Along the highway near the border of Utah and Nevada are The Bonneville Salt Flats. Spanning over 30,000 acres of just flat dry land of Salt. This location you see in the picture is along I-80 going west. A drive many Utahns are familiar with if they have taken a road trip to Nevada or California. It's a beautiful sight to see. You will see the Salt Flats before you end up in Wendover. The view is so amazing and in my opinion bucket list worthy. A drive from Salt Lake would be a great day trip if you find yourself with extra time while you are visiting Salt Lake City. Make sure to pack snacks and water and SPF.
A really easy place to view the Salt Flats is stopping at a rest stop when heading west on I-80. We had a blast walking as far out as our hearts wanted. It looks completely white but on a hot day you may see mirages in the salt that can sometimes have standing water on it. Depends on the time you go. I have been here when it was completely dry and other times when there was a little water cover the salt. This rest stop has clean restrooms and even a water station to clean off your feet or shoes from the salt.
A perfect place to take the kids for a day trip as well. In fact seeing the Salt Flats for a child is one of the best Science, geology and geography field trips you could take with them. We took our kiddos to The Salt Flats further north.It was such a memorable trip. Watching my kids faces as they look out at the vast amount of land just covered in white and light pink Salt was just amazing. They still talk about it and beg to go back when it warms up a bit. See my blog post here if you want to know about Visiting The Salt Flats up at The Spiral Jetty.
The Salt flats are leftover from the ancient Lake Bonneville. A huge part of Utah was covered by this Lake during the Ice Age. Now what we have left is the remnants in Salt Flats and The Great Salt Lake. A beautiful place to visit as well.
You may have heard about The Bonneville Salt Flats if you follow world records for land speeds. This is a place that World of Speed is hosted every year. Here is a great guide if you wish to be a spectator during The World of Speed week. This year it will be held September 13-16th, 2019.
You can check the website of The Bureau of Land Managment for the conditions and for any closures before you head out to visit or Drive out onto the Salt Flats. Driving on the Salt flats can be dangerous if you are not familiar with it. The top layer is crusty but can still get your car stuck in heavy mud. Temps get pretty hot in the summer and below freezing in the winter. Be prepared and smart if you decide to head on out. The trip is worth a visit. If you want an easy visit, I highly recommend just going to the rest stop on i-80. You will love it!