To get onto the island, you pay a day fee ($10) drive along a 7 mile long causeway (all the while enjoying the smell of the Great Salt Lake) and then you get to explore the island. There are no residents on the island, but there is a ranch that was used by settlers a 150 years ago there as well as a visitor center.
If you are lucky, you can get up close (but not too close) to the 500 - 700 wandering buffalo that inhabit the island. When we went last fall, we were bombarded with herds of them. This time -- not so much. We did spy a few as well as a coyote that was perched on a rock watching traffic go by.
Antelope island is a great day visit and if you enjoy cycling, you can pretty much tour the island on your bicycle. It is also an ideal place to have a picnic.
There are a few trails on the island, but today wasn't a hiking day for me.
I do wish the inversion layer was gone today as I would've gotten some absolutely stunning photos but alas that wasn't the case. Either way, enjoy the photos I took:
|Me posing with an antelope - causeway in the distance
|The Frozen Great Salt Lake
|Part of the causeway to the island
|Parking lot of the marina
|Frozen Great Salt Lake
|Notice the snow crystals.
|Notice the coyote. He was perched on the rock to the right
|Frary Peak Trail Head
|View near Frary Peak
|Lots of horse riders there today
|The causeway - Syracuse Utah is in the distance