|Antelope Island State Park
Visit this largest island in the Great Salt Lake, which offers camping, wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Antelope Island comprises 28,022 acres, and is 15 miles long and 4.5 miles across at its widest point. Visitors reach the island by a seven-mile causeway spanning the Great Salt Lake. On the island, a visitor center offers exhibits, publications, bookstore, restrooms and amphitheater. Historic Fielding Garr Ranch offers self-guided tours, exhibits, and restrooms. Special events are scheduled during summer months and holidays. There is no drinking water available. The backcountry trail system offers many trails, which vary in length and difficulty. Consult trail maps or signs for more information. No water is available along the trails so plan accordingly. Off-trail and motorized vehicle use is prohibited. Horses, dogs and bicycles are not allowed on the Frary Peak trail.
- 26 primitive campsites with a picnic table
- fire pit/grill
- vault toilets
- There is no water, electricity, or shade in the campground
- White Rock Bay Group Campground
- 12 primitive campsites, which are available by reservation for groups up to 70 people
- Picnic tables
- Fire pit
- charcoal grill are located at each site
- Vault toilets are available
- No water or electricity is available in the campground
Artifacts reveal prehistoric people inhabited the island more than 6,000 years ago. John C. Fremont and Kit Carson made the first known Anglo exploration of Antelope Island in 1845, and named it after observing several pronghorn antelope grazing on the rangelands. The oldest rocks on Antelope Island are some of the oldest found anywhere on earth. The Farmington Canyon complex, at 2.7 billion years old, is older than rocks found at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. These rocks, which are banded and contorted, comprise the southern two-thirds of the island.
Tour the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch and explore western ranching history. Watch for bison, the island’s most famous residents. Twelve animals were introduced to the island in 1893; the foundation for today’s herd of 500 to 700. In addition to large mammals, the island is home to bobcats, coyotes, reptiles, shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and chukars. Float in the Great Salt Lake; salinity is too high to support fish and most other aquatic species, however, brine shrimp, brine flies and several types of algae thrive in the lake. Brine flies and brine shrimp are the primary food source for millions of migrating birds.
Antelope Island State Park
4528 West 1700 south
Syracuse, UT 84075
(801) 773-2941 Entrance Gate
(801) 550-6165 Park headquarters
(801) 725-9263 Visitor Center
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