Photo: Jordan River Parkway Trail bridge crossing Jordan River near Winchester Park in Murray, Utah __Scotty Reed
Utah Bonneville Salt Flats
The Utah Bonneville Salt Flats is a densely packed salt pan in northwestern Utah that is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville. It is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake, is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and is known for land speed records at the “Bonneville Speedway”. Photo: Bonneville Salt Flats __Utah Agenda
The area was named after Benjamin Bonneville, a U.S. Army officer who explored the Intermountain West in the 1830s. In 1907 Bill Rishel and two local businessmen tested the suitability of the salt for driving on by taking a Pierce-Arrow onto the surface of the flats. A railway line across the Bonneville Salt Flats was completed in 1910, marking the first permanent crossing. The first land speed record was in 1914 by Teddy Tetzlaff.
Movies filmed at the salt flats include portions of Warlock, Independence Day, SLC Punk, Cremaster 2 from Cremaster Cycle, The Brown Bunny, The World’s Fastest Indian, Gerry, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. In addition, the Pontiac Bonneville, the former flagship sedan of the Pontiac motor division, the Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, and the Bonneville International media company, are named after the salt flats.*
Bonneville Speedway is an area of the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah, that is marked out for motorsports. It is particularly noted as the venue for numerous land speed records. The salt flats were first used for motorsports in 1912 but didn’t become truly popular until the 1930s when Ab Jenkins and Sir Malcolm Campbell competed to set land speed records.*
Events & Meetings
In August, the Southern California Timing Association and Bonneville Nationals Inc. organize SpeedWeek, the largest meet of the year, which attracts several hundred drivers who compete to set the highest speed in a range of categories.
In late August, the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials are held.
In September each year is the World of Speed, (similar to Speedweek) organized by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association. The USFRA also meets on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the summer.
In October, the Southern California Timing Association puts on World Finals, a scaled-down version of SpeedWeek.
Each year, there are usually a few private meets that are not publicized and scattered between the larger public meets.*
The Western Hemisphere’s largest salt-water lake with scenic sunrises, sunsets, wildlife, and sailing.
Featured Photo: The Great Salt Lake looking north toward Antelope Island from the south shore. __Scotty Reed
Red Butte Garden, a part of the University of Utah, is a non-profit organization located in Salt Lake City, Utah. With over 100 acres, including displays and natural gardens, walking paths, and natural areas with hiking trails, Red Butte Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West that tests, displays, and interprets regional horticulture.
Red Butte Garden
University of Utah
300 Wakara Way Salt Lake City, Utah, 84108
Wheeler Historic Farm is a Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation facility open to the public 365 days a year from dusk to dawn. There is NO ADMISSION FEE to enter the grounds and nominal fees for activities such as wagon rides, milking the cow, and special events. Photo: Walking Path at Wheeler Farm in June __UtahAgenda
A living working farm where guests can visit animals & milk a cow, take wagon rides or tour a Historic Pioneer Victorian home. They have cows, horses, chickens, pigs, sheep, turkeys, goats, and rabbits.
Wheeler Historic Farm
6351 S 900 E, Murray
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a U.S. National Monument protecting 1,880,461 acres (760,996 ha) of land in southern Utah encompassing three main regions: the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of the Escalante – all of which are managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of the National Landscape Conservation System.
Built in 1916, the renovated neoclassical revival building offers original murals, exhibits, tours, cherry blossoms, and city views.
Photo: Cherry Blossoms blooming at the Utah State Capitol. Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 1 pm __ScottyReed
Events & Activities
April 15–May 7 Cherry Blossoms
Utah State Capitol
350 State Street, Salt Lake City, UT