September 10, 2018
Try to picture a place completely devoid of life forms. Look out across 30,000 acres covered with a thick layer of salt and absolutely flat. As one article stated, “It looks like a frozen lake bed covered with snow.” Welcome to the BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS!
- Located in NW Utah, along I-80 near the Utah-Nevada border.
- Was a former lake bed, and one of many salt beds west of the Great Salt Lake
- Public land, managed by Bureau of Land Management
- There is no charge to explore the salt flats
- Known for land speed records and the “Bonneville Speedway”
LAND SPEED EVENTS
“Motorcar racing has taken place at the salt flats since 1914. Racing takes place at part of the Bonneville Salt Flats known as the Bonneville Speedway. There are five major land speed events that take place at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Bonneville “Speed Week” takes place mid-August followed by “World of Speed” in September and the “World Finals” take place early October.” ~ Wikipedia
I must admit that I was thrilled that there was no racing going on while we were there. No official “entry” barrier was in place, but there was a kind of viewing point where tour busses and most visitors stopped to take a selfie or other meaningful photo.
After a couple of minutes, we realized that there was nothing stopping us from continuing our drive out onto the salt flats. We had left the RV back in Wendover, and were in our tow vehicle, so off we went.
WOW, WOW, WOW.
How thrilling it was to zip along across the salt flats. I was like a giggling child.
After a few minutes we stopped and got out and walked around. We enjoyed taking some photos of ourselves, the scenery, the car and the salt. And then we ran out of things to take pictures of so we just sat and took it all in.
I mean we REALLY ran out of things to take pictures of since there is NOTHING else out there 🙂
TRAVELING IN AN RV?
There is a KOA campground in Wendover, but we also found out that some casinos offer RV parking. We ended up staying at the no frills Wendover Resort Casino RV Park.
If you happen to drive your RV onto the flats, be sure to rinse it off after your excursion, especially the undercarriage. The salt is highly corrosive and can cause unneeded headaches in the future. Gas stations at the Bonneville Salt Flats exit on I-80 provide hoses for a quick rinsing.
Fill up the fuel tank if needed and plan restroom breaks. You are kind of in the middle of nowhere, so be aware that there can be quite a long distance between towns. Services are limited with Salt Lake City 120 miles in one direction and Wells 60 miles the other way.
This was our final stop from this RV adventure. It was time to get back home to Southern California. Our mountain cabin was calling us and we were determined to move forward with some much-needed renovations, repairs and remodeling.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that after returning home we got to spend some peaceful time and enjoyed quiet moments, sitting by the fireplace with a crackling fire. We made some serious progress on the remodel with Tim’s man cave and my storage room becoming a reality. The holidays came and went with a few special moments spent with family and friends. We said our goodbyes to 2018 and welcome 2019 with open arms.
COMING SOON: We have a short RV road trip planned to explore a couple Southern California places practically in our backyard. We invite you to tag along to see what we find next…