Antelope Island State Park

Interpretive Programs and Special Events

Throughout 2019: 50 Miles for 50 Years Challenge 50th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt – Print the brochures and get out and enjoy the park! 

May 2019

All Month
Historic Preservation Month
To celebrate Historic Preservation Month, Fielding Garr Ranch will have a special Junior Ranger self guide–only available this month. Why is Fielding Garr Ranch worth preserving? Take on the role of a historian to analyze maps, look at pictures, read people’s mail, and inspect buildings close-up to find out for yourself! Only a limited number of guides will be printed. For more information, e-mail caldrich@utah.gov.

May 24-26
Cowboy Legends
Antelope Island’s famous cowboy poetry and western music gathering. Presented by Friends of Antelope Island and Western Music Association. We have two stages of music and cowboy poetry, a kid stage, open mic and jam session stage, and plenty of food and art vendors. There is no admission cost beyond regular entry fees to the park; however, the evening dinner show is $5/person or $15/family of four. Dry camping is available for $15.

Schedule:
Friday: Music and Poetry Noon – 5:00 / Dinner Show 6:00-8:00
Saturday: Music and Poetry 10:00 – 5:00 / Dinner Show 6:00 – 8:00
Sunday: Cowboy Church 9:00 – 10:00 / Music and Poetry 10:20 – 5:00 / Dinner Show 6:00 – 8:00
Monday: Music and Poetry 10:00 – 5:00 / Patriotic Program Noon – 2:30

 

June 2019

June 1
Star Party
Join park staff and members of Ogden Astronomical Society for a public star party in White Rock Bay. Solar viewing begins at 7:00 pm followed by deep space viewing after dark. Telescopes are provided by members of the astronomical society and will be focused on several deep space objects such as nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. Please ensure all flashlights have red filters. No reservation required. Park entrance fees apply. For more information, contact wendywilson@utah.gov.

June 7 – FULL
Documentary Screening: Saving the Dark (followed by night sky viewing)
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm in the Visitor Center
80% of the world’s population live under light polluted skies. What do we lose when we lose sight of the stars? Excessive and improper lighting robs us of our night skies, disrupts our sleep patterns and endangers nocturnal habitats. Saving the Dark explores the need to preserve night skies and ways to combat light pollution. Director Sriram Murali took it upon himself to raise awareness of light pollution through the creation of this film.  Viewing of the film is free. Park entrance fees apply. Following the film, we will be doing a short night sky program. For more information, contact wendywilson@utah.gov.

June 8
Fielding Garr Ranch Tours: “Home on the Range”
Workers on the ranching operations of Antelope Island didn’t just make their living from the land. They made their homes from the land, ate from the land, and lived because of the land. Explore the unique human history of Antelope Island with the Fielding Garr Ranch Manager at 11:00, 1:00, and 4:00. For more information, e-mail caldrich@utah.gov.

June 15
Fathers Day Activities
Come have 133 years worth of fun at Fielding Garr Ranch! We will have games, chores, and crafts that will take you from 1848 to 1981 in one trip. See how you do at rolling a hoop, put together a round of kick the can, and befriend your very own pet rock. Kids will get to make a special Fathers Day gift (but we won’t ruin the surprise). For more information, e-mail caldrich@utah.gov.

June 15
Huntsman 140 – Charity Bike Ride
The Huntsman 140 is an epic ride through some of Utah’s most beautiful areas in support of cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. This year, part of the 140-mile distance will take place on Antelope Island State Park. 

Park Impacts: No roads will be closed for this event. Expect increased bike traffic upon entry, and along park roads. 

June 22
Fielding Garr Ranch Tours: “Life and Death at Fielding Garr Ranch”
Antelope Island was used for 133 years as ranch land. There are countless stories: happy, sad, and just plain weird. Walk the grounds with the Fielding Garr Ranch Manager at 11:00, 1:00, and 4:00 to hear some of the every day things and unusual events where they happened. For more information, e-mail caldrich@utah.gov.

 

July 2019

July 4
Family Activities
Come have 133 years worth of fun at Fielding Garr Ranch! We will have games, chores, and crafts that will take you from 1848 to 1981 in one trip. See how you do at rolling a hoop, put together a round of kick the can, and befriend your very own pet rock. For more information, e-mail caldrich@utah.gov.

July 6
UMFA in the Wild: Antelope Island State Park | Become a Land Artist
Join the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Utah’s amazing wilderness to create your own Land art. We will learn about the Land art movement in America and especially Utah’s own famous Land art sculptures. Then after creating art using natural materials, you can document it with a Polaroid picture you can keep. Meet 10:00 am at the visitor center amphitheater.

July 24
Pioneer Day Activities
Make Fielding Garr Ranch your destination for Pioneer Day. We have fun activities, games, and crafts from the pioneer days. See how you do at rolling a hoop, walking on stilts, see if you can spin wool, and do some laundry. For more information, e-mail caldrich@utah.gov.

 

August 2019

August 2 – FULL
Documentary Screening: Saving the Dark (followed by night sky viewing)
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm in the Visitor Center
80% of the world’s population live under light polluted skies. What do we lose when we lose sight of the stars? Excessive and improper lighting robs us of our night skies, disrupts our sleep patterns and endangers nocturnal habitats. Saving the Dark explores the need to preserve night skies and ways to combat light pollution. Director Sriram Murali took it upon himself to raise awareness of light pollution through the creation of this film.  Viewing of the film is free. Park entrance fees apply. Following the film, we will be doing a short night sky program. For more information, contact wendywilson@utah.gov.

August 10
UMFA in the Wild: Antelope Island State Park | Cloudscapes
Join the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Utah’s amazing wilderness to create cloudscapes, landscapes of clouds and the sky! Get inspiration from Utah artists famous for paintings of big Western skies then observe the sky above to draw your own cloudscape. Meet 10:00 am at the visitor center amphitheater. 

August 24
Star Party
Join park staff and members of Ogden Astronomical Society for a public star party in White Rock Bay. Solar viewing begins at 7:00 pm followed by deep space viewing after dark. Telescopes are provided by members of the astronomical society and will be focused on several deep space objects such as nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. Please ensure all flashlights have red filters. No reservation required. Park entrance fees apply. For more information, contact wendywilson@utah.gov.

 

September 2019

September 21
Star Party
Join park staff and members of Ogden Astronomical Society for a public star party in White Rock Bay. Solar viewing begins at 5:00 pm followed by deep space viewing after dark. Telescopes are provided by members of the astronomical society and will be focused on several deep space objects such as nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. Please ensure all flashlights have red filters. No reservation required. Park entrance fees apply. For more information, contact wendywilson@utah.gov.

September 28
Antelope 50K Mountain Bike Race The Antelope 50K Mountain Bike Race by Endura Events will take place along the White Rock Bay Backcountry Trails, including White Rock Loop, Junction Trail and Split Rock Loop. The races being at 9:00 am.

Park Impacts: No roads or trails will be closed for this event. Expect additional bike traffic along the White Rock trails.

 

October 2019

October 4 – FULL
Documentary Screening: Saving the Dark (followed by night sky viewing)

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Visitor Center
80% of the world’s population live under light polluted skies. What do we lose when we lose sight of the stars? Excessive and improper lighting robs us of our night skies, disrupts our sleep patterns and endangers nocturnal habitats. Saving the Dark explores the need to preserve night skies and ways to combat light pollution. Director Sriram Murali took it upon himself to raise awareness of light pollution through the creation of this film.  Viewing of the film is free. Park entrance fees apply. Following the film, we will be doing a short night sky program. For more information, contact wendywilson@utah.gov.

October 26
Annual Bison Roundup
The Annual Bison Roundup takes place beginning at 9:00 am from Fielding Garr Ranch. Members of the public are invited to watch this unique event from several locations throughout the park. Get here early and watch the horse riders set out for the day, or come and set up along the east side road any time between 9:30 am and 11:00 am to watch as the herd is driven north. From 10:00 am until the bison are in the corrals (around 2:00 pm), join us in White Rock Bay viewing area for activities, education, food, and more as we wait for the herd to be pushed around the corner and past the viewing area into the corrals. For more information contact charityowens@utah.gov.

October 26
Star Party
Join park staff and members of Ogden Astronomical Society for a public star party in White Rock Bay. Solar viewing begins at 5:00 pm followed by deep space viewing after dark. Telescopes are provided by members of the astronomical society and will be focused on several deep space objects such as nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. Please ensure all flashlights have red filters. No reservation required. Park entrance fees apply. For more information, contact wendywilson@utah.gov.

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