Utah, Part 3: Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake

Don’t miss Part 1: Snowbird and Cecret Lake and Part 2: Wyoming!

Our last day in Utah we decided to head over to Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake. We’d been told it was “a whole other world out there,” and an “experience.” Not quite knowing what to expect, but being warned that it was smelly, we jumped in the car and drove over.

Antelope Island is the largest island on the Great Salt Lake. It’s home to bison, pronghorn antelope, elk, and all sorts of other creatures. As for the Great Salt Lake, it’s the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere.

Antelope IslandAntelope Island has tons of hiking and biking opportunities, but we weren’t able to take advantage of them since we had to fly out that night. We drove around the island, took lots of pictures, and even did a little yoga on the point.

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AI 2The Great Salt Lake was gorgeous, though nothing like I expected. It did smell (like sulpher), though not terribly, and only when we were crossing the causeway to the island. We asked at the visitors center, and it’s because of the bacteria. There were also tons of bugs on the sand. They’re brine flies, and totally uninterested in humans – in fact, they get out of the way – but they are kind of gross. Jennifer took a video of me “herding” them.

Anyway, on to the lake.

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Looking at the Great Salt LakeI also had this great idea to have my picture taken lying in the field in front of the Great Salt Lake…not sure it quite came out the way I hoped. Eh? If nothing else it’s kind of amusing.


Standing in the Great Salt LakeAfter standing in the Great Salt Lake, because…well, that’s what you do….we drove up to Buffalo Point. I’m not sure why it’s called Buffalo Point, since it’s clearly Bison on the island (and yes, there’s a difference). Nevermind though, the views were great, and it was a perfect backdrop for a little yoga.

So ok, I’m sharing this photo because I really like it. And because I’m freakin’ proud that I can do Utthita Hasta Padangustasana (extended hand to big toe pose). I’d like to point out, however, that in this photo, my form is not entirely desirable….part of that is the angle, part of that is the shoes I’m wearing, and part of it is that I’m just not a stellar yogi (yet). So don’t judge, mmkay?

Yoga at the Great Salt LakeAfter yoga we drove around looking for bison. AND WE FOUND THEM. We lucked out, one crossed the street about 20 feet in front of our car. We were super excited about it.

Bison Crossing Sign

Bison Street

Bison 2And also terrified of getting out of the car. So we didn’t…but we still got good pictures.

Bison 6I’ll be honest, there wasn’t much that could top the bison crossing, so we headed back toward the mainland. During the drive a storm rolled in, and it was absolutely breathtaking to see.

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Check out the sand blowing across the lake!

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And those clouds!!

I couldn’t resist one last photo op….

Hugging the BisonAnd yes, I realize I’m wearing a blue shirt in every single photo from this trip. I took two, and originally I was wearing a grey shirt for Antelope Island. But I got hot, so out came the blue tank top. Again. Ahem.

If you’re ever in the Salt Lake City area, I highly recommend a trip to Antelope Island. I totally get what everyone was saying about it being a whole other world…it’s hard to describe. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen, but it’s beautiful.

I’m kind of sad to be almost at the end of the Utah posts! I’ve saved the city itself for last. On to Part 4!


  1. Great photos! My daughter and I drove past Salt Lake last year when we moved across the US. I wish I’d known about Angel Island, (and the Bison), at the time. Looks like it would have been a great stop!