Boondocking Bonneville Salt Flats
Motor racing enthusiast will have heard of Bonneville Salt Flats. If speed is your thing then, this is a place for you. Land speed records have been set here with famed British racer Sir Malcolm Campbell the first man to drive an automobile over 300 mph in 1935. The Bonneville salt flats speedway is located in the northwest of Utah. Approximately 15 kilometres from Wendover which lies on the state borders of Utah and Nevada.
The flats are comprised of densely packed salt that shine white under the daylight sun. Boondocking Bonneville Salt Flats we have a bird’s eye view of the salt flats shimmering white from the desert sun. Having left Winnemucca this morning we encounter much of the same boring scenery we had seen the day before. We were hoping it would change along the way into more picturesque vistas. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
However, that all changed as we crested the hill in Wendover. Before us laid the vast white salt flats for as far as the eye could see. Our camp location while boondocking Bonneville salt flats is at the foot of Volcano Peak. Surrounded by mountains on one side with vistas over the salt flats the other, we could not have picked a better spot. Access to our BLM~ site was via a 350 metre slightly wash board dirt road.
In general, most access roads to locations like this have similar quality of surfaces. So, we were not too concerned for Cup Cake as she slowly transverses this section. The actual site was more rutted than the dirt road coming in so it was a little slower over this section. Leveling is required, as the site has an incline from back to front as you face the salt flats.
Boondocking Bonneville Salt Flats Our Spot
To our surprise there where several other campers and day visitors when we arrived. This would prove to be the case for our entire 4 day stay. It seems to be a popular place for locals and tourists alike.
Due to the fact that there are many activities that can be fulfilled in the vicinity of our site. Hiking, atving, mountain biking, motorbiking and of course checking out the salt flats. While many only stayed for the day, at least one camper would stay each night.
Even with the popularity of the site it still was quiet, with only the occasional sound of an atv or car passing by. During our stay we were fortunate enough to have beautiful days. Thus, making boondocking Bonneville salt flats very pleasant indeed. Our views were spectacular! In particular, one night we had front row seats to a lovely rainstorm over Wendover.
Additionally, our AT&T signal was great having at least 3 bars the whole time of our stay. The site was mostly clean. Albeit, some trash being left behind by thoughtless people. There is plenty of room for even the largest of rigs. Amenities are non-existent here; you must bring everything you need. Also, please make sure you take all your trash out with you. We did not find any dump stations nearby. However, there was a gas station 3.5 kilometres away for supplies if needed.
Overall, boondocking Bonneville salt flats has been a very relaxing and peaceful 4 days. In fact, we have no hesitation recommending this spot for other boondockers. For tourists it is a wonderful place to put on your itinerary, especially if you are into motor sports.
Cost: Free stayed 4 nights
Site Quality: ****
AT&T Signal: at least 3 bars
GPS: 40.774380, -113.985081
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~ Bureau of Land Management
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