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.
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
Birding and wildlife viewing
Things to Know
During warm months, insects are present on the island and emerge at different times. A particularly pesky biting gnat emerges in the spring (April-June) and fine mesh head nets are recommended. Call the visitor center for conditions.
Bison are very fast and should never be approached.
The are several campground options at Antelope Island, including camp sites for families, small groups, and large groups, ideal for family reunions. Individual hook-ups are available at certain camp sites at Bridger Bay Campground. Flush toilets and shower facilities can also be found at Bridger Bay Campground. There are also hike-in sites available, with no hook-ups. Advance camping reservations are recommended.
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.