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Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats Photo by Owen Byrne via Flickr

A place that my fiance really wants to travel to is the Bonneville Salt Flats. If you've never heard of it, well, it looks like beautiful and bountiful snow. Many people often mistake it for snow when they've never seen it before, and are often confused as to why people who visit the Bonneville Salt Flats are wearing warm weather clothing.

Well, that's because it's not snow! And it's not always freezing.

The Bonneville Salt Flats is located in Utah and consists of 30,000 acres of very packed salt, and give the illusion of snow.

 

Bonneville Speedway

The Bonneville Salt Flats are famous because it is where you can go to see if you can beat land speed records. My fiance is very much interested in cars, and it is a strong passion of his, so it only makes sense that one of his dreams are to visit the Bonneville Salt Flats. We are thinking that we will be making a trip to here within the next year (maybe next Spring or Summer of 2014).

Visitors can test their trucks, cars and motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The very 1st speed record was made by driver Teddy Tetzlaff at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the year of 1914.

Even though the first speed record was made in 1914, the Bonneville Salt Flats didn't become popular with racing and those trying to beat speed records until the year of 1925 when a man driving a Studebaker won a race against a train across the salt flats.

This then helped make the Bonneville Salt Flats a very popular place and now attracts vehicle enthusiasts from many different countries. The salt flats are incredibly flat and hard which make it attractive for those trying to beat speed records. It can be a slick surface though, so keep that in mind.

 

What you need to know for your visit.

The Bureau of Land Management manages the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Bonneville Salt Flats are for the public, but when you visit you should make sure that you help keep the area as natural as possible:

  1. Only drive on the roads that are meant for visitors. Even though the salt flats look thick and hard, it may not be and it's not safe to drive your car on all areas at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
  2. It can be very hot or very cold at the Bonneville Salt Flats. During the Summer, the temperature may be above 100 degrees, and during the winter it may be well below freezing.
  3. Avoid the salt when there is water on top of it. This makes the salt not sturdy and you can be hurting the salt flats by driving on it with your car, truck or motorcycle. It can also harm your vehicle as well.
  4. When visiting, please keep in mind that there are no facilities at the Bonneville Salt Flats. During high-profile events, there may be facilities but they are not permanent.

 

Where should you stay when visiting the Bonneville Salt Flats?

You can not stay at the Bonneville Salt Flats, but there are many areas around the Bonneville Salt Flats in which you can stay. There are public areas in which you can camp nearby, or there are also many hotels within 20 minutes as well.

 

How much does it cost to go to the Salt Flats?

Visitors can go to the Salt Flats for free.

 

Have you ever been to the Bonneville Salt Flats?

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