Antelope Island State Park

The only way to reach Antelope Island by car is by driving across seven miles of a two-lane causeway. On either side is a smelly bay, with fields of salt close to the road.

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park

Now that you’ve reached the island, you can roll down the windows and enjoy the breeze. Keep an eye out for bison as you drive up to the visitor center.

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park

When the friendly park ranger recommends a couple of easy hikes, keep in mind that her definition of “easy” may not be the same as yours. Go on the hikes anyway! Start with the Buffalo Point Trail, which is short but also quite steep.

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park

Buffalo Point Trail, Antelope Island State Park

On your walk you will see some very cool rocks, a few wildflowers, and lots of tiny lizards. The lizards will scamper out of your way so quickly that you don’t even have a chance to be scared of them.

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park

Now you can rest for a bit as you drive to the other side of the island. Watch the fields for bison and antelope. You may even see more bison here than at Custer!

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park

It’s time to start the Frary Peak Trail that takes you to Dooley Knob. Carry water and snacks. Ignore the fact that the entire trail is uphill.

Frary Peak & Dooley Knob Trail, Antelope Island State Park

Frary Peak & Dooley Knob Trail, Antelope Island State Park

You can’t ignore that the entire trail is uphill. Stop often to catch your breath, er, look out over the wondrous landscape.

Antelope Island State Park

You made it to the top! Oh, wait, nope. You’ve made it to the beginning of the Dooley Knob Spur. Onward!

Frary Peak & Dooley Knob Trail, Antelope Island State Park

Frary Peak & Dooley Knob Trail, Antelope Island State Park

Now you’ve made it to the top! Hooray! You’re at 5200 feet! See how tiny your car looks from up here. Even Salt Lake City looks small in the distance.

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park

Frary Peak & Dooley Knob Trail, Antelope Island State Park

Frary Peak & Dooley Knob Trail, Antelope Island State Park

Head back downhill to explore more of the island. Give yourself a high five for being outdoorsy!

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park

Drive down the east side of the island for more bison and pronghorn spotting.

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park

Turn around at the horse barns and head back towards the causeway. Watch out for bison crossing the road!

Antelope Island State Park

End your visit to the island by spotting a small group of mule deer on the hillside.

Antelope Island State Park

 

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