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Exploring: Antelope Island  

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Antelope Island is the largest island located in the Great Salt Lake. It is accessed by a seven mile causeway leading from Syracuse, UT. From Salt Lake City, drive North on I-15, get off at the Syracuse exit and follow the signs due West to the beginning of the causeway.

There is a fee of eight dollars per vehicle or four dollars for bicyclists and walk-ins. Antelope Island a good place to find some solitude just miles from the suburban life. Given the closeness of the island to the Salt Lake valley it really is surprising how few people are there.

There are a number of activities available on Antelope Island. A popular activity with the children is a tour of the Fielding Garr Ranch. This ranch was the longest continually occupied homestead in the state of Utah. Brigham Young appointed Fielding Garr to manage the herds of cattle tithed to the LDS church. In 1848 Fielding built a small log cabin on the island.  This expanded cabin/ranch was occupied until 1981 when the island became a state park. The ranch remains today an interactive glimpse into conditions back in homesteading days.

There are many hiking/biking trails. The White Rock Loop is a 7.5 mile loop that also accesses the Elephant Head Trail and Split Rock Loop. All of these trails offer challenging terrain and spectacular scenery. Donít be surprised if you see one of the islandís 600 bison. The Frary Peak Trail reaches the highest point on the island. This trail climbs to a high point of 6,596 feet, this vantage point provides some of the best views on the island.

If you havenít spotted one of the bison while driving or hiking through the park donít fret, there are always some hanging out near the park office/pens. Here you will find some of these large creatures up close and personal. Antelope Island is home to the third largest publically owned herd of buffalo. Once a year the park service rounds up these beasts in a spectacle that rivals an old west cattle drive. The bison are rounded up, tagged and inoculated, the public is welcome to come watch. 

The Bridger Bay campground is located on the Northwest corner of the island, this lends itself to some of the best sunset opportunities. The sun setting across the lake is a visual sensory event not to be missed. There are 26 sites available, bring your own shade as not much is to be found. There are also five group sites available in White Rock Bay. The group sites all have their own bathroom and shaded picnic area. 

Be sure and stop by the Buffalo Point cafť and try one of their buffalo burgers. You might want to get it to go though, the deck can at times be overwhelmed by wasps. Iíd recommend getting it to go and hiking up the Buffalo Point trail a bit for a scenic lunch.

Nearby Area:

Willard Bay

Campgrounds

Bridger Bay


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cover   Utah Atlas and Gazetteer
by DeLorme (Editor)

Book Description
Rely on the Utah Atlas & Gazetteer for the utmost in trip planning and 
backcountry access. Contains topographic maps with unbeatable 
detail, plus gazetteer information on great places to go and things to do. 
Scale equals 1:250,000 or 1"=4 miles. Contour Interval is 300'. Each 
page covers 37 miles... Read more

Utah's National Parks: Hiking, Camping, and Vacationing in Utah's Canyon Country: Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands

Utah Camping: The Complete Guide to more than 400 Campgrounds (Foghorn Outdoors)

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Utah Camping Guide : The essential handbook for ...

Backcountry Adventures: Utah: The Ultimate Guide to the Utah Backcountry for Anyone With a Sport Utility Vehicle

Backcountry Moab - Where The Tours Don't Go

Exploring Canyonlands and Arches National Parks 

Hiking and Exploring Utah's San Rafael Swell

Utah Underground: Guide to Real Fun

Travel Smart: Utah

Hidden Salt Lake City and Beyond: Including Park City, Deer Valley, Alta and Snowbird

 

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