Antelope Island State Park

Interpretive Programs and Special Events

March 2018

March 2
Sunset Hike
Learn about what critters come out at night on Antelope Island while hiking to a great sunset view.  We will hike back down as the (almost) full moon is coming up.  We will hike to the ridge just before Dooley Knob.  This trail is a bit strenuous because of elevation gain but we will only be hiking 1 mile up (2 miles total). Meet at the upper Frary Peak parking lot at  5:30 pm.

March 3
Sentry Loop Hike
Mushroom Springs is a very important natural spring on Antelope Island.  Learn about the extensive restoration project done in 2017 to make the water more accessible to wildlife as we hike the Sentry loop trail past Mushroom Springs.  This  hike is 5.6 miles total and we will be gaining about 1000 feet in elevation. Meet the park naturalist at the trail head at 10:00 am.

March 10
Guided Ranch Tours
Come and join us at 2:00 pm for guided tours with the curator at the Fielding Garr Ranch. See the entire ranch site from the original ranch house, shearing barns and corrals. Please be sure to dress for the weather as the tour is in the cold weather. For more information email clayshelley@utah.gov.

March 10
Buffalo Run 25K
Buffalo Run Adventures holds its 25K trail run beginning at 9:00 am. The race will begin and end at the Event Field in White Rock Bay. The course will cover White Rock Loop, Junction Trail, and Split Rock Loop. There will be occasional vehicle traffic along Bone Road to resupply the aid station located at the junction to Elephant Head Trail.

Park Impacts: Expect up to 400 runners along the back country trail system and increased vehicles and traffic in the White Rock Bay area. No roads or trails will be closed for this event.

March 19-20
Open Access Shed Hunt
This is a registration only event. Registration will take place each morning beginning at 6:30 am at the Davis County Parking Lot, just outside the park gates.  A drawing of 100 participants each day will begin at 7:30 am.  Registrants may put two names per entry to be drawn together. The cost is $50.00 per person if your name(s) are drawn.

Park Impacts: Expect to see people off trail on the east side of the island on Monday, and the west side of the Island on Tuesday. Only registered participants have access off trail and will be identified with a bright colored flagging tape, which will be required to be worn.

March 23-24
Buffalo Run 50K, 50 Mile and 100 Miles
Buffalo Run Adventures holds its 100 mile, 50 mile and 50K trail runs beginning Friday at 12:00 pm for the 100 mile, and Saturday beginning at 6:00 am and 8:00 am for the 50 mile and 50K runs. The course will cover White Rock Loop, Junction Trail, Elephant Head, Split Rock Loop, Mountain View trail, and some park roads. There will be occasional vehicle traffic along Bone Road to resupply the aid station located at the junction to Elephant Head, as well as aid stations along the east side road. Lower Frary parking lot will be closed to the public.

Park Impacts: Expect up to 400 runners along the park trails, and along some roads. Expect increased vehicle traffic along park roads and in White Rock Bay. Lower Frary Parking Lot will be closed to the public for this event.

March 31
Jr Ranger Bunny Search
Bunnies abound! Learn about the rabbits and hares that live on Antelope Island.  After a short indoor talk we will take a short 1/8 mile hike to look for these cute critters in their natural habitat. This program is geared for young children but all ages are welcome.  Each child that attends will earn a Jr Ranger badge. Meet in the visitor center at 11:00 am. This program will last 30-45 minutes.
Note: This is not an Easter egg hunt!

 

April 2018

April 7
Beacon Knob hike
Learn how Beacon Knob got its name and the history behind the name.  We will start at the Gravel Pit trailhead.  More details coming soon!

April 14 
Haunted Ranch
Is the Fielding Garr Ranch Haunted? Come and see for your self. Meet at the Fielding Garr Ranch at 8:00 pm and learn about methods used to detect unexplained things. You will be allowed to wander through the buildings looking for evidence of visitors from beyond the grave. Please bring a flashlight and camera. For more information email clayshelley@utah.gov.

April 14-15
Antelope Island Endurance Ride
The annual equestrian endurance ride will take place along park trails and some service roads. Start and finish will begin in the Event Field of White Rock Bay. This is the 34th year for this event on Antelope Island and includes 25 mile, 50 mile and 100 mile endurance rides.

Park Impacts: No roads or trails will be closed for this event. Expect additional horse traffic along the trails and some park service roads. Additional vehicle traffic should be expected in White Rock Bay.

April 28 
Antelope Island’s Sheep History Day
Come and join us for a day filled with the island’s sheep history as we celebrate our sheep shearing barn and the island’s sheep history. Come and watch the shearing system in operation at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm. There will be a wool processing junior ranger program about how sheep were sheared and wool was processed on Antelope Island at 11:00 am. (There will not be any sheep sheared during this program.) Though this informative Junior Ranger program is geared for ages 6-12 people of all ages are welcome. There will be a History of Sheep Ranching on Antelope Island Lecture at 2:00 pm on how Antelope Island’s sheep industry influenced Utah’s wool market at the Fielding Garr Ranch (There will not be any sheep sheared during this program.) For more information email clayshelley@utah.gov.

 

May 2018

May 25-28 
13th annual Antelope Island’s Cowboy Legends Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering
Come and join us in celebrating the West in our 11th annual Cowboy Poetry and Music gathering at the historic Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island State Park. Antelope Island’s Cowboy Legends is a four day event with the best western musicians and cowboy poets in the State of Utah. Take a historic wagon ride with the Utah Western Heritage Foundation. There will be booths filled with saddle makers, hat makers, spurs, chaps and other cowboy collectibles; two dinner shows (Friday and Saturday evenings), Cowboy Church on Sunday morning and a campfire sing along Sunday evening. There are games and educational activities for the kids. Great western food available breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available. For more information email clayshelley@utah.gov or go to www.CowboyLegendsAI.com.

 

July 2018

July 21 
Pioneer Day Celebration
Come and join in the fun celebrating Pioneer Day with Games from 10:00 am -12:00 pm and guided tours of the Fielding Garr Ranch from 3-4:00 pm. For more information email clayshelley@utah.gov.

July 21 
Antelope Island Pioneers lecture
Come join us at 1:00 pm for an informative lecture about Antelope Island’s Pioneers at one of Utah’s earliest ranches, the historic Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island State Park. For more information email clayshelley@utah.gov.

 

August 2018

August 18 
Fielding Garr Birthday Celebration
Come and join in the fun celebrating Fielding Garr’s 224th birthday with guided tours of the Fielding Garr Ranch at 11:00 am & 4:00 pm and a lecture on Fielding Garr at 2:00 pm. For more information please email clayshelley@utah.gov.

 

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