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Great Salt Lake

Salt Lake City, Utah

The Basics

Seeing the Great Salt Lake typically means visiting one of two Utah state parks, Antelope Island State Park or Great Salt Lake State Park. Guided tours of the vast inland sea give visitors an opportunity to see the Great Salt Lake State Marina, catch brine shrimp (aka sea monkeys) in the salty water, swim in the lake, and spot some of the 250 species of nesting and migratory birds that spend part of the year in this wetlands habitat. Hikers and mountain bikers head to wildlife-rich Antelope Island or the lake’s long shoreline. At 75 miles (120 kilometers) long and 35 miles (56 kilometers) wide, the lake is all that remains of Lake Bonneville, an ice age lake that covered much of the region some 30,000 years ago.

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Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
$39.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
I recommend it.
The guided tour was well organized, on time and fun. The driver/guide was professional, knowledgeable and made the tour a wonderful experience.
LaurieH_L, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Salt Lake City

star-5
Excellent tour & tour guide
John_F, Oct 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
We enjoyed the tour of the Great Salt Lake , our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting for everyone.
star-5
Great Tour
Donna_T, Oct 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Seeing and hearing about the lake Very informative tour guide Loved seeing antelopes on the way It was mating season so we seen 1 mail with 5 females
star-5
The Great Salt Lake Experience
Anne_B, Aug 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
The lady who led the tour was very informative and funny. She was also very helpful to all the passengers. A great trip to The Great Salt Lake.
star-5
Amazing experience!!!
Savitha_K, Jul 2021
Fly over the Great Salt Lake- Tandem Paramotoring
It was a great experience!! Our Instructors Dom or Taylor came tandem with each and everyone of us and were very accommodating and helpful… We would do it again in a heartbeat!!!
star-5
Best way to see SLC!
Caitlin_S, Jun 2021
Fly over the Great Salt Lake- Tandem Paramotoring
This was incredible! Dom was the best guide - he was super knowledgeable and great at handling the aircraft. It was all the exhilaration of paragliding, with a little extra adrenaline. Really the best way to see Salt Lake!
star-5
Recommend this tour
Terry_B, Aug 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Our guide, Captain Jane, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. She obviously loves the Great Salt Lake snd SLC.
star-5
Great tour guide. Just need a little more time
Dinali_N, Sep 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Michael was very entertaining & knowledgeable. Wish we had a little more time at the lake. It takes some time to walk down to the lake, float, walk back up & change. The shower is a bit far away from where the lake is. And there was no shower to be found. The bus was almost leaving. So if you plan to use this time to float in the lake as that's what the tour is for, then you have to make it super quick.
star-4
Great Excursion But Mask Aversion
Stephanie_O, Aug 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Giving this tour a good review due to knowledge and friendliness of guide. Although I enjoyed this small group and van excursion, I felt uncomfortable and unsafe as my spouse and I were the only individuals who wore masks.
star-5
We really enjoyed this tour. The guide was great!
Daniel_W, Aug 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Best part was the Lake and walking in the water! The tour guide shared a lot of interesting information. The bus was comfortable and people friendly.
star-4
Take a chance on floating in America’s version of the Dead Sea!
Marisa_E, Jun 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
The tour gave you a nice experience of Great Salt Lake, you can go swimming and experience the float. It was smelly and to know why the brine fly and shrimp cause that odor. It was fun watching seagulls eat the flies and a sworm of black cloud ( flies) moving away from the seagull. Great facts of the economic growth that comes from this Great Lake!
star-4
Recommend seeing.
Rosanne_N, Jun 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
The history of the great salt lake before we arrived at the site was most interesting. The site itself was a natural beauty.
star-5
Awesome Tour Guide
Patrick_G, Jul 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Tour guide extremely knowledgeable, very thorough. He was very knowledgeable about its history all the way up to the present.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Great Salt Lake is a must-see for outdoors enthusiasts and first-time visitors.

  • Bring insect repellent plus sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water; the climate here can be hot and dry.

  • The lake is quite shallow; the maximum depth is 35 feet (11 meters). Swimming is allowed but be prepared for flies, lots of brine shrimp, and an odor caused by the high salinity of the water.

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How to Get There

The Great Salt Lake sits northwest of Salt Lake City. Exits on interstate 80 and 15 will take you there. Most visitors explore the various points of interest around the lake by car. A causeway (via Interstate 15 to State Route 127) gives automobile access to Antelope Island.

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When to Get There

There’s no bad time to visit the Great Salt Lake—timing largely depends on what you want to do. Swimmers and sunbathers should visit during the warm summer months when the lake offers a refreshing break from the heat.

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Bonneville Salt Flats

To get a sense of how big the Great Salt Lake was when it was a vast inland sea, pay a visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats just outside of Salt Lake City. The land here is among the flattest places on the planet, stretching across 30,000 barren acres (12,140 hectares).

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