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Wildlife Viewing on Antelope Island

Antelope Island is the largest of 10 islands located within the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It’s home to free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, antelope, and various birds, making it a great location for hiking, biking, scenic driving, and viewing wildlife.

We stopped at several view points on Antelope Island. This island itself is 42 square miles, making it small enough to visit multiple locations in just a few hours.

U.S. Army and Ranger Memorial on Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/
Our first stop was a monument honoring 12 Army Rangers and Air Force special operations troops who died in a helicopter crash during training near Antelope Island.

Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/

Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/
Second stop: a quick hike to Lady Finger Point.

Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/
A marooned couple?

California Gulls Seagulls on Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/
California Gulls, which are the state birds of Utah.

Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/

Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/
Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/
The salinity in the Great Salt Lake is so high, only brine shrimp, brine flies, and algae can survive. Apparently the water is so clear in many spots that the brine shrimp (aka Sea Monkeys!) can be spotted clearly. We chose to skip rocks instead of venturing into the water. 🙂

Deer, antelope roaming on Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/
One of several lone pronghorns spotted in the distance at stop number 3 (Beacon Knob overlook).

Antelope on Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/

Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/
View of Buffalo Bay.

Bison grazing on Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/
The Antelope Island bison herd currently numbers between 550 and 700. We saw several herds in the distance and these two up close.

Bison grazing on Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/

Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/antelope-island/

Antelope Island State Park Overview

  • Address: 4528 W 1700 S, Syracuse, UT 84075
  • Fees: $10/vehicle
  • Hours: 6am – 10pm
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Pets allowed: Yes, on leash but not allowed on beaches.
  • Camera info: Canon 6D, Canon 16-35 2.8L II, Canon 70-200mm f/4L
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