Hike, mountain bike or horseback ride the park’s backcountry trails for spectacular views of lake and island scenery; spend a star-filled night in one of several primitive campsites; stroll along sandy beaches and take a dip in the lake’s salty waters or step back in time with a visit to the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch. Antelope Island is home to free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn (antelope), and many other desert animals. Millions of birds congregate along the shores surrounding the island, offering unparalleled opportunities for birding. Year round Interpretive opportunities round out the Antelope Island experience.
West Antelope Island Fire: Due to the recent fire on Antelope Island State Park, please note the following:
- East Side/Ranch Road will remain closed through Monday, July 25th. Access to Fielding Garr Ranch will re-open on Tuesday, July 26th.
- All back country trails (those south of the “2000 acre” fence), including Mountain View Trail, are closed and will remain closed until the area can be fully evaluated.
In total, 15,111 acres burned during this lightning caused fire. Fire crews will continue to monitor for hot spots through Monday. There have been no confirmed reports of losses or injury to wildlife. One fire fighter suffered and was treated for a heat related injury. Over the next several weeks, park management and wildlife officials will evaluate the area to determine the impact the fire has had on recreation areas and wildlife forage. Although this was a very large fire, there are still thousands of acres unaffected by the fire which serve as critical habitat for wildlife.
Closure: To protect nesting birds, Egg Island and White Rock are closed to access year-round.
Insects: For an update on what’s out and what to prepare for, check our Current Conditions.
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