Weekend Travels : Antelope Island

Sarah Gibson Room for TuesdayTo explain my absence from the blog last week, Emmett and I had house guests visiting from out-of-state. Typically I plan well in advance, but this time I didn’t do so hot. I ran out of content, but I’m eager to get back into a routine and back on track starting this week! Long story short- in addition to our favorite local spots, we played tourists and took our friends on a day trip to Antelope Island over the weekend. Click through and check out our adventures…

Antelope Island BeachIf you’re a Utah local, this state park is a must. I had no idea you could find a sandy beach (complete with grazing bison) in Utah- of all places! I shouldn’t have been surprised based on the state’s vast and ever-changing landscape. Either way, this gem located 30-40 minutes outside of Salt Lake City felt like a world away.

Wild BisonWe were among only a handful of people visiting and were able to experience wild buffalo, pronghorns, and mule deer up close and personal. The entire place was super secluded and pretty much empty.

Bison on Antelope Island

Pronghorn on Antelope IslandThis place really is magic! It’s a peninsula surrounded by the Great Salt Lake. We spent the day driving around the island, hiking, observing wildlife, and hunting for beautiful salt crystals and geodes along the beach. Thanks to the salt content in the lake, there are amazing ones to be found!

Beach in Utah

Antelope Island UtahAntelope Island is sort of the best of both worlds- unbeatable mountain views and sandy beaches.

Antelope Island State ParkI’m already planning our next trip back. It’s only $10 to get into the state park, so I’m dreaming up another day trip- complete with wine and a beachside picnic.

Walking on the BeachLast week we had crazy weather here in Salt Lake, but despite the clouds and unseasonably warm weather, it was the perfect day on the island.

Wild Buffalo

Bison in UtahThe more we explore this insanely gorgeous state, the more we fall in love with it. Has anyone else visited this cool place? I have to thank Emmett for the photos. I was fully checked out of “work mode” and didn’t touch the camera the entire day. I love that he was able to capture some lovely vignettes and the vast landscape, so I could share them with you!

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  1. This area is breathtaking, Sarah. It does seem like it belongs in another time and place. Thank you both for sharing its ethereal beauty. Cheers, Ardith

    1. It really is a beautiful place. Thanks, Ardith! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. xoxo

  2. Elizabeth says:

    We went here a few years ago while visiting friends in SLC. Amazing! Glad you found it.

    1. I loved it! What time of the year did you make it there, Elizabeth? I’m wondering how it will be this spring and summer. xo

  3. beautiful photos! you could sell that third shot on Minted! i know it would be very well-like!

    1. We’re thinking about putting that shot in our house :)