Not far from the Salt Lake City, Utah, Antelope Island links itself to the mainland by a causeway. We could see the vast Great Salt Lake from both sides. But that wasn’t white sand beaches we saw. It was salt; hence, why it’s called “the Great Salt Lake”. But ironically we didn’t go to see the Antelope. Instead, we went to see the Bison!
In late June 2016, part of our visit to Utah was a working one. I attended the 4-day Young Living Convention in Salt Lake City. Dan stayed behind at Hill Air Force Base FamCamp to catch up on some maintenance on our fifth wheel. Once the convention was over, he picked me up from my hotel room and headed back to Liberty so we could do some sightseeing.
The morning following the convention, we woke with the sun, ate a hearty breakfast and ventured out to the Great Salt Lake’s Antelope Island State Park as recommended by some RV friends who visited prior.
On the causeway before reaching Antelope Island, we stopped to check out the U.S. Army Ranger and Air Force Memorial.
The memorial was dedicated in the memory of the five U.S. Army Soldiers from the 75th Ranger Regiment and seven U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Air Wing who died October 29, 1992. Their MH-60G Pave Hawk crashed approximately 100 yards off the northern tip of Antelope Island. We read the Servicemen were participating in a training exercise in unfavorable weather at the time of the 9:15 pm crash.
The Antelope Island bison herd is significant because it is one of the largest and oldest publicly-owned bison herds in the Nation. This herd is one of the two bison herds managed by the State of Utah. The other herd is in the Henry Mountains.
About the Antelope Island Bison herd…
- Yellowstone Park (3,500 bison)
- Custer State Park ,South Dakota (1,300 bison)
- Henry Mountains in south-central Utah (300 to 500 bison)
- National Bison Range Herd near Flathead Lake, Montana (400 bison)
- Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota (350 bison)
Antelope Island State Park Visitor Center
- Open Daily 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas
- Visitor Center Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Fielding Garr Ranch Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm