Volcano West Road is a short and easy route cutting through the far western end of Silver Island. As you climb the track, you'll pass directly by Volcano Peak and its oddly shaped rock features. The hardest part of the trail is a section where the surface is softer sand, easily handled by 4WD. An exposed campsite at the top of the climb is large enough for 1-2 vehicles and provides an incredible view of the Bonneville Salt Flats and West Desert of Utah. Technically, you can probably also see across the Utah/Nevada border.
Most trails and camping along the southern-facing side of the Silver Island Mountains look directly out across the iconic Bonneville Salt Flats, a 30,000-acre expanse of hard, white salt crust on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake basin. The Salt Flats are a remnant of prehistoric Lake Bonneville, which covered over one-third of Utah from 10,000 to 32,000 years ago. Today, the Salt Flats are a BLM special recreation management area open to the public and motorized vehicles and even hosts the annual Speedweek land speed races.
Driving on the Bonneville Salt Flats when wet and camping directly on the Salt Flats is expressly prohibited by the BLM, as stated on the Bonneville Speedway Access Road signage. Please respect management agency regulations and help to protect the top layer crust of the Salt Flats for many decades to come.
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