Antelope Island | The Great Salt Lake

Alright, so remember how I told October what a glorious month it had been?  Well, sheesh, November is rocking it too!  (Well, it was, until this Polar Vortex set in.)

Usually, when we've been out to Antelope Island it's so BLASTED hot, you think you want to go and dip yourself into The Great Salt Lake.  So, you begin your mile long walk out there (The Great Salt Lake has been super low for years.) and wade through the sea of bugs, which, may be another mile or so still from salty water.  If you actually make it past all that, then you get to stick your feet in the brine shrimp infested waters.  I make it sounds gross, well, because most of the time it is.  I say it's worth it once in your life, because The Great Salt Lake is a phenomenon.  If you've done it once, you've probably not done it again, right?

We at The Salt Project have figured it out though.  If you go in November, you bypass all the crazy bugs (which in my mind are the absolute worst.) and it wasn't super windy.  It's not blazing hot, in fact, we had our kids in shorts and some even in all long sleeves and pants.  It was a heavenly temperature. Everything was just right.

Aiko even tried her first sand angel.  Which, of course, resulted in sand into all her tiny little knitted crevices.

Stephanie and her crew actually took the long walk to The Great Salt Lake.  Again, worth it because there was no bugs!

Check out what other fun things there is to do here.

Park hours:  6 AM-6PM

Entrance fees (includes causeway and wildlife fees):

Entrance fee: $10 per vehicle up to 8 people

Senior entrance fee (Utah residents over 62 years of age): $5 per vehicle up to 8 people

Bicycles and Pedestrians: $3 per person

Commercial Groups (over 8 people per vehicle): $3 per person and $5 per bus

Educational Groups: $1 per person with prior reservation


See our other posts about Antelope Island here.

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Liss (not verified)

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 13:53

We went to the bison roundup and then a week later to see the bison get their yearly checkups. Both were amazing and we had lovely weather AND we did the junior ranger booklets and checked out the Garr ranch while we were there too. SO much fun!

Diana (not verified)

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 14:01

We went to the salt lake to follow out a dream I had in third grade. I did not know how to swim at the time and the idea of floating wothout working at it was right up my alley! I grew up going to lakes, and as far as that, I found The Great Salt Lake to be pretty clean! It was HOT! (We went second week,of June), so the walk was loong. Be sure to have your feet protected. It did not smell the way some say it would, and there were no bugs til we hit the shoreline, and they were only ankle high. I waded right through. It takes a long distance to get knee deep, so I just picked a spot and laid down. It was very exciting to fulfill a childhood dream. There were brine shrimp, I guess...they just looked like dirt floating in the clean water to me. I am very glad we did it!

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