The largest of the Great Salt Lake's 9 islands, Antelope Island is part of the Utah State Park System.
Visitors can reach the park by boat or via automobile over a causeway that extends west from the Layton area.
Recreational opportunities abound. White sand beaches beckon to sunbathers and picnickers. Hiking, biking and horseback trails lead to scenic points on the island. A marina serves sailboats, powerboats and kayakers. Campers come to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets in seclusion found only minutes from their urban homes.
Many people enjoy swimming in the Great Salt Lake's salty water, which is several times more salty than the ocean. Because it is so salty, the water is extra buoyant and people float easily on its surface.
From the mainland, the island's 28,022 acres appear barren and deserted. But Antelope Island is home to an astonishing variety of flora and fauna native to the Great Basin. This is a great place to view wildlife. The island was without its namesake antelope for many years, but they were reintroduced in 1993 and can now be seen in many areas of the park. Deer, bobcats, coyotes, many varieties of birds and waterfowl also call the island home. But most famous are Antelope Island's American Bison, introduced to the island in 1893 and now numbering some 600 animals. Wild animals are often seen by people driving the backroads and hiking or biking the park's trails. The annual bison roundup each November is a particularly good time to view the bison, and to see techniques used on a working buffalo ranch.
Facilities include a marina, beach picnic area and camping areas. RVs are welcome but there are no hookups. The campgrounds have vault toilets. Water is available at the Bridger Bay Beach area on the sides of the beach buildings. Showers are also available at the beach area. A restaurant is available on the island and concessionaires provide other limited goods and services.
Beautiful scenery close to Salt Lake City and other Wasatch Front towns
Swimming in the salty lake water
Camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding
Historic ranch house and exhibits
In the Great Salt Lake, west of the town of Layton, about 41 miles north of Salt Lake City.
Directions: Take Exit 332 off Interstate 15, then drive west on Antelope Drive for 7 miles to the park entrance, then another 7 miles across a narrow causeway to the island.
Antelope Island State Park
4528 West 1700 South
Syracuse, UT 84075
(801) 773-2941 Entrance Gate
(801) 725-9263 Visitor Center
July - Mid-September - 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Mid-September - October 1 - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
October 2 - Mid-November - 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Mid-November - February - 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
March 1 - May 1 - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
May 2 - June - 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Visitor Center and Fielding Garr Ranch Hours:
April 15 to September 14 - 9 am to 6 pm
September 15 to April 14 - 9am to 5 pm
Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving and Christmas
$10 Day-Use per vehicle
$5 Day-Use for Utah senior residents
$3 Cyclists and Pedestrians
Camping Fees: $15 initial night; $12 proceeding nights for single
$30 initial night; $24 proceeding nights for group
$75 Annual Day-Use Pass (causeway pass is separate)
$35 Senior Adventure (annual) Pass
Boating (powerboats, sailboats, kayaks)
Horseback tours are available. For information and reservations call 801-726-9514.
Bridger Bay Campground offers 25 units for tents and RVs (including pull-through sites for vehicles up to 90 feet, but no hookups). $13 camping fee per site.
Group sites are available at White Rock Bay
800-322-3770 (toll-free from outside the Salt Lake City area)
801-322-3770 (from within the Salt Lake City area)
801-773-2941 (for group camping reservations)
Marina, boat ramp (paved)
Group day use and campsites
Sewage disposal station
Trails (hiking, biking, horseback)