On our road trip, we made a last-minute decision to check out the salt flats in Tooele County, Utah. The salt flats are remnants of the ancient Lake Bonneville, and they stretch over I-80 between the Great Salt Lake and Wendover, Nevada. The dried-up lake looks frozen over from the highway, and we were excited to get off I-80 to check it out.
The best route to drive onto the flats is off Exit 4 toward the Bonneville Speedway. Follow the speedway signs and turn right toward the parking area. Once you reach the parking lot, you can safely veer off onto the salty old lake. Be careful where you drive off if you decide to take another route because you can get your car stuck in the mud! I wasn’t going to let Mom and Dad take any chances. My Dad did decide to do donuts in the car because it is a famous speedway!
After running around for awhile, I noticed the texture of the ground is hard and salty, and I was not a huge fan of how it felt on my paws. It was not hot to the touch, but it could hurt your paws if you run on it for too long. I felt super thirsty, and Mom let me drink a lot out of my water jug. Make sure to bring a ton of water and sunscreen for your pup! The ground is reflective, so it’s very easy to get a pup-burn on your chin and nose.
Rating for Bonneville Salt Flats:
I thought that Bonneville Salt Flats was a breathtaking adventure. If you plan ahead, be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and possibly a picnic to enjoy the incredible views. Pro tip: We saw many RVs that brought out lawn chairs with a blanket and large umbrellas to hang out in the middle of the flats. We plan to do that next time we go so we can hang out longer. The sun is blinding here, so be sure to bring good sunglasses as well. I hope you enjoyed our day at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Stay tuned for our next dog-friendly adventure.
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Happy trails pups!