Night Photography at Knolls Sand Dunes
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Added by Prajit Ravindran
Explore gypsum sand dunes, mud flats, and salt flats. View amazingly dark skies that are just 1.5 hours away from Salt Lake City. On a clear night you can see the milky way with just your eyes. Added bonus, the Bonneville Salt Flats is just 30 mins from here.
The Knolls Sand Dunes are an amazing pace to capture night shots. On a clear night, you can see the milky way with only your eyes. All photos uploaded were shot with the Nikon D810 and the Nikon 14-24mm lens. The typical settings were f/2.8, 10-15 seconds at ISO 4000-6400.
From Salt Lake City get on I-80W. Drive on I-80 for about 80 miles and then take exit 41 to Knolls. Once you take the exit turn left to get on frontage road. Continue on frontage road until you see a sign for Knolls OHV. Turn left and cross the railway tracks to reach Knolls.
There is a day use fee of $6.
- Tent and camping chairs.
- Flashlight or LED panels for light painting
- A high clearance vehicle is recommended to explore the surrounding areas
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We went out on a weekend night in mid-May and had to compete with OHV-ers for a campsite, which is why it is downgraded a star, but the site itself was wonderful. Brought a telescope and were able to see Saturn's rings and Jupiter's stripes. Slept under the stars between two sand dunes. Just be aware that the wind tends to pick up in the morning, around 9 or so. Great site to see the sky though.
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