Antelope Island State Park

Interpretive Programs and Special Events

2023 Events

February 4
Hike with a Ranger – A Journey Through Time
Meet at the Buffalo Point Trailhead at 1:00pm for a 1/2 mile family and leashed-dog friendly hike to the summit of Buffalo Point.  We’ll travel back 50,000 years and explore the changes in the landscape along the way. Trail conditions at Buffalo Point are snow packed and icy. Traction cleats are strongly recommended. Those at higher risk of injury from falls should avoid this trail.
There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

February 11
Meet C/2022 E3 (The Green Comet)

Check out The Green Comet with your very own eyes!
Friends from @NightSkyScience and @OgdenAstronomy will be on site with telescopes. Bring your own telescopes, binoculars, tripods and cameras with at least 200mm lens to capture it for yourself.
The Visitor Center will be open, but most activity will take place outside. Dress warm! This event is weather-dependent. Check here often for updates
There is no fee for this event – regular park entry fees do apply. Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

April 29
OAS Star Party
6:00pm White Rock Bay Trailhead
Join the Ogden Astronomical Society for an evening of sun and star gazing.  Safely look at our sun through telescopes, then distant objects in our universe after sunset.  This is a public, come and go as you wish event.  For more information about the Ogden Astronomical Society, visit http://ogdenastronomy.org/
There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

May 20
OAS Star Party
6:00pm White Rock Bay Trailhead
Join the Ogden Astronomical Society for an evening of sun and star gazing.  Safely look at our sun through telescopes, then distant objects in our universe after sunset.  This is a public, come and go as you wish event.  For more information about the Ogden Astronomical Society, visit http://ogdenastronomy.org/
There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

June 24
OAS Star Party
7:00pm White Rock Bay Trailhead
Join the Ogden Astronomical Society for an evening of sun and star gazing.  Safely look at our sun through telescopes, then distant objects in our universe after sunset.  This is a public, come and go as you wish event.  For more information about the Ogden Astronomical Society, visit http://ogdenastronomy.org/
There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

July 22
UMFA in the Wild | Fantastical Landscapes
10:00am Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join the UMFA in Utah’s amazing wilderness to experience nature and make art. Get inspired by the artwork in the UMFA collection called Hot Dog Bridge by Russel Gordon and make your own strange and fanciful drawings of objects in the landscape. Will pancakes fly over the mountains? Will you swim in a river of stars? It’s all up to you and your imagination. 
There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact virginia.catherall@umfa.utah.edu with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

August 12
OAS Star Party
7:00pm White Rock Bay Trailhead
Join the Ogden Astronomical Society for an evening of sun and star gazing.  Safely look at our sun through telescopes, then distant objects in our universe after sunset.  This is a public, come and go as you wish event.  For more information about the Ogden Astronomical Society, visit http://ogdenastronomy.org/
There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

August TBA
Annual Spider Festival
Every year, hundreds of orb weaver spiders make quite a showing with their webs in just about every bush and stationary object in the park. Come learn about these harmless spiders, as well as other spiders that live on Antelope Island and throughout Utah. 
More information to come!

September 2
UMFA in the Wild | Make a Nature Rubbing Book
10:00am Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join the UMFA in Utah’s amazing wilderness to experience nature and make art. Learn about the variety of textures in nature and how artists represent them in paintings and drawings. Construct your own book to classify and record rubbings of the natural textures around you.
There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact virginia.catherall@umfa.utah.edu with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

September 9
OAS Star Party
6:00pm White Rock Bay Trailhead
Join the Ogden Astronomical Society for an evening of sun and star gazing.  Safely look at our sun through telescopes, then distant objects in our universe after sunset.  This is a public, come and go as you wish event.  For more information about the Ogden Astronomical Society, visit http://ogdenastronomy.org/
There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

October 14
Annular Solar Eclipse

Join us, to (safely) stare at the sun as the moon moves across it, partially blocking its light. Solar viewing glasses will be available for purchase at the Visitor Center Gift Shop and other retailers. Never look at the sun without proper eye protection. More details for this event are coming. There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.

October 21
OAS Star Party
5:00pm White Rock Bay Trailhead
Join the Ogden Astronomical Society for an evening of sun and star gazing.  Safely look at our sun through telescopes, then distant objects in our universe after sunset.  This is a public, come and go as you wish event.  For more information about the Ogden Astronomical Society, visit http://ogdenastronomy.org/
There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

October TBA
2023 Annual Bison Roundup
Spectators, come and watch over 200 riders on horseback round up the island’s 750 bison during the annual bison roundup. The roundup is an important part of the bison and island management. 
Park Impacts: Increased traffic on roadways.  All trails but Buffalo Point, Ladyfinger Point and Lakeside Loop will be closed.

Roundup Watch Party / Exposition
Join us in White Rock Bay starting at 10:00 am to watch the team of riders make the final push leading bison into the corrals.  We’ll have food, games and fun activities for families.  Bring cash – some vendors may not be able to accept credit.
Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions or if you are interested at participating as a vendor/exhibitor at this event.

November TBA
Working of the Bison
Join us at the bison corrals for an up-close (and safe) opportunity to see bison, and learn how and why they are managed.  
Free walking tours will be given from 9am to 4pm with a lunch break at noon.  A video tour of the working is also available at this event.  
Park Impacts: None

November TBA
Bison Auction
This year’s live auction will take place online.  Auction time and details TBA.

2024 Events

January 1
First Day Hike
Kick off the new year in a healthy way!  Join the park naturalist for a hike at Antelope Island.  
Time and trail information TBD.
This event is free- but regular park entry fees apply. Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

*Come back often for updates on more events and activities.