Antelope island is SO COOL. I love that there are other posts of Antelope Island on the Salt Project. Because really, if you live in northern Utah and you haven't been, you should. That's it. No excuses. It's awesome, and I feel like it's SOOOOO UTAH. This is perfect for Spring.
I think that Antelope Island is SO UNIQUE. I love the Bison, I love that it is in the Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake is cool enough as it is, I mean when you look at a map of the US you always know where home is. I LOVE IT. Also, you don’t have to drive to Yellowstone to see Bison. It’s practically in your BACKYARD! Utah is SO RAD.
When Utah was giving us a beautiful warm and sunny Spring Saturday I loaded up my kids and took the drive out to the Great Salt Lake to look at bison. Who knows how many warm days you’ll get before yet ANOTHER SNOW STORM hits.
So today I share with you two perfectly great, spring hikes on the island! (Check out the second hike here.)
I chose to do Buffalo Point because what I read was that it seemed easy enough for my kids to do and rewarding enough that we were going to see some pretty vistas with our elevation gain.
I have a 4 year old and 3 year old twins. They have short legs and we have been sitting in doors all winter so I needed something that can get them back into shape!
So we don’t delay in hitting some of our favorite trails when the snow melts.
Also there are picnic tables and a patio at the trail head so that you could have lunch or just admire the vistas there if you wanted to. The views were REALLY PRETTY from the patio.
About the Trail
It is .4 miles one way. The uphill isn’t that terrible and the scenery is really pretty all the way up. There are even benches along the trail, so that must tell you something on what types of vistas you can stop and look at it. We saw lots of bison down below and even an antelope!
Which made for some fun conversations. Elevation gain isn’t terrible and the top is fun to scramble up on top of some rock formations. My kids enjoyed the scrambling once we got on top.
How to get to the trail.
I really didn’t feel like things were marked very well on the island. Finding the trail head was tricky. For your convenience I have included a screen shot of a Google Map image to help guide you. If you start from when you get off the cause way head left, the road forks. If you want to put something into your phone search for Buffalo Point Road, although the final destination will not be the trail head, it will put you on the trail that you need to be on and when you follow the road to the end you go up the hill and find the trail head, it’s pretty obvious when you get there.
Check out the second hike that Rhiannon is sharing. It also includes some Buffalo Facts!
Link to trailhead.
- 10$ Entrance Fee
- Best time to go is in Spring and Fall – there are bugs EVERY WHERE in the summer and it’s HOT.
- There are plenty of trails to do on the island, besides these two that I highlighted.
- Visit the Ranch!
- Be bison aware. They prefer to be alone.