After nearly getting into an accident on the Interstate because a Semi lost a couple of boxes of cargo, we arrived on Antelope Island early in the afternoon.
The Island is the biggest Island in the Great Salt Lake and is home to free roaming Bison and of course Antelope. From the brochure: the Island is about 28,000 acres and about 6,600 ft above sea level. A couple of miles over the empty causeway and we reached the island. The weather was perfect, a nice gentle breeze and sunshine. After getting the camp setup and the horses into the corrals, we went for a ride. One of the best rides of the whole journey.
We cantered up the hill for miles and enjoyed the view. Then we went down the hill and saw a couple of bison, amazing big creatures. After this great encounter we rode to the beach and enjoyed the plain endless wet beach. The memories of this ride will be always with us.
In the evening we got also visited by a lone bison in camp and saw a coyote while leaving the island on the next day.
We would suggest to visit Antelope Island in early spring or fall, because it can get very buggy during the summer. We were warned of the gnats that just hatched. Luckily, there were none, but instead there were thousands of mosquitoes which we only could leave behind us when cantering very fast.
Cost is $ 30 per night for primitive overnight camping. It’s very peaceful out there and a wonderful place to enjoy nature and lots of wildlife!
- Trails: 50 miles
- Stalls: No, but 2 paddocks
- Water: No
- Restrooms: 1 vault toilet
- Camping: Yes, primitive. Only 2 equestrian sites
- Cost: $ 30 first night, $ 24 subsequent night
- More info about Antelope Island State Park