Bonneville Salt Flats

My mother in-law came to visit this weekend, so we took the opportunity to check another Utah adventure off of our to-do list: The Bonneville Salt Flats.

I read a lot of reviews before we left. About 50% said something like, “one of the major stops in Utah.” That is a pretty strong statement considering that Utah hosts some of the most amazing national parks in the country. The other 50% of the reviews were a little more meh: “I wouldn’t drive out of my way to see it, but if you’re there, get out of the car.” Those are two very different reviews. I was intrigued and had to know which was right. After a few hours of driving and a little poking around.

First of all, there’s no park associated with the salt flats; in fact, there isn’t even a road sign. We happened to pull into a rest stop to check the map and realized we were there when we saw people out walking around on the salt. We got out of the car and walked across the gravel to the edge of the flats. There was a pool of inch deep water covering shards of spiky, flesh destroying salt rocks.


I slowly picked my way through the pool. The water was very clear and thick. Cupping the water in my hand almost felt like holding a handful of fine sand. The pool reflected the landscape making a mirror effect that was quite pretty.

It wasn’t nearly as large as I had expected, but it was still an interesting view. The picture opportunities were amazing. I might even go so far as to say my pictures are way better than the actual view. You’re welcome.

The Bonneville Salt Flats is also home to the Motor Speedway where land-speed records have been set. Challenge accepted!

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