Bonneville Salt Flats
~1.5 hr drive from Salt Lake City, 110 Miles, Exit mile maker 10
HOW TO GET THERE: From Salt Lake City, get on Interstate 80 going west. Just drive and drive for about 110 miles, just before the Nevada border, at mile marker 10. You will see a rest stop (Salt Flats Rest Area West Bound on Google maps) on the right side where you can park. If you want to drive on the salt flats, I believe you drive past this rest stop to Bonneville Speedway Road (take exit 4) and this road should take you onto the salt flats.
Utah is really a beautiful state with tons to see and do (despite it being super spread out with little civilization besides Salt Lake City and the national parks.) I loved spending the week camping under the stars (one night in the car while it unexpectedly snowed), hiking up to views we didn’t end up seeing (Angel’s Landing), and photographing to my heart’s content. Even driving for miles and miles between parks was exciting to see! Our road trip through Utah didn’t disappoint and definitely hope to re-visit it one day.
Overview of the logistics of our trip including how to get there (flights + rental cars), what to wear, links for important maps and guides, and where we stayed. I also included a quick rundown of our spending, the rental car, gas/mileage, food, and a packing list!
~1-2 hr roundtrip, 3 mi roundtrip, Intermediate
HOW TO GET THERE: Turn right off the main road onto Delicate Arch Road after 11.5 miles from the park entrance. park in Wolf Ranch parking lot on the left. You can also keep going straight to view the arch from the Upper and Lower Viewpoints.
The entire hike is only about 1.6 mi each way. It only took us 30 min to hike up, but we read it takes most 45 min –1 hr. It isn’t extremely difficult except the middle section which is a consistent incline on the face of open rock. The trail starts pretty flat, you pass a cabin and eventually reach a short incline. This incline turns hilly, but is still pretty easy. Walking up and down a couple times, you reach the base of the previously mentioned incline.
4.2 mi Roundtrip, ~2–3 hr, Easy-Intermediate, Landscape, Partition, Double-O Arch
HOW TO GET THERE: Devil’s Garden is at the very end of Arches National Park which is a one way park and not a loop. It’s about 18 miles into the park. There are lots of parking spots, but also lots of people, so make sure you get there early. We arrived around 8AM and parking was no problem.
Start at the trailhead in the center of the parking lot, next to the bathrooms. Within the first 0.3 mi you will come to the first major arch: Tunnel Arch, and a little farther along at is Pine Tree Arch. Both are exciting to see but nothing compared what is to come.