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Events & Permits at Bonneville

The BLM Salt Lake Field Office administers all recreational events on the Bonneville Salt Flats to protect its unique natural resources.  Each summer, teams from around the world compete for landspeed records in different vehicle classes at annual racing events.  Most events are open to the public, and admissions fees are collected for spectators. Weather or other factors may cancel or delay an event. 

For more information or if you wish to register as a competitor in Bonneville events, visit the web links below:

2016 Schedule of Events




April 29-30Salt Flats
July 25-29Mike Cook's Test & TuneCook's Landspeed Events
July 30- August 1Hellfire Rocket LaunchUtah Rocket Club

August 13-19

*August 11-12 inspections

Speed Week

Southern California Timing Association

August 27-September 1

Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials

Bonneville Speed Trials

September 2-5Flight Archery ChampionshipsUS National Flight Archery

September 10-13

World of Speed 

Utah Salt Flats Racing Association

September 15-20Mike Cook's Bonneville ShootoutCook's Landspeed Events

September. 27-30

*September 26 inspections

World Finals

Southern California Timing Association

Where are the Bonneville Salt Flats? The Salt Flats are located 120 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Exit 4 off of Interstate 80 before the state border of town of Wendover, Utah.  The 3.5 mile paved access road leading to the Salt Flats is north of I-80.  Travel on the paved road as it makes a right turn and heads east for three miles.  An informational marker is located at the end of the paved road. Travel on the Salt Flats is at your own risk and is only recommended when the surface is entirely dry. BSF Travel Advisory

What do I need to know about attending events on the Salt Flats? The public can gain access to events by paying an entrance fee and following route markers to designated viewing areas. Reservations for spectators are not required. Bicycles and ATV are permitted on the Salt Flats.

Is overnight camping available? Overnight camping, fires and fireworks are prohibited on the salt flats to maintain public health and safety and protect natural resources. There are no developed campground facilities; however, camping is available on adjacent public lands. During events participants may camp on the mud flats next to the Salt Flats access road.

What is the weather like on the Salt Flats? Daytime temperatures can range from below freezing in winter to triple digits in the summer. Strong winds and thunderstorms often occur during warm weather months.  UV radiation can be intense on hot summer days. Visitors need to come prepared with protective clothing and plenty of water. Dehydration and heat exhaustion are dangers in the summer.

Landspeed racing

Sport rocketry

When do I need a permit? A permit or entrance fee is not required to take personal photos, view the area, or drive on the salt, except during special events. Organized group permits and commercial filming permits are required and may be obtained from the Bureau of Land Management Slat Lake Field Office.

You need to obtain a permit if you are planning a commercial, competitive, or organized group event at the Bonneville Salt Flats. For more information on obtaining a Special Recreation Permit, click on the link below:

Special Recreation Permits