It’s a rugged, majestic drive from Reno, NV to Salt Lake City, UT. Like any trip of two hours or more, it’s important to plan ahead for each stop along the way. Interstate 80 gets very lonely at times with its remote, high desert locations.
One of my favorite break areas is Bonneville Salt Flats. The state of Utah has a very nice rest area alongside westbound I-80, approximately 10 miles from the Nevada state line. There is room for cars, big rigs and RVs.
The bathroom areas feature flush toilets and comply with ADA requirements. There’s a pet area so furry family members have a chance to stretch out their legs and run around for a bit
The family likes to see what’s in the vending machines and save the snacks in the car for later.
|Wow! Look at all the open space to race on the flat lanes at Bonneville Salt Flats.|
The Salt Flats are 30,000 acres of hard salt crust managed by BLM.
It’s part of the Great Salt Lake’s western edge. The crust is nearly five feet deep in some places!
The National Register of Historic Landmarks lists Bonneville Salt Flats because of the land speed racing records set, some exceeding 700 mph!
SPEED WEEK lures many amateur racers to participate in 3 to 5 mile timed speed events.
It’s just over 500 miles (7 driving hours) from Reno to SLC. If you’re visiting either area, why not add Bonneville to your itinerary? It’s one of the most unusual areas you’ll explore during your lifetime.