The Bonneville Salt Flats

This is A Simple Orientation Overview Explanatory Website for First Time Visitors who have NEVER been here before...
This page has Crucial Details - MAPS - Operations info you won't get anywhere else.
Welcome to the Largest Machinery Racing Operation On Earth -- Bonneville Speed Week Land Speed Racing Trials and Timing Operations

Overview Information for people who have Never been to Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats Before.

The things you must know and do - not what you just think it is.
First of All - The Geographical Demographic of  this operation covers an area that extends 15 Miles Wide and 25 Miles long; which is 375 Square Miles of Area ! That's an operating space
big enough to fit All of New York City or Dallas Texas inside of it !!
Philadelphia Pennsylvania and Denver Colorado could be put inside of it with room to spare. That's how big this operation IS !!
So if you think you are just going to drive out in your car and park it and go sit in one place and see everything going on you have not a clue as to what this is...
This is not a race track like NASCAR where you sit in a grandstand and a dozen cars come racing by all at the same time and go around a course over and over for a few hours and then it's all over and done..  It's Specialized Vehicle Machines that go down designated courses one at a time with speed timed miles racing as fast as possible for miles in a straight line and attempting to break the current speed record on file for that kind of vehicle. The action goes on all day long for a week. It's more like the Bobsled racing in the Olympics, where one competitor at a time goes through the course to get the best time and speed record..
THIS is the Largest Vehicle Racing Operational Space in The World !!
You could put a Dozen NASCAR Facilities Inside the place and still have miles of room to do Donuts around it !
A Facility this large is on a space bigger than most cities in the USA.

The Miraculous part of it all  is that it's ALL assembled and coordinated on an area that's literally just pristine open space and on a bed of salt - Literally put up and then taken down and put into storage every year. ALL by Volunteers and Workers that spend Three Months out on that Salt Flats driving Thousands of miles around on it putting it all into place and then operating it with the multitudes of teams and spectators

An overview of what happens see below for specific details..

This is a Main Map Detail Page with Links to Pix and Videos of The Individual Areas Shown on the map...
375 Square Miles of Operations Makes this The Largest Sports and Racing Operation anywhere in the Entire World.

Bonneville Speed Week 2017 Layout Map
Above is The Actual SCTA-BNI Speed Week 2017 Course Layout Map Based on Current Salt Flats Conditions.

Layout Map of Bonneville Salt Flats

A Copy of the Google Images Map of the Bonneville Salt Flats
that is marked with the specifics from above all in relative distances from the Interstate 80 exit.
Accurate distances can be correlated with their Drawing above this map showing the 2017 Salt Layout.
Open Pinch to Stretch it on Phone and Tablet Devices.

Scroll Down for A VERY  DETAILED Numbered Breakdown SUMMARY of the Above Map Information
(Fully Explained for People who have never been here before and have no idea about how it operates and what it is)
Sorting out all the activity going on over hundreds of square miles of Salt Flats
Starting at the Interstate Exit and working outward onto the Salt Flats for 10 Miles....


Bonneville Salt Flats Exit 4
1) Interstate 80 Exit 4 in Utah heading north from the exit


Your first encounter of activity is The Five Miles of Outback Primitive Camping along the access road
with a bend to the right a third of the way along it as shown on the yellow road sign.
Speed Week Bonneville Salt Flats Camping by Bend In The Road

Camping Along Access Road To Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week

Aussie Camping Along Bonneville Access Road During Speed Week
2) The 'Bend In The Road' is about 2 miles in from interstate
With Camping all along the stretch on the south side.
(It's The Turn toward Salt Flats entrance on the Access Road)


Camping along Bonneville Salt Flats Access Road

3) The 5 Mile Stretch of Open Area Public Camping along South Side of Access Road
Self Contained FREE Primitive Camping on BLM Land with No Provisions Whatsoever
(From I 80 Exit 4 at Sinclair to Salt Flats Entrance)


Main Gate Entering SpeedWeek
4) Main Gate Entrance onto The Bonneville Salt Flats Area goes out onto the Eighth Wonder of the World.
(5 Miles in from Interstate Exit 4)


5) Main Access Road Driving out ONTO THE SALT
is The Salt Flats Highway
(Runs along The Salt Flats Operations for 10 miles)

This daily Trek is the motoring equivalent of riding on a boat into a huge lake,
there is nothing in any direction for tens of miles.


Video of Activity watch it through for runs that go on.
Bear in mind that the 2 cars at the end are nearly 5 miles away
and you can still hear them as plainly as when they were right in front of you..

Bonneville Starting Line Activity
6) The Timing Courses Mile Zero Starting Line Area
This is where all participants Launch onto groomed courses with timed miles to compete against their particular speed record that is already on the books and attempt to Exceed it.
(About 3 Miles in from SALT entrance and About 8 Miles from I 80 Exit 4)


IF you want go be at a place where all the amazing vehicles that run on the salt arrive and get examined,
then you need to GO HERE to the Main Bonneville Operations Area with your cameras to take historic photographs.
This is an international event - with vehicles and attendees from countries around the globe.
THIS Location is The Grand Central Station of Land Speed Racing for the Entire World.!

Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week Operations Area and Tech Inspection
This is the SCTA-BNI Main Operations - A Busy Area of Check in with
Tech Inspection Official Programs Rule Books Souvenirs Information Etc.

Speed Week Tech Inspection with Streamliner
Here a Streamliner is opened up and undergoes Tech Inspection at Bonneville Check In Area

Speed Week Bonneville Salt Flats Tech Inspection Activity Mini

BNI Bonneville Sales Trailer at Speed Week

7) The Images shown above are but a mere 1 minute sampling of The Main Bonneville Operations Area activity with
Registration and Tech Inspection for Competing Vehicle Check In which goes on daily for a week.
(About 5 Miles out from Salt Entrance and 10 Miles from Interstate Exit 4)


Bonneville Salt Flats Impound Area Speed Week

Record Setting Cars at  Impound at Bonneville Salt Flats
8) The IMPOUND Area - Near Tech Inspection and Beginning of Pit Area
Look for the Big Yellow Vertical Flag with the word IMPOUND !
As different records in different classes are exceeded every day, the machines who achieve this are then parked here for mechanical inspection and examination by Official Technical Inspectors, and Anyone else. It's The Place for Once in a lifetime photo opportunities of the parked Unique and Amazing Machines for the Speed Week Spectator.
(About 5 Miles out from Salt Entrance and 10 Miles from Interstate Exit 4)


9) ALL Impound Record Setter's Return for a 2nd Run. This Daily Lineup occurs Mornings at 6:30 AM ONLY!!
By 7AM or so this lineup queue then proceeds onward, moving 3 miles down to the Starting Lines at Mile Zero and The Daily Timing Run Activity gets underway.
How it Works: All Participants that set a record the day before now come out from IMPOUND onto the causeway and line up with their machines into a staging Queue which then proceeds onward and Returns - to make another timed run - to mile Zero and the starting line for the various courses their vehicle class is running on. If this return run beats the speed record on file, the speed of both of the runs is averaged for a net speed which becomes the new record in the books.
The object of the game here is to run at the crack of dawn when it's dead calm and the salt and air is nice and cool.

Speed Week Impound Return Run Lineup
If you want to come onto the SALT in time for this from Wendover, you should be on the road by 6AM in the dark.
Speed Week Record Setter's Return Run Line up From Impound
The vehicles line up on the competition causeway just outside of impound
This is near Main Operations Tech Inspection  Vendors and Food Area.

(About 5 Miles out from Salt Entrance and 10 Miles from Interstate Exit 4)


Cars at the Pits During Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats

Area View
Video Panning Across the Pitts and courses from the Radio Station Tower

Pit Area Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week
Long view into Pit Area along causeway that extends onward for several miles

This great Walk around video takes you into the pits to see a smattering of the various teams
and operations all busy with their machines as well as the other hot rods and coming and going activity.


The Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week is such a large operation that it has it's own FM Radio Station!
The radio station broadcast trailer, transmitter and antenna tower is located along the causeway about a mile into the pit area. The Salt Flats is the ideal place for transmitting a radio signal into the line of sight and wide open expanse. The station can be picked up for dozens of miles in all open directions outward along the Salt Flats and on Interstate 80 by all the passing traffic. When you go around the mountain into Wendover the signal fades since it can't pass through the solid rock mountain formations.
The Radio Station tune in frequency is always posted at the main entrance gate.
Set your car radio to the station and You can hear the world famous long time announcers Ron Christensen and Seldom Seen Slim who both have been announcing land speed racing activity for many decades.
The station goes on the air every morning as the Salt opens for the day and goes off the air every evening as the Salt Closes for the day. The Radio Station can also be accessed from Phone APPS that make the phone pick up FM radio or access streaming online right on the web... The Radio Signal is streamed LIVE over the internet every day during Speed Week keep THIS LINK from the BNI website. AND It is also archived onto where you then can go back and listen to each days activity in a player after Speed Week - all year long and hear the record runs and all the action that you observed on the Bonneville Salt Flats in person. ! That's great treatment for Salt Fever until the next Speed Week.


Speed Week Bonneville Salt Flats Food Area
Food Eating Area with Canopies Tables and Food Vendors
There's a great menu of hearty food for hungry Racing competitors and their pit crew

Sunbeat Sunglasses On The Salt

Sunbeat Sunglasses Specifically Filtered for Bonneville Salt Flats Glare

Mike Sunbeat Sunglasses on Salt Flats during speed week

Sunbeat has Proper Eye Protection with Special Lenses which are Tailored to the specific Harmful Light Exposure and Glare which comes off the SALT ! A comprehensive collection of Eye Protection in many styles, as well as a complete collection of custom eye ware and fancy colored sunglasses etc. Also Special White Hats with Long Brims and Neck Shields like the one he's wearing standing behind the counter in the above photo.
IF you are a spectator coming for the first time you need to go here.
IF you have sensitive eyes and wear special expensive prescribed sun shield lenses, they will not be sufficient  here and you should see Mike. There have been people who come on the SALT with these "special" sun glasses who have to leave because they are not working out here. Extended Exposure to the Bright Sun reflecting off the salt is like looking at someone welding. YOU MUST wear Proper Eye protection.

Shock Surplus Vendor on Salt
Shock Surplus Supplier

Safety Clean Ops on Salt
Safety Kleen Operations

West Wendover Welcome Center Setup On Salt

West Wendover Welcome Center on Salt
Need to know about what's going on in the local area and it's related information ?
Visit These Wendover Welcome Center Information Tables in the vendor area along the causeway.
Historic Information and Collectables Posters and you get to sign the Guest Book.

Saltpfooing USA Fluid Operations on the Bonneville Salt Flats
Saltproofing with USA Fluid Operations Tables and windblown canopy
Right next to the food eating area along the causeway

11) Food Service and Supply Vendor Area - Near Impound in above pictures
(About 5 Miles out from Salt Entrance and 10 Miles from Interstate Exit 4)


Spectators on the Bonneville Salt Flats
12) Salt Fever Spectator line up for Miles along the causeway  from mile Zero to mile Three
(About 3-5 Miles out from Salt Entrance and 7-10 Miles from Interstate Exit 4)


Follow John Wylie on YouTube for Great Videos like this one here;
Taken from the top end of the timing courses.
You can watch the Speed Demon at over 400 MPH and many others on these videos also.

Competitor Vehicles on the Bonneville Salt Flats Causeway

13) Competing Vehicle Causeway Access and Return Road
This is the back and forth road which runs the 6 Miles along the area from the Pits to Mile Zero
This video of a 415 MPH RUN shows a glimpse into the activity with excited and flabbergasted spectators watching the runs. People going to and fro who are gathered all over the area for miles with cameras and binoculars.
IF you are using a hand held phone or tablet and holding it out in front of you, then this video shows the wavering that you get when zooming in to capture the car going by at high speed in the distance out on the long course..

This video is a great job doing an overview of what it's like to race Speed Week from The List


2000+ Street Rods and Hot Rods Cruising around on the Salt and
The main gathering At The Golden Nugget Montego Bay in Wendover, NV

Street Rods in Wendover NV at Golden Nugget Montego Bay

Street Rods During Speed Week At Golden Nugget Montego Bay
This is just the edge of it all - A small sampling of the Classics and Vintage Hot Rod gathering over the weekend of Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats

Here's A Slide Show of all the Hot Rod Gathering activity.


This is a graphic of a little portion of The Website of the Bonneville Operations Mother Ship....
SCTA-BNI Bonneville Main Website
Click HERE or on the above Image to access the Main Bonneville Operations Website with Complete information and schedules for attending and competing and participating along with everything else that goes on.
They just posted update #4 on the salt in a latest release in mid July. There may be a four course event this year ! :-)


Wendover Map of Cites on State Line between Nevada and Utah
Image of West Wendover, NV and Wendover, UT Map from Google Images.
Live MAP Location


West Wendover Welcome Center Information
They are also out on the Salt Flats Vendor Area during Speed Week.

Contact Information
City of West Wendover
Tourism & Convention Bureau
735 Wendover Boulevard
P.O. Box 2825
West Wendover, Nevada 89883

Phone Number
Tel: (775) 664-3138
Toll Free:  1-866-299-2489
Fax: (775) 664-2214
Talk to Kerrie Supanich

Welcome Center Website Link

 Welcome Center Google Live Map Location

YouTube Channel
Google Lookup Listing of Hotels Near Bonneville Salt Flats


#1) Taking WATER with you in bottles is the most important thing you can do.
Prepare yourselves for The Salt Flats Wide Open Desert Environment.

The Humidity out on the Salt is Nearly Zero. When the temperature is above 90 Degrees F it still feels like it's only 70F because it's so dry, and you will dehydrate and not even know it and end up with Sunstroke. The effective altitude in those conditions exceeds 7,000 Feet. People who are susceptible to high altitudes making them feel dizzy will get light headed if you don't stay hydrated and drink a bottle of water every 20 - 30 minutes; even if you are sitting in the shade.. And you will Not even sweat because it all evaporates into the zero humidity on the Salt. The Water doesn't even have to be in ice. IF you are dehydrating just drinking it will be fine even with the water at the air temperature.

Water Bottles to take onto Salt FlatsBottles of Water

#2) WEARING WHITE CLOTHING Preferably from HEAD TO TOE is an Absolute MUST !
Dark and Black Material ABSORBS HEAT from the sun and gets Hot. You walk around with clothing that's 150 Degrees F..!
White material reflects the sun and stays Cool. Watch the Officials at The Starting Line and in operations who are wearing totally white clothing and operating out in the sun the entire day from sunrise until late in the evening when activities cease for the day.
Even when you are staying under a Tarp the reflected sunlight from the salt is like still being out in the sun normally back at home.
IF you ride in on a motorcycle, stow the leathers and go with cotton in plain white T shirts and light pants.
Many people walk with light colored umbrellas open above them as a parasol and sun shield.
Bonneville Salt Flats - B sure 2 Dress In White !!
This Guy is an example of The Way to do it !!

Please Do Not walk all the miles from the spectator area to the pits without following the above guidelines. Drive it in your car and Park there - There's Miles of Open Salt all around the areas.. Pay Attention to the Great Distance between things on the map and descriptions shown above. A Man and his young son about 11 yrs old parked their car at the spectator area by mile Zero and then walked over 3 miles in the open sun for nearly an hour up to the Vendor and Pit Area late in the afternoon dressed in dark clothing and with no water and when they got there they were disoriented, totally dehydrated and ready to drop. They could have just taken their car and drove there in a few minutes. Vendors gave them bottles of water and sat them at the Food Service eating tables to recuperate. They didn't think they were thirsty, and then the water was gone in less than a minute..

#3) Handicapped Access and Special Needs. IF you are arriving with a special handicapped vehicle you can make arrangements months ahead of time with The SCTA-BNI or STOP at the main gate and meet with the Officials there who will address the situation and direct you to the proper area for what you are doing.

If something happens and there's a vehicle or personal emergency need then get people and participants there around you to locate one of the Officials with 2 way radios who are moving over the areas all day to come to your location with assistance and help.

If you take special pills and medication make sure you have it with you and keep extra put away in your vehicle. Remember that it's a half hour drive to get back to town and the store if anything is needed. Have WHITE colored towels and water at all times. to cover with and wet with in the event that you start to feel too hot.

Make it your business to be smart and take the proper things with you coming to the salt the same way you take essentials for what's important for your safety and well being when you would be going out into the forest to visit and stay, go climbing on mountainsides, or any other place that has specific needs for the environment of that particular location.

#4) Care and Extra Batteries for Cameras and Phone. Make sure everything is fully charged from the night before.
DO NOT leave your batteries, cameras, phones and accessories on dashboards and seats in cars sitting in the hot sun. The car will become a solar oven with internal surface temperatures over 160-190 degrees F. Keep things stowed in an electronics bag that's kept tucked away under the seats and out of the sunlight if you are locking up a car. If your bag is dark colored, and wrap it up inside of a white towel. This preventative measure will prolong their life, keep them from getting fried, failing or worse yet, having the device and batteries fail and blow out.


SADLY - - -  IT ALL ENDS !!   :(

Bonneville Sunset In Car Mirror
Heading Home From Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week
You See the Superlative Salt Flats Sunset Looking Back from the car mirror..

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