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This 20,000 square mile lake, the second saltiest in the world, is also a wildlife refuge attracting millions of migratory birds every year to the ten islands within it.
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a vast space and takes a while to drive to from the City. Be prepared it does smell and there are a lot of flies around

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 521AndrewW
Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

We went to the great Salt Lake State Park Visitor Center. It was kind of interesting to be there in the wintertime because there was snow around the lake. There’s really not much to do unless you go out to Antelope Island. But it was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

It is just a stinky puddle of very salty water best seen from afar ... from an airplane going into or out of SLC is perfect.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

Well, breaking news: it's water. There's nothing really to see, of course, and the was less to see the day we were there because it was so smoggy. There is a drab little visitor center that has some interesting information about the history of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

We visited the state park on a hot day in August, determined to actually get in the water and see how much we really floated. There were several busloads of people who disembarked, walked around and perhaps put their feet in the water, then left...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Glozelle
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

If you are visiting Salt Lake City, there are better things to see than the lake. Basically, it's a lot of mudflats, and at the right time of year, insects. Antelope Island is worth the visit if you can catch the Bison in a visible...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

I was warned before heading out that there wouldn't be much to do at the lake. I'm sure when the water is high and the weather is nicer there is a lot more going on, but in November it was just a bucket list item...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank twittyham
Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

We had a great time. Val was very informative friendly we felt like we've know her for years. Would recommend this to anyone

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kathy S
Reviewed November 12, 2018

we weren't sure what to expect and when we pulled up in our car, our jaws dropped. so expansive and looks to out of place. the walk to the water is far and if you have any sort of handicap you may not be able...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank terrifurn
Reviewed November 11, 2018

So its a fascinating place in terms of its history, geology, local industry and ecology - but let's face it, it smells and is mostly dead for much of the year (and when its alive, you might be better off avoiding it due to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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July 10, 2018|
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Response from F5238MQjanc | Reviewed this property |
You can, but the bugs were so bad when we were there that it would have been very uncomfortable.
July 24, 2017|
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Response from millou5171 | Reviewed this property |
One nice view is to head west on Interstate #80 towards Nevada. That's where you will find the Great Salt Lake State Park. If you continue driving west on 80, you will see the lake on your right the entire way; there are... More
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March 31, 2017|
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Response from 407sjc | Reviewed this property |
yes, very close. go to antelope Island. our go around to the south side of the lake, it's not that much further and check out salt air. the building isn't what it used to be, bit it's very pretty to photograph on the... More
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SLC to Pocatello (10 Replies)
Hi there, I'm travelling to Utah for the first time in August and I'll be staying in SLC before heading out to Pocatello to visit family. I would like to see the Great Salt Lake on my drive up and have read on the forums that Antelope Island is a good place to stop. I'm not planning on making it a long trip - I honestly just want to see the lake. So here's my question, is it ok to just stop at the Marina, or would it be worth it to venture further on the island? Thanks for your help!
January 28, 2016|
Response fromConnie B|
The marina and Antelope Island are 2 different places. The marina is out of the way for a drive to Pocatello. Antelope Island is the best place to see the Great Salt Lake. There is also a bison herd there. It would be about a two hour or more diversion on the way to Pocatello. SLC to Pocatello is a little over two hours.
help! info on visiting great salt lake? (8 Replies)
Howdy folks! I just found out today that my son ( 9 year old )and I are going to get to tag along on a buisness trip with my husband and we will be staying in Salt Lake City for one day. My son and I have never been there, is it worth going to the Great Salt Lake? It is safe to go into the lake, we will be there this Friday? Where is the best part of the lake to go see, and how far of a drive is it? What else would people suggest my son and I do while in Salt Lake?
April 09, 2006|
Response frombscrowt|
It's probably a 15-20 minute drive from downtown to any sort of pull off spot to the lake. Not so sure it's worth the drive from downtown SLC. It's rather smelly when you get close to the lake and there really is nothing worth seeing. Just peek your head out the airplane windown on your way. I can't say that there is a lot to do and see in SLC, especially for a 9 year old. If you have enough time, I'd probably head up to Park City (45 minute drive)and maybe stop at the Utah Olympic Park on...More
Londrina, PR
How many days do we need to visit/know SLC? (13 Replies)
Me and my mom are planning a trip and were thinking about going to Salt Lake City our itinerary by now includes: 1 - Visiting SLC (mainly want to see Temple Square), 2 - the Great Salt Lake, 3 - Bonneville Salt Flats, 4 - Binghan Copper Canyon Mine, 5 - Park City and it's ski resorts (also which one do you guys recommend... culturally good one/budget worth one?) 6 - Then we pretend to start a road trip, goin to Monroe City (we are planning to go to the Mystical Thermal Waters 7 -...More
March 16, 2015|
Response fromKbecjeans|
Hi Mattheus, A couple days for SLC should be fine. The area downtown will take a half a day or so. Bonneville Salt flats is another half a day. The Copper Mine had a huge landslide and is currently closed to visitors while they try to return to normal operations Great Salt Lake at Antelope Island could fill most of a day. You might also enjoy a drive up to Snowbird for a ride on their tram, plan half a day. Utah Natural History Museum, the Leonardo, Clark Planetarium, the State...More