UTAH: Bonneville Salt Flats

September 10, 2018

Welcome to the Bonneville Salt Flats

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!

Salt or snow???

The basics:

  • 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”

Home of 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.

Driving out onto the salt flats

WOW, WOW, WOW.

How thrilling it was to zip along across the salt flats. I was like a giggling child.

No, we did not make the donuts, but made for an interesting setting

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 🙂

Joanne sitting on the salt flats

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Yes, it really is salt. I even tasted it.

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Such a unique opportunity, and I’m thrilled we were not rushed.

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.

Next stop – Southern California

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…

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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27 Responses to UTAH: Bonneville Salt Flats

  1. Linda and Paul again :) says:

    Hi Guys,
    Happy New Year to both of you from us.
    Looking forward to your next adventure.
    Always the best,
    Linda and Paul

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  2. Linda and Paul again :) says:

    oh and love the pictures as always!!! 🙂

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  3. Darlene says:

    I would love to visit this place! Some great photos.

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  4. tippysmom2 says:

    Looks interesting. Glad you ventured out onto the flats. I do have one question. Was a clearly delineated line between the flats and the “other land” or was it a gradual change?

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  5. Peter Buller says:

    They remind me of the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia.
    With the help of our guide, we were able to set up perspective shots.
    Ie Leyna (closer to the camera) was a giant ready to squash me as a midget (further away)
    As a video, all our group danced out of (and returned into) an open Pringles can. The can was close to the camera and we were about 20 metres back.
    It was all very silly but much fun.

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  6. Gaye OBrien says:

    Joanne, you may not need a Storage room if you take Marie Kondo’s advice on NetFlix. I am having a great time folding and pitching. Decided to keep Daryl.

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    • Good decision to keep Daryl! I have watched some of her YouTube videos and love her method. Last year I tackled several area, but still needed more storage area. My new room is a combination store room and pantry and a place to hold a freezer.

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  7. This place looks otherworldly! Have you ever seen the movie, The World’s Fastest Indian? It’s about a guy from New Zealand (Burt Munro) who set a land speed record at the salt flats on a motorcycle (an Indian) in the late 60s. You might enjoy it.

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  8. Wanderlust Arts says:

    Wonderful post! I’ll add this place to the list!

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  9. joliesattic says:

    My kids live in SLC and those flats are pretty stark, for sure. What gets me is the number of birds from around the world that still manage to find themselves in this salty region.

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  10. Widdershins says:

    There’s something incredibly moving about looking at a horizon that’s caused by the curvature of the earth. 🙂

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  11. Camie says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve visited the salt flats. You got some lovely photos. Hope your new year is off to a fantastic start. I can’t believe January is over!

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  12. Wow! Had no idea this place excisted! On my travel list now! Thanks😊

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  13. Hello Tim and Joanne – thank you for dropping by my blog and reading my Monkey and Soup post. My husband has always been fascinated by the salt flats. One day we’ll pack up our bags and set off on an adventure. Safe travels!!!!

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