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Bonneville Salt Flats

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The Bonneville Salt Flats are in the western part of Utah on the way to Wendover, Nevada. We stopped there earlier this summer on our way to Lake Tahoe. The Salt Flats are interesting because they are incredibly flat. You can see some mountains in the distance, but the fastest land speed records in the world were set here. They had moments of speeds over 800 mph, but the record is for a longer track, so the record is just over 622 mph! Here is the sign that explains a bit about it.

There isn’t really a hike, but from the westbound rest stop there are incredible views. You can walk or drive onto the salt if you wish, but you will want to wash off the salt afterwards so it doesn’t corrode your car or bike. My kids enjoyed using rocks to carve their name and pictures in the salt.

You could see it was completely flat over to the mountains and when you looked to the east it just looked flat because there was nothing before the curvature of the earth made it out of sight.

If you come in the winter or after rain than there will be a small amount of water on the salt. That makes for some incredible photos, especially at sunrise or sunset.

Stats: Distance – 0 can walk around as you want
Approximate hiking time – 10-30 minutes
Elevation gain – 0 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – salt
Bathrooms – At Rest Stop
Seasons to hike – Year-Round
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes

Map to Westbound Rest Stop where there is great viewing


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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