My last visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats was almost a decade ago on the way to Vegas. I was in my Honda Accord and only stopped at the rest stop for a few minutes to enjoy the scenery. A visit was long overdue and there was no better time than now.

Dawn at the Salt Flats

The California Wildfires, though unfortunate in every way, have brought on some captivating and vivid sunrises and sunsets here in Utah. I figured that one of the best places to catch an unobstructed view of either would be at the Bonneville Salt Flats. However, since I’m not a fan of crowds, I opted to take an early 2-hour drive and race the morning sun with two of my favorite people.

Bonneville Salt Flats Dawn
Dawn on the Flats

We accessed the Flats through the Bonneville Speedway Road and drove until we could barely see the other visitors. Arriving right at Dawn, we were somewhat concerned that it would either be too cloudy or too smokey for the sun to peak through. Despite our concerns, we were not disappointed.

Catching the Sunrise

Mission Accomplished! The sunrise was EPIC to say the least and worth the drive and early wake up. We spent some time enjoying the views and snapping pics before we started the trek back to Salk Lake.

Roadside Attractions

The trip back home was not without some additional exploring. Luckily for me, my uncle knew of some roadside attractions that would make for good stories.

Our first stop was in Delle where there is an abandoned bus covered in graffiti.

Across the highway from the abandoned bus, you can find yourself staring into the eyes of a rock formation.

Rock Eyes
Rocky Eyes

Our last roadside stop was to see something I had heard of but had not ever seen in person — A Beacon Station.

Airmail Beacon
Airmail Beacon Station

Ive spent most of my life in the aviation industry including 5 years as a Navigation Systems Engineer working with both GPS and Inertial Navigation. Present-day pilots are lucky — These precise avionics instruments make it easy to navigate the sky’s.

In the 1920’s and early 1930’s the US Government built large concrete arrows with beacon stations on top throughout the United States in support of transcontinental airmail.

Getting to the arrow is not difficult though you could easily drive past it and never know its there. There are no signs or any other indications of such a relic existing just off the highway on the road less traveled.

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