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Bonneville Salt Flats, UT

Follow that scent! A visit your dog will want to lick.

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    Follow that scent! A visit your dog will want to lick.

    Special Interest: SightseeingWalking

    Did you know that dogs can sniff 1,000 times better than we can? No wonder they are always sniffing around everywhere.

    Dazzle all the senses by taking your dog to the Bonneville Salt Flats for some stark white, serene beauty that’s out of this world. You’ll be the only living beings, as nothing can grow in the area. If you look around, you may spot some sculptures or art that others have added to the area.

    The Bonneville Salt Flats was once a gigantic lake that covered most of Utah. The lake dried up leaving minerals behind, including gypsum and halite (salt). Today, the salt flats now measure an area of about 12 miles by 5 miles. The Bonneville Speedway, towards Wendover, NV, is an area designated for motor sport races.

    To get to the Bonneville Salt Flats, take exit 4 off the I-80 between Salt Lake City and Wendover, NV. The best place to stop is 10 miles east of Wendover where there is a rest area. From November to May, the salt flats are actually wet. Given hot summer heat, it’s probably best to go with your dog late spring, early summer or early fall. If you do go during summer, go early or late in the day and catch the sunrise or sunset. Don’t forget to bring paw protection, water, sunglasses and sunblock with you!

    You can actually drive on the salt flats, but avoid areas that are wet as the salt crust may actually be muddy underneath. Please note that salt can be damaging and even corrosive to your car. At times, the area may be closed off to cars but you’ll have to look for posted signs.


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    Location: Tooele County | Utah
    GPS Coordinates: 40.79527778, -113.8277778 Map
    Activities: Walking, Sightseeing

    Items Needed: Water, Poop Bags, 6 Foot Non-Retractable Leash or Hands-Free Leash, Paw Protection, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Other Appropriate Gear & Food

    Safety: Please consult your vet before hiking with your dog, especially if you have a puppy or a dog that is not fully vaccinated. It's best not to go when it is too cold or hot. In the summer, temperatures can get to 100 degrees with surface temperatures reaching even higher. Wind can also be strong at times. Don't forget to bring water and a way to cool down you and your dog. In the winter, temperatures can get down to 0 degrees. Never leave your dog unattended in the car. Please respect the area and leave with all of your trash, including picking up after your dog! Help preserve the natural beauty of this magnificent landscape. Please note that there are no bathrooms in the area, except during a special event.

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