Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats

After the massive Lake Bonneville, which covered a very large portion of Utah, slowly dried at the end of the last ice age, minerals were concentrated in its dwindling supply of water and it left behind a glittering expanse of salt on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake basin west of Salt Lake City. The Bonneville Salt Flats are one of Utah’s most unique natural features, spanning over 30,000 acres of hard, white salt crust.

Also located in the western portion of the flats, near Wendover, is the famous Bonneville Speedway. It is perfectly flat and has a thick, hard crust of salty soil. It looks like a frozen lake covered with snow. On hot days, heat waves rise from the salt and create mirages that look incredibly real. If you were to believe your eyes, you’d think the dry desert looks like it’s covered in water.

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