The Salt Flats? They Sure Were Salty!
Updated: May 7, 2020
The miles and miles of The Great Salt Lake equate to amazing views and a day trip that is worth it if your time in Utah allows for it.
I had always seen such cool photos of people with and their cars at the Salt Flats in Utah. I was curious to what it was like to drive on the flats and how far these flats stretched across the landscape.
While in Utah, I knew this was something I had to do to feed my curiosity and see how cool it truly was. We made the hour trek out to western Utah to see the flats. Be warned if you are going to make this trip, have a full tank of gas, a full belly, and use the bathroom beforehand as there is not a gas station or rest area for almost all the trip. Further, the gas station near the flats had both expensive food and gas.
The drive went through beautiful country with many mountains in the distance, and luckily the land was very flat, so we didn't have the stress of driving through any areas with cliffs. About halfway through the drive you begin to see white land everywhere. Almost as if there was a small snowfall over the land, it is so white.
As you are getting to the flats you will see a turn off point where there is a bathroom and there will most likely be a lot of people here taking pictures. This was my favorite view of the flats, and it was almost not worth it for me to keep going. This is because after this point we still had about a 20-minute drive through the flats to something called the "racetrack". We thought it would be interesting to go drive around on the flats, so we kept going. We got to a point where the salt had gone over the road and the path to the track was no longer open. I am not sure how long this had been for, but it was a little bit of a disappointment to drive that extra bit just to have to turn around.
To make up for it, we pulled over to the side of the road and went out to walk on the flats. I thought this was fun and something I am happy I did. It really was a unique experience. Another fun experience was tasting the Salt from the flats. We took the smallest taste of the salt to see how salty it really was. And oh man, was it salty! That probably sounds dumb, but if you have ever done this same thing, you know what I mean. If you are ever there, try it out!
I have mixed feelings about going to the flats as it was something I had always wanted to do, but it didn't totally live up to my expectations. If you have a free day, I would recommend it, but if you must pick between this and something else, it might be more worth it to do the other thing.
Was your experience like mine at the Salt Flats or were you able to go all the way to the racetrack? Please reach out, I would love to know!