What are the Salt Flats
The Salt Flats are remnants of a lake that’s now 90% table salt and can be 5 ft. deep near the center. On a clear day, it’s so flat that you can see the earth’s curvature.
At one point in time, Lake Bonneville covered 1/3 of Utah. The flats are about 12 miles long and 5 miles wide, covering around 46 miles! When you’re standing on them, it certainly looks infinite.
Like walking on the moon
Driving to the Salt Flats
Distance by car:
- 2 hours from Salt Lake City
- 2.5 hours from Park City
You will know when you’ve hit them because there is nothing for miles during your drive so make sure you go with a full tank of gas and plenty of water. There are two rest areas you can stop at with restrooms and the salt flats will be directly off the stop.
Parking Location #1. Salt Flats Rest Area
Parking Location #2. Bonneville Speedway Viewpoint
Add the parking location into google maps, directions will populate. Driving from Park City and seeing the mountain landscape transform into desert definitely made it a worth while day trip. We were able to see a completely different side of Utah.
When to Visit
You can visit year round but the highest saline concentration is during the summer. The sun reflects the saline surface and creates so much light! During the winter, the Salt Flats are more likely to have a wet salt crust and water on the surface so you can capture some great photos with the reflection of the mountains and sky on the salt.
We drove through the snow to see the Salt Flats and it cleared up just enough to see the mountains peaking through the clouds. It only added to the experience to see the Salt Flats change in color during our visit. When the clouds cleared up slowly, the sun was able to reflect off the saline concentration, turning everything around white!
Check out my experience from the edge of the Salt Flats, you can see the ground change the further in we went!
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Entrance is free
No camping permitted
You can drive on the Salt Flats but not after rain or when they have been wet, high likely hood of getting stuck
Poor cell phone service as you get close
No restaurants or restrooms close by so plan accordingly
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