General Mission

Dugway Proving Ground is approximately 90 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah and its location is perfect for test and evaluation activities, with limited impact to the local community. Dugway specializes in assessing protective equipment against chemical and biological threats and its motto is “Empowering the Nation’s Defenders.”

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Local Attractions

Dugway Proving Ground is close to 5 different national parks: Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park. Other local attractions include The Great Salt Lake, Bonneville Raceway, Lagoon Amusement Park, and the Snowbird Ski Resort.

Historical Facts

Founded March 1, 1942

Tests an evaluates chemical and biological protective equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles, and trains Soldiers on these items

Homer Hickam, a Soldier posted at Dugway, later became a NASA engineer and author. His story was featured in the Hollywood movie October Sky

Dugway Proving Ground resides on 800,000 acres in the "West Desert" of Utah where the Goshute Indian tribe once lived 

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Reasons to Work at Dugway Proving Ground

A few current employees provided some quotes about what they like most about working at DPG:

  • I feel pride in my work at Dugway because I know I am making a difference in the world.
  • Working with the newest technology is exciting and challenging at the same time. I can't do anything like this anywhere else!
  • Dugway is a great place to work and live. There is a school and a daycare which lets me balance my work and personal life.