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Antelope Island

The largest island in the Great Salt Lake, is also a 28,000 acre State Park, accessible by a 7 mile causeway across the lake. Over 600 bison, pronghorn, coyote, chukars, horseback concession, the Great Salt Lake, a Visitors Center, a beach to float and play, beautiful sunsets. So much to do! Come explore all the beauty of this "desert"-ed island! #AntelopeIsland #Utah #DACVB #DavisCounty

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Layton, Utah 2011

Sharing the road with a mammoth (bison).

After a long day of working the bison, which occurs the week after the Antelope Island Bison Round-Up. (Photo courtesy of Tom Mathewson, Mathewson Images).

Antelope Island / Great Salt Lake, US (by tophera on Flickr). It appears to be taken from the Salt Lake Marina on the mainland, south of the island.

Antelope Island

Antelope Island by Kyle Wells

Captured this on Antelope Island

Ooid sand from Antelope Island, The Great Salt Lake, Utah. Visitors are surprised to learn what looks like sand on the beaches, is not really sand like they'd find on an ocean beach

Every end-of-October, the bison-round-up allows weekend cowboys to "drive" the island's bison to the corrals at the north end of the island where their health is checked, and some are culled. Some go willingly. Others put up a stink - and give horse, rider and photographer a thrill.

Apparently the pronghorn were common to the island when Kit Carson and John C Fremont explored it - and named it after what they figured were "antelope". They disappeared for a while while the island was a sheep ranch, but were reintroduced a number of years ago, and are doing well today.

Coyote are common sights on the island, though mostly from a distance. They're smart & wily, but very shy. The best time to see them is late in the evening, or early in the morning. If you camp on the island, you hear them all night.

Chukar are native to Afghanistan, but they're prolific on the island. They look like chubby quail as they skitter about, from place to place.

Millions of birds stop in at the island during the fall and spring during their migrations. Antelope Island is one of the best places in the world to watch birds.

"A Different View" Salt Lake City, photo taken from south east shore of Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. Utah has, on average, the tallest mountains of all the states. High Uintahs get to 13,000 feet.

SO CUTE! Bison in winter on Antelope Island. Feb 2. (Via AISP Fb page) 2 February A big fuzzy pushing through the snow 'looking for food. One of a bison's many adaptations is that huge head and powerful shoulders to do just that.' (via Antelope Island State Park Fb page. Click for source)

Antelope Island State Park, Utah

Antelope Island State Park, Utah - Hiking Scene - Lantern Press Poster

View looking north from the causeway leading out to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake in Utah. This image was taken near sunset.

Coyote on Antelope Island

A Howl of a Surprise

Please don't taunt the animals, don't throw rocks at them, or shake the chain link fence to attract their attention... unless you have a hole to drop into - or a better (than this guy had) escape route planned.

Surf's up on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake

Sunset over the Great Salt Lake What an amazing sunset. I could not have scripted a better scene and just could not stop taking photos. July 3, 2010 Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake, Utah

Salt Lake City skyline is a site to behold, on a winter horseback ride - with the towering Wasatch Mountains behind it.

The Visitors Center at Antelope Island State Park

Sunsets are always better on the island.

Bison ramble along the shore, during sunflower season (late July through August)

Surf's up on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island is on the Pacific Flyway, where millions of birds stop over on their migration in spring and fall.

Ron and Jes are the outfitters at R & G Horse and Wagon. Call 888-878-8002 for a ride you won't forget. You pick the date & time, and one of them will go with your group. No trail riding! You'll traverse the wide open plains where you're virtually guaranteed to see deer, antelope and bison playing and roaming.

Early island explorers mistakenly identified what are really pronghorn. But Pronghorn Island, doesn't have the same "ring". You'll see them all over the island - and the west.

During the winter, the animals and birds are sometimes more active and visible than they are in summer. Who knew?

A lone kayaker on the Great Salt Lake. Photo by Lauren Call

Kayakers enjoy a few dips of the paddle in the Great Salt Lake at sunset.

I would have thought that all rocks are the same age, but the Visitors Center will tell you that the rocks on Antelope Island are some of the oldest in the world. Pretty too, in a stark kind of way.

Stop by the Island Buffalo Grill during warmer months for a bison burger, or just to relax. Located on the north end of the island at Bridger Bay.

The trailhead at Frary Peak, provides great views of Weber and Davis Counties from the island.

Eagles are a common site around the Great Salt Lake, and on Antelope Island.

Coyote are common sites on Antelope Island. As are the wascally wabbits that they chase.

The views of the mainland are pretty spectacular, especially when the water is as smooth as glass.

It's kind of funny to see hitchhikers on the bison. Little birds that have a lofty perch - it's a very common site.

Bison are wild animals, and it's NOT a good idea to get out of the safety of your car to take their pictures, but with a zoom you can get just as close, and often they're right on the road

There's a paved road that runs down 2/3rds of the east side of the island, where you can often see the bison and other animals. But, the best way to see them is to rent horses from the R&G stables at Fielding Garr Ranch. This is not trail riding, you ride side by side across the prairie grass. Call 801-774-8200 for reservations and more info.

The island was named by pioneers, who mistakenly called the animals that lived there "antelope". Technically, they're pronghorn - an animal found throughout Utah and the west.