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“Amazing natural site”

Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Wendover
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A dry, open area near Lake Bonneville known for car racing.
Reviewed June 25, 2013

The salt flats were an amazing sight. Frankly, it looked like snow on a huge flat field. The salt was spongy when we were there- you could push it down with your fingers. If you're on I-80, it surrounds you on both sides.

Thank reichspot
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Having stayed in Tooele for the weekend, we decided to drive to the Bonneville Race track on the Saturday morning, a journey of a little over 100 miles, or 1.5 hrs.
First thing to point out is that the ‘Track’ itself is at the end of the 'causeway' only 2 miles or so from Wendover, so do not be distracted by the alternative views en route, these are merely poor substitutes for the pure white 'sheet' that awaits you, at the end of the 3 mile approach road to the flats themselves. The road to the BRC is clearly marked, and served by a 'full junction' from both East and West, although if travelling East, be careful not to miss the intersection, otherwise it is a 30+ mile round trip to get back again!!. There is a ‘diner’ and a gas station just off the junction, so you can maximise your power to weight ratio if preferred, filling up again before the onward journey.
As others have pointed out, the tarmac simply ends and the flats begin, the only marker being an official plaque for the BRC, which is surprisingly riddled with bullet holes. When we arrived, there was a single distant black spot, moving some 5 miles in the distance, which I assumed to be another convert lusting for speed. It is important to verify the surface before attempting a run, since if you are travelling west from Tooele or Salt Lake City, then evidence of ‘wet salt’ is all too clear around the official rest area along the causeway, and this is not suitable for normal vehicles. We visited on the 24th June following a prolonged period of hot weather, so the surface was hard and crisp and ‘open to all’. There are no fees to pay, no official monitoring (save for a notice requesting that areas along the approach road be respected and avoided) and no apparent limitations other than your own nerves. For us this was an exhilarating experience, travelling out some 5 miles or so onto the flats, the views are simply ‘mind blowing’. It is difficult to gauge both distance and speed, and worse still, coming from a Northern UK climate, you have to keep telling yourself that this is indeed salt and not ice on which you are running. The air temperature was only 78F, but the reflection off the salt makes the surface feel a lot higher, so remember the sun block if you are walking around. The salt itself provides a grainy surface, which is ‘combed’ for official meetings, but offers a small amount of vibration during ‘unofficial runs’, nevertheless this is little more than encountered on most country roads.
It is the isolation and lack of ‘authority’ which gives the greatest buzz though, and once you get out onto the flats, then time does almost slow to a standstill…………….save for the stopwatch on the dashboard!!

Thank MCBDurham
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

This is one of the wondrous places on this planet. It is worth going to see even if there is no racing or other activity going on at the time. This tends to be later in the summer when the heat has baked the salt really hard.

When you get to the end of the tarmac road you can drive out onto the surface but you do so at your own risk. Most people stop, get out and walk a little way out onto the surface. It is said that you can see the curvature of the earth if you look straight up the flats.

If you need to get fuel/refreshments then Wendover is only a short distance way straddling the state boundaries.

Thank Sybil_Fawlty
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We drove to the area around the flats to get a better view, and we were not disappointed. Driving to the flats we were amazed at the sight! It had rained the night before and so we got a rare glimpse of a wet salt flat. Pictures were surreal! If you are in the area, stop. You will be glad you did.

2  Thank Ginny F
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We debated about driving the 100+ miles from Salt Lake City to see the salt flats but we are so glad that we did. It is a truly amazing, unique sight. There isn't a great deal to do but it is worth seeing. Wendover, UT and Wendover, NV have restaurants and hotels.

Thank pottsfamily61
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