- Type: Outdoor Recreation
NileGuide Expert Says:
The best panoramic views of the Great Salt Lake are seen from Antelope Island State Park.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Visit Antelope Island in late October for the yearly buffalo roundup. The buffalo are driven into corrals for their yearly checkup by volunteer horsemen and helicopter and is quite a sight to see.
- The Great Salt Lake has a salinity roughly 10 times that of ocean water. It's shallow and generally hard to interact with. However, it has a unique beauty worth checking out. One of the best ways to explore the Great Salt Lake and its natural environs is to take a trip to Antelope Island State Park.
This island, hardly developed at all, allows you to envision what the shores of the Great Salt Lake looked like hundreds of years ago, before millions of people lived in Utah. Visit the historic farm built by settlers 150+ years ago. Or try to catch a glimpse the island's free-roaming buffalo heard; every October a roundup to help thin the heard before the winter months. Take a hike or a mountain bike ride along the island's trails.
Though only about 20 miles northwest of Salt Lake City as the crow flies, Antelope Island actually requires about 45 miles of driving to reach. First head north on I-15 into Syracuse, then take Exit 335 and head west, following signs for Antelope Island State Park. During late May of every year, the Salt Lake Century bike tour rides north from Salt Lake City and onto Antelope Island before heading back south.
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