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Antelope Island State Park

Frary Peak   |  Austin Cronnely
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Antelope Island State Park is 25 miles north of Salt Lake City. Accessed by a causeway, the island sits in Great Salt Lake and features free-roaming bison and antelope herds. It's a Utah state park that was once considered for national park designation. To understand why, you'll have to see it for yourself. Learn more about Antelope Island State Park

Highlights

  • 36 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails
  • Kayak and paddleboards rentals at the Great Salt Lake marina
  • Sunsets from Frary Peak
  • Wildlife sightings include bison, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, coyote and some of the best birding in the world
  • Gentle cycling on rolling paved roads 
  • An internationally-certified dark sky park, ideal for stargazing outside of the city

Popular Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Cycling
  • Paddling
  • Sailing
  • Scenic drives
  • Historic sites
  • Birding and wildlife viewing
  • Camping

Things to Know

  • During warm months, insects are present on the island and emerge at different times. Call the visitor center for conditions. 
  • Bison are very fast and should never be approached.
  • The island hosts great annual events, including the Annual Bison Round Up. Learn more
  • Requires a park entrance fee
  • You can swim in Great Salt Lake, but it is five times saltier than the ocean, so rinse off and re-hyrdate your skin

Recommended Hikes

  • Frary Peak, the park's highest mountain (6 miles round-trip)
  • Buffalo Point, a short jaunt up a hill with beautiful views (1 mile round-trip)
  • Lakeside Trail, is an excellent trail with little elevation change and accessible throughout the year (6 miles round-trip)

Camping

The are several campground options, including Bridger Bay Campground and White Rock Bay Campground. There are no individual hookups, but throughout the warmer months you'll find shower facilities, drinking water and concessions, including Buffalo Grill. Learn more about camping on Antelope Island

Weather

Northern Utah experiences dry, sunny summers typically peaking in the 90s in July or August. Spring and fall are incredibly pleasant times to travel, with ideal daytime temperatures and evenings that may require a layer or jacket. Overnight temperatures in winter drop below freezing, but the visitor center and ranch are open year-round. A snow-blanketed island is a picturesque backdrop for hiking and wildlife viewing.

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