When I caught my first glimpse of Antelope Island, I thought, “Wow. This is amazing.” It was amazing. All you could see was this stark, barren expanse for miles and miles. And, if you’re lucky, you might see some bison or antelope. Antelope Island was so quiet and peaceful, and it makes you want to spend the whole day there. We stopped at the Visitor’s Center for an hour or so. Inside, there is a gift shop, and tons of cool information. Did you know that there are between 550 and 700 bison on the island. And since there aren’t any predators(such as wolves) to keep the population just right, some bison get sold?There was also a display of brine shrimp. Brine shrimp are crustaceans that inhabit salty waters around the world. At the back of the Visitor’s Center there is an exit to go outside and get a great view of the island. It was so windy! I could barely walk. But that was nothing compared to what I was going to experience later!
We headed down over near one of the campsites, ready to walk over to the Great Salt Lake. It took a long time. With each step it looked as if it was getting further and further away! By the way, the walk was splendid! It was so stark, and the sand was almost white, reminding of the Salt Lake Flats. Careful, though! There are little(deep!) sinkholes everywhere, speaking from experience! There are so many beautiful hiking trails around. The one we decided to go was Buffalo Point. It didn’t take too long to get to the top, but it was crazy windy! Like, bending backwards and not falling windy! It was quite odd!
Up at the top, you can see the entire Wasatch Bench, and there are huge rocks to scramble on. I personally chose to find a large one blocking the wind, and meditated there for a couple of minutes. It was very soothing.
Tips for the Island Enthusiast
- Bring water! I cannot stress this enough. Just walking from the campsite to the lake took about a tiring 20 minutes.
- During the end of winter, be sure to bring a sweater and a hat to protect you from the harsh winds.
- Be sure to wear proper shoes. Some of the trails are quite steep, and rocky!
- Have fun! Antelope Island is one of the best places to go in Utah. It’s amazingly quiet and serene, but it’s also a great place for family trips!
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