The Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake 2017 Photo: Shallise Kate

The last time I visited, it was winter. There was over a foot of snow on the ground, and in some places, thin layers of ice covering pockets of freezing cold water. As a nature photographer, I have spent entire days (sun up to sun down) shooting here without a single feeling of hunger, which is really odd because I spend most of my time daydreaming about pizza. But I just become overwhelmingly distracted when I’m out there, I can’t help it. I begin to observe so intensely that I no longer feel like an outsider but rather; apart of the landscape. Photographing landscapes as powerful as this one, almost feels like an act of meditation for me. And it isn’t until the sun is gone and I begin the long walk back to the car, that I realize how hungry I am. If I lived in Salt Lake, I would be at this location constantly.

If in the area with access to a car, go here! It’s really c Hop in the car and head for The Great Saltair. It’s about a twenty minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. The Great Saltair is a modern day concert venue inside an old airplane hangar designed to look like an awkward Taj Mahal. It’s built upon (or nearby, I should say) remnants of the original 1893 Saltair Resort and Amusement Park, an important part of Utah’s past. To learn more about the history of Saltair, click here.

When you arrive, park near the gate and make the long walk out to the shore. Don’t mind the smell. You’ll get used to it, I promise. And occasionally you’ll see a dead bird here or there, but that’s life I guess! Just be sure to watch your step. This particular area is really unique as far as lakes in Utah go. It’s very different from others in the state (high salt content). In my opinion, this specific area is very underrated.


  • Take water shoes or waterproof boots depending on the weather.
  • If visiting during summer or spring, pack some water and sunscreen with you.
  • If visiting during winter, you’re a brave soul. Be careful and wear lots of layers.
  • Stick around for sunset!
  • And lastly, take along some food or snacks.
  • If you’re like me and you loose track of time, be sure to keep your cellphone.
  • I also recommend a portable phone charger, I always have one just incase.



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