic monitoring since 1981, low risk of local and regional seismicity (Recent Earthquake Map and Seismograms)
  • Infrastructure – Within the Utah Renewable Energy Corridor
  • Access for Scientists – Year-round access with supportive federal, state, and private landowners, no high security or sensitive operations exist on the Milford Site
  • Data – Area has been subject of intense investigation and drilling by scientists, students, and geothermal companies since the mid 1970s

Site Accessibility


The Utah FORGE site is on private land close to major paved roads, graded dirt roads, an airport, and a rail line. It is accessible year round, with infrequent rain or snow fall. Lodging and eating establishments are available 16 km (10 mi) away in Milford, or in the larger community of Beaver, Utah, located 50 km (31 mi) further and adjacent to Interstate I–15. Beaver is a 3 hour, 320 km (200 mi) drive from Salt Lake City. Milford is a small agricultural community with a population of 1400 people. The Milford Municipal Airport, located a few miles north of town has a 1524 m (5000 ft) paved runway that can accommodate piston or turboprop single- or twin-engine planes. The area contains no state or federally protected flora, fauna, or historical sites.

Interactive Site Map

site-map Use this ArcGIS interactive map to view the site.

Interactive Maps

Recent Seismicity

seismicTo view seismic information for the FORGE site, follow this link to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations site (UUSS). For individual seismometer records for the last 24 hours, click on a seismometer triangle on the map, and select “view live seismogram”. A map showing all seismometer locations in Utah can be seen by clicking on the “Map Options” button in the upper right corner and selecting the appropriate option. Please note that because of winter weather some stations are currently not transmitting data.