Bonneville Salt Flats
Bureau of Land Management
Salt Lake District
2370 South 2300 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84110
Numerous land speed records have been achieved at Bonneville, on the vast and flat natural pavement of salt: the 300, 400, 500, and 600 mile per hour land speed barrier were all broken here over the years. The Blue Flame, a rocket-powered four-wheeled vehicle, set the land speed record of 631.4 miles per hour in 1970, a record that stood for more than a decade, and the last of the major high speed records set at Bonneville. The raceway, which spends much of the year under water, is slowly disappearing, and many racers are heading to the Black Rock Desert and other dry lakes. The hard-packed solid salt area which is used for the races has shrunk from 15 miles in length in 1950, to 10 miles today, and the quality of the surface has decreased. A project to restore the hard packed salt has been imitated by the chemical company that mines the flats, and the Bureau of Land Management, which owns the land.
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Take Interstate 80 Exit 4, and follow the paved road north and east for five miles to a paved circle and an interpretive sign.
Map Coordinates (NAD83): 40 45.757N; 113 53.734W
- Hot summers and cold winters.
- Often windy and very exposed.
Regulations and Precautions
Camping is not allowed in this area.
There are no hiking trails in the Speedway area.