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“Beautiful desert island”

Antelope Island State Park
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Owner description: A beautiful park located on the largest of the Great Salt Lakes islands; features lots of white-sand beaches, hiking and biking trails in addition to a variety of flora and fauna, including deer, bob cats, and of course, antelopes.
Salt Lake City, Utah
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Beautiful desert island”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

First time visiting in winter. Roads were cleared, no stench once you got away from the causeway. Gorgeous with a dusting of snow on the rabbit and sage brush. Saw bison, coyote and porcupine, but no pronghorn this time. Nice visitor center with good exhibits, gift shop, and introductory video. Garr Ranch was closed this time. Very peaceful place to visit so close to the busy I-15 corridor. (and Utah seniors was only $4.00)

Visited December 2012
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“Well worth the $9 fee”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

After you pay $9 at the entrance, you cross along causeway smelling the aroma of the great Salt Lake. It was not that bad in December but I can only imagine how bad the smell is during the summer months. I began my day at the visitor Center getting some information and watched a short film. It is really best to start earlier in the day so you can do a lot of hiking which is really the highlight of the island.

My objective was trying to find the bighorn sheep so they suggested me taking the Frary Peak Trail, and as I drove to the trail I saw a bunch of Buffalo. This trail is moderately difficult and climbs over 2000 feet to reach the peak of 6600 feet of Frairy Peak. The trail was a mixture of gravel, rock, scrub, snow, and mud. Bring a good camera, wear a good pair of hiking shoes, bring a bunch of water, and take frequent breaks. I did not see any bighorn sheep but was pleased to see an Osprey, a large coyote, and a bunch of bison below the ridge.

I concluded my day by taking a slow drive on the east side of the island watching hundreds and hundreds of buffalo along the roadside along with some mule deer. This was absolute phenomenal photography. The most important thing about antelope Island State Park is bringing a good camera and being careful as you hike any of the trails as it is extremely remote.

Visited December 2012
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Layton, Utah
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6 attraction reviews
“Solitude, beaches, sunsets”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

The most spectacular sunsets, awesome beaches and if you like find some solitude on this big island. Although it smells on the way up on the 7 mile causeway and on the beaches, it is worth the trip, especially in the cooler months since there will be biting midges or no-see-ums mainly during May.

Visited December 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“Great animal spotting opportunities”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Spent a day there in November just after snow storm Brutus went through. Park's road were cleared so that was good. Did both the buffalo point and the partial Frary Peak trails. Snow rackets would have been very helpful for the later but I still managed to reach the peak. I was amazed by the animal spotting opportunities, jackrabbits, coyotes, some sort of pheasants, antelopes, buffalos and dears, all in 5/6 hours roaming the park, awesome !

Visited November 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Relaxing drive/picnic day adventure with family & friends!”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

I've lived in SLC for 30+ years and have never visited this site. Wow, it was so much fun. It's wheel chair friendly (grandma) and can totally hold the interest of all age groups. There are beautiful paved camp sites, hiking trails, a visitors center, a restaurant, a beach, kayak rental, a marina, and did I mention all the buffalo, antelope, and birds everywhere and up close. You can hear the buffalo breathing! I've heard that bugs are usually a problem but we visited in Nov. and had no problem. We also watched 2 huge horn owls which was a real treat. The best part about this trip was the renewing feeling we got at being still with nature. It is so quiet here, and the view of the Rocky mountains reflecting on the lake begs visitors to drink of the beauty. It was like stepping back in time 100 years. Extremely peaceful. I only wished we had packed a picnic and a large blanket to sit on! To enter the park you drive across a seven-mile causeway which costs $9 a car. At first I thought that was a bit steep but after--it is ALL worth it. The farthest point of the island from the visitors center is at Fielding Garr Ranch (abt. 8 miles) which we debated whether or not go there. Yes, go! So worth the extra miles. Children will love exploring the house, water house, farm equipment, and owls nested in the lower grove of trees. So go pack your walking shoes, binoculars, camera, picnic blanket, lunch and plan on staying at least 4 hours or longer. Evening visits include a sunset across the lake which promises to be memorable! Now add some family or friends for a fun filled day of total kick-back relaxation!

Visited November 2012
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