The Beehive State is known for its beautiful national parks such as Zion and Bryce, but there's a hidden gem that's one of our favorites. Nestled on the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island in Utah is filled with a variety of wildlife and has some of the best photo opportunities around.

A drive on a small, two-lane road will take you to one of the state's coolest gems. The 28,000 square foot island is one of the biggest on the lake and some rocks there have been dated back to 1.7 billion years ago, according to the park's website.

The isle is also home to a wide range of wildlife including free roam bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and more.

There are a variety of hiking and biking trails that you can try out. Entrance fees start at $10 per vehicle for up to eight people, or you can bike in for $3 per person.  

It's open year-round with exceptions to holidays. If you want to go on a grand adventure, you can opt for a horseback ride on the island. There are many different packages to choose from. 

Back in 1893, only 12 animals were brought here. Now over 110 years later there is a bison herd that ranges between 550 - 700. 

It's possible to see them roaming around during your visit. You should appreciate their beauty from a distance and it's best to follow these safety rules

Although the island is surrounded by saltwater, the wildlife relies on the many freshwater springs found there. 

If you'd rather take in the beauty over the course of the week, you can utilize one of the primitive campsites. The price varies for each site. 

Whether you're a Utah native or love exploring, this is one of the best places to visit. 

Antelope Island State Park

Price: $10 per vehicle or $3 per person on bicycle or motorcycle 

Address: 4528 West 1700 South, Syracuse, Utah

Why You Need To Go: You can explore an island filled with wildlife + lakes + beaches. 

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We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment, and the animals. 

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