Experience the Salt Flats in a Campervan Rental - Native Campervans

Experience the Salt Flats in a Campervan Rental

Salt Flats Campervan

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk on clouds? While that’s technically not possible yet, we can get you close to entering the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Bonneville Salt Flats are a 300,000-acre stretch of desert in Utah. If you’ve never visited the Bonneville Salt Flats before, it’s like entering another dimension. And the Salt Flats are a beautiful place to take your campervan.

Mountains surround the stark white salted, earth. This captivating site formed when Lake Bonneville dried up.  If you are chasing the National Register of Historic Places, you should add the Bonneville Salt Flats to your list. Let’s talk about what to do and where to stay on your trip to the Salt Flats.

Getting to the Salt Flats

From Salt Lake City, the Bonneville Salt Flats is just 110 miles away, or 1hr and 30 minutes. You could make a quick weekend trip out of the visit or turn it into a stop on your weeks-long tour of the Utah hot spots. If you’re coming from Las Vegas, the trip is a little longer but still worthwhile! You’re looking at 450 miles or just under seven hours.

That’s a super easy drive if you’ve got the right company and the perfect road trip playlist! When you rent a campervan with us, we’ll make sure you’re set up for whatever you plan to do whether it’s a quick trip or something a little longer.

Things to know when visiting the Bonneville Salt Flats

Admission Prices: Admission to the Salt Flats is free. It’s important to check the calendar though because the Salt Flats can be closed due to a private event. You can check the type of events occurring and whether they are open to the public on blm.gov.

When to visit: the best time to visit the Bonneville Salt Flats is when the weather has been dry for a period of time, such as in the summer and fall. Driving: The Salt Flats are easily accessible by van or car. You can even drive on the Salt Flats if they are dry enough! Be prepared for some traffic in the summer and fall months due to the area’s popularity.

Where to sleep

You can’t sleep in your campervan on the Salt Flats but there are a few dispersed and boondocking campsites around the salt flats. The salt flats are surrounded by BLM land and camping is fair game on BLM land.

You will need to be prepared to camp without any running water, working toilets, or facilities. You can read a little more about the dispersed BLM sites here. If you are not into dispersed there are other options for you. Wendover, Utah is a short drive from the Salt Flats and offers campsites such as the Wendover KOA. The Wendover KOA offers several amenities such as toilets, drinking water, Wi-Fi, showers, electric hookups and so much more. If you’re looking for the comforts of home, close to the Salt Flats then the Wendover, UT area is a great place for you to grab a campsite.


Things to do at the Bonneville Salt Flats

Take pictures and hang out on the Salt Flats

Because the salt flats are open to the public you can spend as little or as much time frolicking on the salt flats as you like. Some people pull up for the day and bring games with them such as croquet, frisbees, and even kites. You can pull up a chair and relax, capture some gram-worthy content, or play some games with your traveling companion. If you get here early enough or stay late enough, you may catch the most amazing sunrise or sunset of your life.

Soak in the Bonneville Salt Pools

About a mile and a half into the salt flats sit a crystal-clear pool full of water that you can soak in. Because of the salt content in the water, you’ll float right on top of the water. This is the ultimate relaxing experience because you don’t have to put in the effort to float!

Leppy Hills Trail

This trail is near the Bonneville Salt Flats and is a .5, 3, and/or 6-mile loop. You can hike, bike, or run on this trail. There is lots of desert scenery and you may run into other hikers, bikers, and dogs along the way. The rail overlooks the Salt Flats.

Don’t forget to take pictures!

Make sure to relax and really enjoy your time at 1 of 5 Salt Flats in your campervan. Don’t forget to take a few pictures for your memory bank. We can’t wait to hear about your epic trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats! Share your photos with us on social media @NativeCampervans.

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