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“well worth the 45 minute drive from central Salt Lake City”

Antelope Island State Park
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Syracuse
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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.
Menlo Park, California
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“well worth the 45 minute drive from central Salt Lake City”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

In winter, at least, this State Park is a fascinating and very quiet place to visit. It's the best way to get a sense of the natural history and current ecosystems of the Great Salt Lake. The Island is surprisingly varied, with beaches, numerous rock formations, and some impressive hills. The easy visibility from the road of the large resident herd of bison and smaller animals such as antelope was a nice bonus. The Visitor Center is well done, though fairly small.

Visited January 2013
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“Go in the Spring to Avoid the Bugs!”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Avoid July and August. There are billions of brine flies and it smells like rotten eggs. That being said, Antelope Island is easily accessible and only costs $9 per car. Most locals haven't ever been. Be sure to go to the Visitor Center, Fielding Garr Ranch, Buffalo Point, and Bridger Bay. For a more rugged view, hike down to the beach at Lady Finger Point. There are some events like Cowboy Poetry and Music Festivals that are held at the Ranch.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“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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Kentucky
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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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“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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