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Bonneville Salt Flats

The Salt Flats are quite a sight to see.

Utah has a very unique feature that every native Utahn should visit at least once. The Salt Flats cover much of the Great Basin Region of northwestern Utah. We wouldn’t recommend making the drive just to see the Salt Flats, but on your next drive toward Wendover, it is definitely worth a fifteen minute stop.

 

On a recent trip to Yosemite, we made a stop at the Salt Flats. There is a small rest area ten miles east of Wendover, and it was the perfect place. There were restrooms, a small area for pets, a map of the area, and miles and miles of salt flats. Our boys couldn’t believe how white and flat the ground was. In fact, make sure to take your sunglasses, because on a sunny day the glare is quite blinding.

You can walk right onto the salt flats from the parking lot.

The salt is so cool to touch and walk on.

Our boys wanted to walk to the mountains, but we didn’t have enough time!

We walked out on the salt flats, and, though we wouldn’t recommend it, our boys tasted the salt on the tips of their fingers. They declared it “yucky.” This wasn’t surprising because it is very powdery and dry. There was also a salty pool of water on the flats, but it was near the restroom, so we didn’t dip a finger in.

This was the only water we saw on the salt flats near the rest stop.

They wanted to make sure it was actually salty. It was and it wasn’t good!

The Salt Flats stretch on for miles.

There are other places where you can drive on to the Salt Flats (take exit 4 and follow signs to the BLM area), but we felt that this rest area was such an easy place to visit. We still spent quite some time walking and exploring in this interesting area.

The salt gets stuck in your shoes, so make sure to stomp really good before getting back into the car.

Bonneville Salt Flats is a great place to stop and get out of the car on that long, hot trip across the Utah desert. Make sure to give it a try.

On your drive out to the Salt Flats, you can watch for this sculpture to appear out in the middle of nowhere.

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