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Antelope Island events highlight area’s beauty, wildlife, history

Located in Davis County, Antelope Island is the largest of about a dozen islands in the Great Salt Lake. Numerous ancient lake shorelines cross the slopes of Antelope Island, recording the rise and fall of Ice Age Lake Bonneville.
Located in Davis County, Antelope Island is the largest of about a dozen islands in the Great Salt Lake. Numerous ancient lake shorelines cross the slopes of Antelope Island, recording the rise and fall of Ice Age Lake Bonneville.
Ken Krahulec, Utah Geological Survey

ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK — Park officials will host a series of events over the next couple of weeks highlighting the island’s beauty, wildlife and history.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, a lecture will focus on the history of Antelope Island’s bison at one of Utah’s earliest ranches, the historic Fielding Garr Ranch. For more information, call 801-649-5742.

On Friday, July 1, the public is invited to join park rangers in the White Rock Bay group site for an evening around the campfire. The event starts at 8 p.m. and will feature myths and legends surrounding the Great Salt Lake and the island. Participants are encouraged to bring marshmallow roasting sticks for making s’mores. For more information contact Ranger Ellen Labotka, ellenlabotka@utah.gov.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, a park naturalist will lead a hike to Beacon Knob at 9 a.m. The hike, which ends at an overlook to the Wasatch Mountains, is considered easy to moderate and is approximately 4.5 miles. Hikers should bring water and snacks, and they’re advised there are no restroom facilities at the trailhead.

Antelope Island State Park is located approximately 41 miles north of Salt Lake City. Take Exit 332 off I-15, then drive west on Antelope Drive to the park entrance gate. The entrance fee is $10 per vehicle for up to eight people. The fee for senior citizens (62 and older) is $5 per vehicle for up to eight people. For more information, call 801-725-9263 or visit stateparks.utah.gov/parks/antelope-island.