Antelope Island - Evan Cobb | Independent Photographer & Videographer | Salt Lake City

Antelope Island

Antelope Island has a certain feel that I still can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it is the causeway that seems to bring you out into a different world or the wildlife that lumber by your vehicles. No matter what it is, I always enjoy a long drive around the island in search of wildlife and quiet. 

Facts:

You can hike, mountain bike or horseback ride in the park's trails. 

There are several primitive camp sites available.

Due to the millions of birds that come to the shores, there are amazing opportunities for birding. 

Free-range bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and other desert animals meander around the island. 

However, when you do find the herd, there are often many other cars stopped. This is understandable though, who wouldn't want to make some pictures of these free-range bison that wander the island.  


The bison were introduced to Antelope Island in 1893. The bison continue to thrive on the native grassland that the majority of the island is made up of. In the fall, there is the round-up, where many cowboys come in to help herd the bison into pens to be evaluated and selected. This process also helps maintain the herd size so it doesn't become too large and unsustainable for the island.  Some of the animals are sold for meat or breeding stock for commercial farms.