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The Bonneville Salt Flats

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The Bonneville Salt Flats

We are planning a holiday starting in Salt Lake City and then touring through Yellowstone & onto South Dakota.

We will be staying the first night in Salt Lake City and then have a spare night before staying in Jackson.

Is it worth the detour to see the Bonneville Salt Flats and then maybe staying in Twin Falls for the night before heading to Jackson?

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1. Re: The Bonneville Salt Flats

That's what we did. Drive from SLC along Bonneville and via Jackpot to Twin Falls. Next day via Craters of the Moon to Jackson. Craters of the Moon was the highlight to us on this trip. Also nice views on Snake River from Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls. Probably locals will find the drive on I80 between SLC and Wemdover boring but we are not used to drive endless open spaces and we liked it. Nothin in Bonneville but the blue skier, the mountain range and the impressive salt flats. No services. Keep in mind it will be a long detour instead driving SLC-Jackson directly. Is it worth it? How long is a piece of string? To us it was. Twin Falls has ample lodging.


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2. Re: The Bonneville Salt Flats

What Tet said.

It is worth it for Bonneville and Craters of the Moon if you have the time. Similar to Tet except we started from Ely NV (about the same distance as SLC) to the Bonneville Salt Flats then stopped overnight in Twin Falls. Craters of the Moon on the way to Yellowstone the following day. We think we were about 10 days behind Tet that year.

The drive on I80 between SLC and Wendover isn't boring (the first time).

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3. Re: The Bonneville Salt Flats

The Salt Flats are something to see - one time. It takes just over an hour and a half to get there.

I drove a rental car from Salt Lake City to the Flats and drove out onto the flats just to say I did it.

Be careful. This is a HUGE area with no services or reference points. In fact, the only indication that you're there is a sign saying so. It is quite possible to get out of sight of that sign and get lost. There are no roads or lines to follow back. Take a very long string with you.

FYI: You can drive faster on the interstate highway than you dare to on the actual salt flats. The car got very loose beyond 80 MPH (and got caked with a layer of salt as well).

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