Bonneville Salt Flats
The Bonneville Salt Flats is an expanse of salt plan in Tooele County, west of the Great Salt Lake. This salt pan valley represents only one arm of the former Lake Bonneville that once covered a huge expanse in the intermountain west. The flats are public land managed by the bureau of Land Management and are open to the public. The Bonneville Salt Flats are well-known thanks to the “Bonneville Speedway,” a stretch of the Flats that have been used for land speed record attempts since 1912. The Flats gained notoriety in the 1930s when Ab Jenkins and Sir Malcolm Campbell competed to set land speed records. The speedway is used to this day for races, with courses set out in either a straight shot or an oval lap. In the last few years experts have warned that track conditions are deteriorating, with the exact cause unknown but signs pointing towards salt mining and shifts in the local climate.