Lower Rishel Peak Road is a short route between Rishel Peak and Silver Island Loop Road. The real exciting feature of this road is its access to Cave Road, a very short spur off Lower Rishel Peak Road that leads to one of the many caves in the area. The cave is at the top of a steep, approximately 21-degree climb, pictured as the Hardest Part. A low-range transfer case makes the descent down the hill much safer when leaving the cave. There are two additional campsites along Lower Rishel Peak Road. The first is suitable for multiple vehicles and off Silver Island Loop Road. The second is closer to the Rishel Peak end of the trail.
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 Salt Flats website and signage posted on the Bonneville Speedway Access Road. 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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