Antelope Island State Park
Davis County is the "Home of the Great Salt Lake", and the best place to experience the lake is starting from Antelope Island State Park.
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Don't miss it, as part of your Davis County trip itinerary.
Access to the island is by a causeway at the western end of Antelope Drive. Take Exit 332 from I-15 and continue about 10 -15 minutes to the entrance to the park. A $9 park fee is required at the park gate.
Watch these short videos to get aquainted with the island.
YouTube Educational Video (longer, more detailed information)
The DACVB's Introductory Video (short slideshow video)
The Bison Roundup (while the focus is on the round up itself, this video from KSL Outdoors is a great introduction to the island. Very informative!)
A Map of ALL of Utah's State Parks (see below for the image)
The park is accessed by a seven-mile causeway from the mainland to the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. By late summer, over seven hundred bison, and hundreds of pronghorn, mule deer, big-horn sheep, numerous coyote, rabbits and chukars make the island home. During migratory season, these animals share the island with millions of transient birds.
More than 36 miles of back country trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding allow visitors to discover unique geology and see incredible views. Pavilions, showers, and white sandy beaches at Bridger Bay make floating in the Great Salt Lake a unique experience.
Start at the Antelope Island Visitors Center to get oriented with a movie, exhibits, and the gift shop. Then, drive the eight-mile loop road to Buffalo Point or visit the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch on the southeast end of the island. The ranch interprets life on Utah’s oldest anglo structure.
Visitor Center Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM
Click here for more Antelope Island and Great Salt Lake Facts
or visit www.stateparks.utah.gov
Like many campsites and camping areas around Utah, camping on Antelope Island is not managed by the State Park system, but rather by a third party called Reserve America. There are "group camping spots" for scout groups, Father/Son groups and other larger groups on White Rock Bay. Smaller campsites (right) are available for individual families and campers on the west end of Bridger Bay. There is little shelter, so summer sun can be pretty brutal - and the winds can arise at any time of the year.
Be aware that the "no-see-ums" or "biting midges" can be bad in mild spring weather - until we get a few 90*+ days. No-see-ums are NOT mosquitos - but they can be many times nastier and more annoying to some people. Winter, fall and summer months are very tolerable. In the spring, you're taking your chances.
For camping information and reservations call 800-322-3770 or go online and fill out the form. Because it's a third-party, and not people on the island - the folks who answer the phone may not have the information to answer your specific questions. Please call the park if you have questions before you make your reservation. The park gate number is 801-773-2941 and the park office number is 801-652-2043
For information regarding the horseback riding stables, or to make a reservation, please call 888-878-8002. More information
If you plan to bring your own horse to the island, please make note that you must stay within 20' of either side of a trail.
Grab something to eat at the Island Buffalo Grill!
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, at Bridger Bay on the north end of the island, you can grab a buffalo burger, take a break, or eat one of the other scrumptious offerings at the Island Buffalo Grill. Contact Tacey at taceyweaver @comcast.net for more information or to arrange for your group to be fed there.
The Island Buffalo Grill
There are also fresh water showers here, the inside showers have hot water - but run on quarters, so bring some with you. Outside showers are ambient temperature.
Published Park Hours:
May through September - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November through February - 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April - 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Phone for the main gate: 801-773-2941
Visitor Center: 801-725-9263
Park Naturalist (school groups): 801-721-9569
Visitor Center and Fielding Garr Ranch Hours:
April 15 to September 14 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
September 15 to April 14 - 9a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving and Christmas
$9 day use per vehicle (includes Davis County causeway fee)
$3 cyclists and pedestrians
How many of Utah's 43 State Parks have you visited?