The Utah Rocket Club holds its largest launch of the year on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The 30,000 acres of flat, open expanse is the ideal venue for this event, aptly named “HellFire.” Although technically a regional launch, the event has national appeal and is open to spectators at no cost. The HellFire Launch is typically held the first weekend of August with launches beginning each day at 9 a.m.

A waiver from the FAA allows rockets to travel as high as 25,000 feet above ground level, which is over four miles. The event is named HellFire after the location, where the heat reflected off the salt crystal floor can cook anything alive. Rocketeers come from throughout the western U.S., namely Utah but also as far away as Colorado and California. Both participants and spectators are strongly advised to bring plentiful supplies of sunscreen and water, along with sunglasses to protect the eyes from harsh, reflected sunlight.

For more details on the Hellfire Rocket Launch, see the Utah Rocket Club’s official website at To get to the Bonneville Salt Flats, take Exit 4 on westbound I-80 and proceed north and then east for five miles on the Bonneville Salt Flats access road.


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