I know families are vacationing, but we are still sticking to road trips and outdoor activities. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t plan for future travel. There are many unique and exciting destinations within the U.S. to visit. One is the Bonneville Salt Flats Utah. 

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The Bonneville Salt Flats Utah is one of my family’s bucket list travel destinations. It is a seemingly endless expanse of crystalline white salt crust edging the Great Salt Lake basin in Utah. It’s the perfect backdrop for family photos and Instagram-worthy photo ops.

The Bonneville Salt Flats span 46 miles, offering a wide array of memorable, one-of-a-kind attractions that should be added to everyone’s vacation checklist. Here are the top 5 Reasons to Visit Bonneville Salt Flats Utah in 2021.  Trust us, you’ll be glad you made the journey.    

Bonneville Salt Flats Utah span 46 miles and offer a wide array of memorable, one-of-a-kind attractions. Here's why you should visit.

Reason #1) The Breathtaking Views 

The stark beauty of the Bonneville Salt Flats extends over 30,000 acres between Salt Lake City and Wendover, NV. In the summer, the salt flats dry out, enabling you to walk on the eerily barren salt crystals.  

If you want the best view of this vast wilderness, check out the Bonneville Salt Flats Rest Area (Westbound). There, the salt flats seem to endlessly extend into the horizon.  The nearby Bonneville Speedway Viewpoint also offers breathtaking views of the flats and has a viewing area.  

Although summer is a popular time to visit, the salt flats in the fall provide a doorway to another world.  In October and November, water covers the earth and offers pristine reflections of the surrounding mountains and sky.   

  If you want to know where the fastest racetrack on earth is located, look no further than the Bonneville Salt Flats. Men and women come to the flats from all over the world in an attempt to break the land speed record in different vehicle categories, and the speed limit on the raceway is a breezy 1,000 mph.  

Reason #2) Bonneville International Speedway 

If you want to know where the fastest racetrack on earth is located, look no further than the Bonneville Salt Flats. Men and women come to the flats from all over the world in an attempt to break the land speed record in different vehicle categories, and the speed limit on the raceway is a breezy 1,000 mph.  

Two of the most popular racing events on the Bonneville Speedway are Speed Week and World of Speed, which occur in August and September each year.  Cars aren’t the only vehicles attempting to break land speed records here-motorcycles, go-karts, and even the occasional barstool join in the competition.   

Reason #3) Danger Cave

Located just 15 minutes away from the salt flats, Danger Cave is Utah’s first State Monument and one of the oldest excavated Native American sites in U.S. history. Indigenous peoples inhabited the caves for more than 11,000 years, and you can have a chance to experience their history firsthand. Book a cave tour with Metcalf Archaeology to learn about these ancient cultures and even try your hand at throwing an atlatl (spear). 

Reason #4) Hellfire Rocket Launch

Whether you’re a fan of rocketry or not, the Hellfire Rocket Launch event on the salt flats is sure to captivate people of all ages. Each summer, the Utah Rocket Club launches high-powered rockets of varying complexity, size, and construction on the 40-acre launch site on the salt flats. Learn more information about the Utah Rocket Club and upcoming events here

the Bonneville Salt Flats is also less than two hours away from the Great Salt Lake, which naturalist John Muir called “one of the great views on the American continent.”

Reason #5) Proximity to the Great Salt Lake

In addition to its many fascinating features, the Bonneville Salt Flats is also less than two hours away from the Great Salt Lake, which naturalist John Muir called “one of the great views on the American continent.” Due to its salinity, you can actually float on top of the water, soak up the sun on the lake’s sandy white beaches, and participate in countless other recreational activities.

Please continue to follow local protocol with regard to social distancing and mask-wearing during the pandemic. Plan your trip accordingly to avoid disruptions in your itinerary. Contact each park/recreation area/city individually for the most up-to-date information.
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Kim is a 30-something-year-old wife and do-it-all mom of two beautiful daughters; her rainbow babies. Kim uses Beauty and the Bump NYC, to share her perspective about the things that she loves most and finds beautiful: family, travel, cars, food and more. As a contributor to A Girl’s Guide to Cars, Kim shares her love for cars through providing helpful tips and car reviews from the perspective of a modern working mom.