Great Salt Lake, Utah

Great Salt Lake, Utah

During the last Ice Age, prehistoric Lake Bonneville’s banks were breached and a catastrophic flood ensued. Still lingering in the high desert of western Utah near Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake is an enduring remnant of that ancient ocean.

Today, the landlocked basin is endorheic, it's a terminal drainage where freshwater streams come to an end. Channeled by three major rivers, water flows in freely but with no release point available, it becomes trapped in the salty reservoir.

In a region influenced by the Mormon religion, the American Dead Sea remains defiant as it’s virtually uninhabitable. Even though the destination is distinguished by turquoise water and white sand beaches, this inhospitable place is not a tropical paradise.


  1. That is a fantastic picture. I had no idea it was so blue. I've seen photos where the lake looks kind of white. Do people ever swim or float in it? Or does it smell funny? Maui Jungalow

    1. It looked very blue like the ocean when we were there. We went down to the beach and got in the water but the lake is saturated with brine shrimp and millions of brine flies hover over the water's surface so it got a bit uncomfortable in a short amount of time.

  2. What a gorgeous shade of blue!

    Stefani | Dreams of Nyssa


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