Antelope Island, Utah

Have you been to Antelope Island State Park on the scenic Great Salt Lake in Utah?  We spent a beautiful day there with our oldest son, Harrison and our golden retriever Oso.  We were absolutely blown away by the beauty of the place.

Deer Statue at the Visitor's Center, Antelope Island, Utah

Bison statue at the visitor's center, Antelope Island, Utah

Antelope Island, Utah

The park is located about 41 miles north of Salt Lake City.  You can reach the park via the Davis County Causeway.  The entrance fee is $10 per car or $3 per person by foot or bike.  Dogs are free!  The drive across the causeway is gorgeous!  

Antelope Island, Utah

We had driven all day and were not dressed for hiking so we decided to do the easy hike to Buffalo Point.  It’s only .8 miles and the views are amazing!  It’s perfect for families with small children and teens who are just in it for the photo-op! 

Buffalo Point Trail, Antelope Island, Utah

Buffalo Point Trail, Antelope Island, Utah

The trail ends at the top of the mountain with some fun rocks to climb and this view!

Antelope Island, Utah

For a more challenging hike, try Frary Peak.  This moderate 6.6-mile hike ends at the highest point on the island and I am told that the view is amazing!

Antelope Island, Utah

The Great Salt Lake is the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere.  The lake is about 75 miles long by 35 miles wide.  The Great Salt Lake has no outlets to the ocean so the only way that water can leave the lake is by evaporation.  This leaves all the salt behind, much like the ocean, only saltier. 

Antelope Island, Utah


Antelope Island, Utah

There are 4 campgrounds in the park and you can reserve a spot by calling  (801) 322-3770.

Antelope Island, Utah

Antelope Island, Utah

Dog are allowed in most areas of the park but must be on a leash.  

Antelope Island, Utah

There are around 250 American Bison on Antelope Island.  The park has an annual bison roundup ever October which is open to the public.  You can watch from your own horse or arrange a local guide.  Reservations are required.  

American Bison on Antelope Island, Utah

The park is open daily from 6am until 10 pm.  They are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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  1. Sandy N Vyjay Reply

    The pictures are lovely and bring alive the beauty of Antelope Island. It is so heartening to see that this wonderful place is dog friendly. I can see that the golden retriever enjoyed the outing. The wildlife is something that I am fascinated by.

  2. Wow! Just wow! I’m always looking for dog-friendly spots and this looks like one a dog would LOVE exploring, too! I love that your dog will drink from a bottle of water. So cute. 🙂

    That said, I’d love to see some bison!

  3. Wow this place looks stunning, I’m in love. It’s definitely a worthy place to take my dog 🙂

  4. This place looks absolutely gorgeous! Although I wish the dogs could roam freely and enjoy some freedom without the leash. Must put Antelope Island on our travel bucket list now for sure.

  5. What a gorgeous place for a hike. I always laugh when parks are closed on holidays…really…why?

  6. Love your photos! Stunning! The place looks gorgeous and perfect for a family hike. Seeing wildlife along the way must be amazing. Your son and your dog sure had a blast!

  7. Oh for the days when we can complete 6.6 miles on a hike without the kids complaining for a third of it. It really does look awesome. We’ve only ever driven past and watched the bison through a telescope. Maybe this’ll be a part of next spring’s camping trip.

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  9. Utah is a beautiful place .I have been also searching for various travel spot in utah and found various spots.Be it historical or museums.

  10. Wow I thought that statue deer was a live for a second! I love how the landscape transforms from flatland to mountains almost instantly

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