31 In North America/ Utah

Wandering The Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Visiting the Bonnville Salt Flats Speedway is a top thing to do with your rental car in Utah. The densely packed salt pans are a unique natural feature stretching over 30,000 acres! Famous for it’s Speed Week to break racing records, we had arrived on the white salt reflecting area on an early morning for a little drive with our rental car.

Arriving around 06:30am we planned to see the sunrise across the salt flats but were welcomed with too many clouds. That didn’t stop us from enjoying the views of the Bonneville Salt Flats with the mountain peaks in the background.

Taking the road turning to the official sign and driving area we were greeted with some racing organizers who were not allowing people to drive on the salt flats. A little unexpected but it didn’t stop us from driving a little/walking around on the salt flats and taking some awesome photos. Even without the sun shining it looked so bright. Looking back, might have been a good thing that we didn’t drive on the salt flats since the car was still so clean and shiny!

Car on the Salt Flats / Smooth Car Rental and Driving Experience in US - togetherintransit.nlThe sign at the start was full of stickers of racing teams that had visited the area for Speed Week. We spotted a few Dutch ones too, but we knew the salt flats were famous also from programmes like the British Top Gear who had filmed a few episodes there to show off some adventurous cars.

Wandering The Bonneville Salt Flats Utah - togetherintransit.nl 4We couldn’t believe how far we could see, and it definitely wasn’t going to be the last place that made us speechless during our US road trip.

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Wandering The Bonneville Salt Flats Utah - togetherintransit.nl 1If you are ever in this Utah area we would definitely recommended stopping here to see it and experience the salt flats for yourself.

Tips for your trip:

  • There are no facilities (only at the truck stop before the entrance thats far back)
  • Don’t drive to close to the salt crust edges as you may get stuck
  • And don’t drive on them at all during flooding
  • If your car is super salty after driving on the flats, wash off to avoid corrosion
  • Wear correct clothing for the expected weather

*This visit was part of our 2 Week US Road Trip

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    mayuri patel
    17th February 2018 at 9:22 am

    this is so useful post and pics are amazing

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    Ana Ro
    17th February 2018 at 9:31 am

    I had no idea there was such a thing in the US, I only knew about the South America. Thanks for sharing, would love to see it live!

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Glad to have shared it! 🙂

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    Laura Caddick
    17th February 2018 at 9:38 am

    Ditto Ana Ro, how interesting to learn about a different salt flats! Looks really cool to visit though!

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Yeah was pretty fun to see!!

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    Sapna
    17th February 2018 at 10:41 am

    Lovely salt flats. Looks so white and vast. I like to see this kind of places.

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:48 pm

      It sure felt so peaceful to stand on the salts and look out to the emptyness!

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    kaytherunaway
    17th February 2018 at 10:53 am

    Woah! 30,000 acres! That’s a chunk of land!

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Unimaginable eh!

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    Viola
    17th February 2018 at 11:12 am

    Wow looks like Heaven! I have wanted to go to Bolivia to see the famous salt flat there. Maybe I should just go to Utah! Thanks for sharing this. 😀

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Haha yes Bolivia is on our list too for the salt flats, but since we were in Utah we couldn’t resist stopping here 🙂

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    Mattea
    17th February 2018 at 11:36 am

    It’s my dream to visit here one day! It just looks so peaceful and heavenly!

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks for commenting! It sure was!

  • Reply
    Amy Morgan
    17th February 2018 at 11:47 am

    See I’d be so tempted to floor the car across it. Must have been lovely to be able to look around and not see any buildings to ruin the view!

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Haha we did have that feeling, but kept it safe! It was very peaceful to stand and look out to emptyness.

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    Sarah
    17th February 2018 at 11:59 am

    Such a cool looking spot! I definitely gotta explore my own country more.

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks for commenting! We loved it there even just for a short stop.

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    Raksha Rao
    17th February 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Wow. Never heard of this salt flats in Utah. Quite interesting!

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:51 pm

      It sure is!

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    Kristine Li
    17th February 2018 at 4:49 pm

    The salt flats looked magical, almost like snow! Thanks for the tips =)

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:51 pm

      So true! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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    madhu-on-the-go
    17th February 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Beautiful pics and this looks like an amazing place.

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you Madhu-on-the-go 🙂

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    Anisa
    17th February 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I had no idea there were salt flats in Utah. It looks like a really interesting place to visit.

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:52 pm

      It sure was, even for a small stop it was pretty impressive!

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    Kate Korte
    17th February 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Such a cool spot!! I want to visit the Salt flats and some of Utah’s other spots on a roadtrip some day, saved your post for later.

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks for commenting! We would definitely recommend it if your passing through Utah!

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    meghanramsey1
    17th February 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Salt flats are so cool! I would love to visit here. Maybe on my next West Coast road trip!

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Yeah its a great place to stop during a road trip!

  • Reply
    Katalin
    18th February 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Wow, I need to add these salt flats to my US bucket list! We have visited only the one in the Death Valley, but this looks much whiter!

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      19th February 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Yeah we visited Death Valley too (post coming soon) it sure was a different experience though!

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