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Visiting the Salt Flats at other times?

by tallandrew Online Now Feb 17, 2008 at 11:16 PM

I'm aware that during "Speed Week" and related racing events, the Salt Flats
are accessible by spectators. Since it's a state park, are people allowed
to go onto the salt at other times (with their cars, perhaps) just to see it?
I'm not talking about racing or driving fast. I just don't know what the laws are. For many years, I've wanted to see the Salt Flats--to walk on it, and examine the
surface. And yes, I would definitely get my car washed soon thereafter.
Thanks for any info, suggestions, or references anyone can provide.

Tall Andrew (in California)

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    Re: Visiting the Salt Flats at other times?

    by travelgourmet Online Now Feb 18, 2008 at 1:54 AM

    wow. The drive alone is about one and a half hours, and nothing is around. I wouldn't go unless an event was being held there. Check it out at the website: blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/salt_lak...

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    Re: Visiting the Salt Flats at other times?

    by Segolily Online Now Feb 18, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Check out blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/salt_lak...

    Especially read the FAQ and travel advisory.

    Whether it would be a good experience might depend on the time of year you go. If there is water on the flats I would not venture out. We have tried driving on the salt before and almost got stuck (or were stuck for awhile but managed to undo the damage. It can be tricky and I'm not sure I would venture out again,,,)

    (and Wendover is not far if you are looking for entertainment and food/drinks)

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    by maxcat16 Online Now Apr 28, 2008 at 1:28 AM

    We went to the Salt Flats in eactly the same frame of mind - we just wanted to see this legendary place and walk on it and have at least a tiny drive. There really isn't anything there so just make sure that you really want to do it otherwise (from Salt Lake) its a long and dull drive!
    We drove out to the end of the 'road' and then just did a few 100 yards of driving on the surface and walking around. Its amazing to think of what has happened there and to crouch down and look and see if you really can see the curvature of the earth!

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