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This Bright Pink Lake Is One Of Utah's Coolest Hidden Gems

We'll take pink any day of the week.

Pretty in Pink continues to be one of our all-time favorite movies. So much that we love pink everything. If you can't get enough of the color and want to see something really cool, we've got a treat for you. There's a pink lake in Utah that's got to be one of the coolest hidden gems around. 

The Great Salt Lake in Utah is one of the largest lakes west of the Mississippi River, according to Live Science. It's 75 miles long and 35 miles wide!

It's ten times saltier than the ocean, which makes it a rare habitat for some really cool creatures. 

There are some organisms that love the saltiness and cause the water to appear pink. Some of those salt-loving creatures include brine shrimp, algae, and brine fly larvae. 

"Pigments in these salt-lovers' cells, including carotenoids like those found in carrots, give the lake and its salt crust a distinctive pink hue," as said by Live Science

You can witness the wonder for yourself at the Great Salt Lake State Park. It's open year-round and there's only a $5 per vehicle entrance fee.

At the park, you and your friends can rent a boat or go for a swim. And if you want to get that insta-worthy drone shot over the water, you can do that too.

First, you'll need a drone permit. You can purchase them for $1.00 at the visitor center. 

The lake is also a hotspot for migratory birds, so it's possible to see some really cool ones if you go bird-watching. The wetlands and shores around the lake are also home to other types of mammals too.

This state park has a bit of everything for everyone. If you want to check out some other cool places nearby, there is a  clear water hot spring in Filmore. 

It's the perfect place to keep warm with your boo or to unwind and soak away your stress. 

The Great Salt Lake State Park

Price: $5 per vehicle 

Hours: Winter hours 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily

Address: Great Salt Lake, Utah

Why You Need To Go: There's pink water + loads of animals to see while you're hanging out. 


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