The best camping near Bonneville Salt Flats

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Bonneville Salt Flats adventure.

Explore an ethereal white salt flat with epic stargazing and a famous speedway in Utah's West Desert.  

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Off Grid Oasis

1 site · RV, Tent160 acres · Grantsville, UT
Welcome to our 160-acre slice of heaven in Box Elder County, Utah! Nestled in the heart of nature, our property offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As you arrive, you'll be greeted by vast open spaces and breathtaking views that stretch as far as the eye can see. This rustic retreat is perfect for those seeking a genuine outdoor experience. With no hookups or bathrooms, you'll have the chance to fully immerse yourself in the serenity of nature. Set up your tent or RV and embrace the simplicity of camping under the stars. Explore the diverse landscape that surrounds you, from rolling hills to hidden valleys. Take a hike and discover the beauty of the local flora and fauna. Birdwatchers will delight in the variety of species that call this area home. At night, gather around a crackling campfire and relish in the tranquility that comes with being far away from city lights. Let the quiet sounds of nature be your soundtrack as you unwind and reconnect with loved ones. Please note that our property is a true off-grid experience, so come prepared with everything you need to make your stay comfortable and memorable. We invite you to create lasting memories on our land, where the beauty of Box Elder County unfolds in every direction. Welcome to your wilderness getaway!
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Montello Camp GFP

5 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Montello, NV
Camp on 10 acres in Montello, Nevada with your RV or tent. The bar, food, and gas are 17 minutes away. No water or power but cell service is good and again, town is super close by. You could walk if you needed to. Decent access via dirt road. There’s an RV park and motel close by if you run into trouble. Have fun fishing, skiing, biking, and exploring on high desert terrain! Close to Dake Reservoir & Dam, Bald Eagle Mountain, Nevada’s Rocky Butte, Pilot Peak, Murdock Mountain, and Toano Range. You can gamble at the bar, play pool, or sing karaoke if you go with a group. Get a hold of me if you want to explore together or need a guide (again on Air BnB, my FB messenger is too crowded). Host events; throw a party. Do whatever to your heart’s content as long as you respect the far away neighbors and the land.
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Sun Tunnels West: Grouse Flyover

4 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · UT
Learn more about this land:Enjoy spreading out over 40 acres here in the ghost town of Lucin, Utah. Conveniently located under two miles northwest of internationally renowned land art, along an intermittent stream north of the road, the area has abundant bird life and breathtaking natural beauty. Wake up for a sunrise at Dr Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels, enjoy a day of bouldering and hiking on the Pilot Mountains, take Little Pigeon Rd to the end to enjoy the Salt Lake mud flats, come back to the Sun Tunnels for a sunset through the Tunnels over the mountains, turn all your lights off, and enjoy seeing the Milky Way over the crisp desert nights.
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The best camping near Bonneville Salt Flats guide

Overview

About

The Bonneville Salt Flats are an ancient evaporated lake bed at the edge of Utah’s Great Salt Lake Basin. With a white sodium chloride crust that spans 30,000 acres, the salt flats make a surreal desert landscape to explore by day and feature excellent stargazing conditions at night. The flats are protected by the Bonneville Salt Flats Special Recreation Area, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) site. Although camping is not allowed in the Bonneville Salt Flats SRA, dispersed camping is available on adjacent and nearby BLM lands. The park is also home to a famous Bonneville International Speedway, where multiple land-speed records have been set.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Despite this being a BLM site, dispersed camping is not allowed on the Bonneville Salt Flats SRA. 
  • For dispersed BLM camping in the area, check out the Silver Island Mountains Backcountry Byway or the Knolls Off-Highway Vehicle Special Recreation Management Area. 
  • For current info on these and other BLM camping options in the area, call the BLM Salt Lake Field Office at (801) 320-8300.

When to go

The Bonneville Salt Flats are open year-round. Summer heat is intense and can reach triple digits, while winter temps can drop below freezing. One factor to monitor during your visit is rain, which can occur in any season. Driving on the salt flats is prohibited during rain and when surfaces are wet, as this may turn the park’s dirt roads into mud, stranding drivers. Summer is when the Bonneville Salt Flats hosts several major events, including Speed Week in August.

Know before you go

  • There are no facilities within the Bonneville Salt Flats SRA. You must pack in all of your water and supplies and pack out all waste when visiting.
  • Supplies and services are available a few miles from the park in Wendover. Wendover also has camping facilities like RV parks with full hookups, wifi, and bathrooms.
  • Weather conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats are often intense and may include strong winds, hot sun, and sudden rain storms. Because the white salt ground can reflect the sun’s UV light, sunscreen, sun protection, and good hydration are essential year-round.
  • The Bonneville Salt Flats are a 1.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City.

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