Knolls Recreation Area is part of the Great Salt Flats and is located 82 miles (132 km) west of Salt Lake City just off Interstate 80. Popular with ATV enthusiasts, the Knolls Recreation Area stretches over 36,000 acres, but take care to not stray too far, because the land borders a bombing range. An EarthSky user describes the spot: “BLM land mainly used for overnight camping and dirt biking and ATV activities in sand dunes during the day. $6 to use the site (pay in an honor system box). Free if less than 30 minutes. Parking lot is near bathrooms. Milky Way is easily visible from here with very little light pollution (from SLC, Wendover, and nearby cars driving by). Note that it is very windy in this area as it is essentially exposed desert.”
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